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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.

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