How do I cut wall panels for my bathroom to fit around the window?

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I want to put up bath surround panels over a tub and also a shower base, but there is a window that would be half covered up. I want to cut it to expose the window area but afraid I’d ruin it - either it would look cheap & cheesy or I’d ruin it structurally. Added photos of each grisly bathroom!! Anyone? Help?

q has anyone used bath surround panels and successfully cut altered it
q has anyone used bath surround panels and successfully cut altered it
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  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Nov 11, 2018

    You should probably find another product to put up. Surround panels have voids in the back and normally only touch the walls along the edges. Another consideration is cutting the panels straight and clean. Another possibility (and I almost feel silly suggesting this) would be to move the window.

  • Ellis Ellis on Nov 11, 2018

    Zard's idea of moving the window is good: Can you change its dimensions? A neighbor did their bathroom over, and took out a somewhat small double-hung window in the tub/shower area, and changed it to a higher, horizontal window. They didn't give up light and air, but now the window allowed privacy and was out of the way of the shower spray.

  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 11, 2018

    Wish I could consider moving the window, but this is a rental (ugh) that I want to sell. I need to keep costs down as much as possible. This bathroom and the other both originally had that soft pink tile in it. The floor was light blue.

  • Swalthew Swalthew on Nov 12, 2018

    Use the "new" rectangular floor tiles and do the whole area up to the ceiling. It will go fast because they are 12 x 24. Put them up vertically rather than horizontally (or not).

  • Virgene Thomas Cox Virgene Thomas Cox on Nov 12, 2018

    I had a similar situation. First we replaced the window to fixed, frosted glass (did not open and close); then we tiled all the walls to the ceiling over concrete backer board. We also tiled in the window frame. This protects everything from the shower and moisture. Replacing the window should not be that expensive.



    • Debbie Debbie on Nov 12, 2018

      If I replace with a fixed window I’ll have to install an exhaust fan, and that would be from scratch, cutting thru roof, etc. but I am thinking tile may be the answer

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 12, 2018

    Just because you are flipping a worn-out rental, I can tell you want the result to be nice. I would use the rectangular tiles, move the windows higher or install ceiling lights or skylights. Very stylish and practical. Best wishes ☺️

  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 12, 2018

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

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