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Bath with a view, but what about privacy? Here are ways to get both.

Light streams in through the expansive, curving, all-glass wall of a double shower. In the desert, one corner of a master bath lays the room wide open to a secret garden. A whirlpool tub nearly fills a crow's-nest-like, third-story bay overlooking a broad stretch of an eastern Washington lake. What's going on here?

After years of timidly testing the balance between a need for privacy and a desire for a view, bathrooms have begun to take advantage in earnest of available light and sights. Given a climate so conducive to indoor-outdoor spaces elsewhere in their houses, Westerners are developing a more adventurous approach to the design of this most intimate space.

Double vanities and whirlpool tubs have helped make the bathroom more efficient and enjoyable, but opening the room up without sacrificing privacy remains a tricky final step.

The rooms on these pages exemplify four strategies for lightening up without baring all.

Rise above your neighbors. Putting the bath on or near the top of your house offers both panorama and privacy.

Annex a view and enclose it. Convert a portion of your landscape to create a low-maintenance view garden. Deep over-, hangs cut direct glare, and an encircling wall ensures privacy.

Install an openable skylight. Roof windows let in light, and make a space feel roomier. When open, skylights exhaust stale air and moisture.

Maximize light and edit the view. You can combine glass in different forms (panels, blocks) and finishes (clear, translucent) to bring in more light and landscape while still screening your body. Generally, transparent materials are suitable above chin height of the tallest occupant-but much depends on the heights and locations of neighbors' windows.
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