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1L243 01-26-2008 01:44 AM

Installing New Bathroom Window
I want to install a small bathroom window maybe 12 x 36 or 12 x 48. The problem is I have a tub surround that has only 15" from the top of the surround to the ceiling. I have not opened up the wall yet so I really don't know exactly how much room I have to deal with . The window guys say I need a header? There is no room for a header. I may have enough room to add and additional 2 x 4 as a header but wont know till I get into it. This is a outside load bearing wall and will be a new window installation.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


G2G 01-26-2008 01:57 AM

With the information you have given I would guess you are out of luck, sorry. There is most likely double top plates at the ceiling which now reduces the 15" to 12". If you want a 12" tall window you will need a 14" rough opening, plus an appropriate sized header for the width.

If you want to add some natural light above the tub, you could build some custom windows to fit between the studs. Just make sure to seal and flash it all correctly.

AtlanticWBConst. 01-26-2008 07:46 AM

What G2G wrote....(same)

1L243 01-26-2008 11:00 AM

You know an interesting thing about this is I had the same window company I talked to yesterday out here about a year ago for an estimate. We decided not to do it. But no mention of header or how they would have done it. I must assume that they were just going to do it without a header. I am glad I got more information before tearing into it like I normally do...


Randell Tarin 01-26-2008 11:40 AM

We put a skylight over our tub/shower. It provides the needed light and maintains privacy.

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