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This master bathroom was designed by Tom Vriesman and Chip Kalleen and built by WrightWorks. The shower has a glass block window.

An operable skylight brings in additional natural light.

The shower is lined with glass tile by Ann Sacks.

The glass block has an extended jamb in slab slate to match the slate shower floor. He set the slate jamb in thinset and left a "movable" joint where the slate meets the glass tile.

Wright says glass block windows work well in areas thatt require both light and privacy. Also, because there are no operable panels, the window is secure.

The shower is inside a master bath that the designers enlarged by moving the bedroom wall and removing a number of bulkheads. The pocket doors are natural pine with white laminate glass, set in a custom cherry jamb.

The bathroom has a slate floor and two vanities.

All of the cabinetry, including the vanities, is custom-made from cherry veneers and solids.

The bathroom has radiant heat under the slate tile and a heated towel bar.

The Toto Washlet toilet has a heated seat.

This remodel by Mark of Excellence has a new operable glass window with opaque glass. Company owner Mark Elia prefers to use fixed windows because they do not have any hardware. However, when he does include an operable window, he specifies stainless steel hardware that holds up well when exposed to moisture.

For this master bathroom remodel, the homeowners wanted to maintain the line of horizontal windows that run just below the roof line. Remodeler Bill Dolan of Pine Street Carpenters says having the line of windows higher up inside this shower helps protect it from water exposure.

The shower has two side-by-side windows--one is a vinyl awning and the other is a fixed window.

The shower has both a main handheld shower fixture and a ceiling mounted Kohler Rain fixture.

Pine Street crews installed cement board up to the sill and topped it with tile. The cement board is taped around the window opening, similar to creating a niche inside a shower. The jamb is made of Corian. The seam where the tile and Corian meet is grouted and caulked. Dolan says these areas should be regularly caulked and maintained to prevent water damaged.

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