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Window above tub shower is the only ventilation for the bathroom, but opening either sash provides a clear view into the shower from the units across the courtyard. (When you are actually standing there, the units directly across the courtyard are closer than they appear in the picture, which had to be taken on a diagonal due to the bathroom/shower layout.

Suggestions to provide privacy in this situation while still allowing sufficient ventilation?



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Try making a curtain for the window out of a plastic shower curtain. Or, better yet, go to a fabric store. I think there are fabrics available that are decorative and water resistant.

You can use a tension rod to hang the curtain.

If you don't know someone who could make the curtain for you, ask an employee in the fabric store if they know of anyone with a sewing business.
 

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Just open the window when no ones in the bathroom and close it when it's aired out.
Anything put over the openings will stop air flow which is the reason the window is open to begin with.
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The louver would not stop the air flow and you could put maybe just an 18" louver on the top to allow air flow while not blocking all the light from the lower part of the window. I have used outdoor showers that were made entirely of louvers and the air flow freely while privacy was preserved.

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Though it's hard to tell from the picture, I know that most double hung windows can tilt in for cleaning. If that is the case, another easy option would be to get four suction cups and attach them to the creamic tile along the jambs, two just below center, the other two a few inches below the top. This would allow you to open the window slightly, tilt them in but stop them from tilting in fully. Allowing airflow but blocking view. Would looke something like this open:
 

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Obviously it needs a high curtain but the lower section could just be opened when the shower is finished.
Not everyone has good ventilation in a shower area. If they did there wouldn't be steam all over the mirror when you got finished.

It's a minor deal.
 

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I totally disagree that it is a minor deal. Yes, poor ventilation leads to steam on mirrors and moisture on every surface which will lead to mold and mildew which can be a very big deal, especially to anyone with respitory problems. The OP stated that the window is their only source of ventilation for that bath, but they want privacy at the same time.
 

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Though it's hard to tell from the picture, I know that most double hung windows can tilt in for cleaning. If that is the case, another easy option would be to get four suction cups and attach them to the creamic tile along the jambs, two just below center, the other two a few inches below the top. This would allow you to open the window slightly, tilt them in but stop them from tilting in fully. Allowing airflow but blocking view. Would looke something like this open:
The weight of the sashes and the unreliability of suction cups would give me pause for this solution.
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A bath fan is definitely in order. Unless you're in Florida, what are the chances that the window will be opened for showering year-round?
 
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