You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Magazine

Your Home: Kitchens and Baths

The smartest bathroom window

An unusual pane of glass in this Swampscott home plays hide-and-seek with the ocean view.

Just behind the vanities is a giant window that transforms from opaque to transparent at the flip of a switch, revealing ocean views.

Because bathrooms need to ensure privacy, Hall replaced the room’s tiny window with a much larger one made of Smart Glass. The new 8-by-10-foot window, composed of liquid crystal sandwiched between two panes of glass, transforms from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch. Fabricated by Pittsfield-based LTI Group, the roughly 700-pound window is an inch-and-a-quarter thick and had to be hoisted up to the second-story bathroom by crane. “It was pretty impressive to watch,” says Hall, noting that the expanse of glass was the largest LTI had ever made.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week