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Britt
Id love to know what is the best privacy treatment for a north facing window on a solar passive house (that still allows light to pass through in winter to warm the polished concrete floor)?
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HU-96441120923

One reservation about etched or obscure glass and its provision of privacy for bathrooms and bedrooms - when you stand close to this glazing every detail can be seen! I had a distressed call from a neighbour saying that she was SO GLAD her husband had not been around when she saw me through the bathroom window when I did step too close to it. Curtain promptly added! I think etched glass provides the IMPRESSION of privacy, whilst not actually providing it! Dangerous!

Another type of glass not mentioned is mirrored glass. This finish provides a reflective surface on the outside creating a reflection of the view, while still maintaining a a clear view from inside. Think this probably doesn't work at night with lights on. I am thinking of adding this to the very open-to-the-public glazed front wall of my unit, to provide a level of privacy through the day. Blinds and drapes cover the night time.

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Yvonne

HU-96441120923 So true! I have a ground floor 1930s apartment with period textured glass in the bathroom window. In previous detached homes of similar vintage this has been more than adequate for bathroom privacy. In my current block, however, the path along the back of the building runs right next to the exterior wall, with a fence on the other side. So any of my neighbours walking behind the building can look into the bathroom window from a distance of about 50cm, closer if they wished! At this close distance you can see a lot. It might be blurry or distorted, but even so very little is left to the imagination. Even more so at night. So it's blinds closed for me! I'm looking into a more serious privacy solution for the lower half of the window (above head height when from the outside).

   

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