When you are coming up the steps to our apartment this is what greets you:
Not Nadia, although she could be there to greet you too, I mean The Aquarium Exhibit: six windows at eye-level looking into our kitchen and dining room. Don’t they look cool?
I didn’t think so when I first saw them. They were see-through.
You see, whoever designed our building had the
brilliant idea to put six square, smallish windows (four of which don’t open) right on the corridor. Anyone coming or going had an unblocked view of our home, much in the manner of what my friend Ilana called a “fishbowl”.
“Give this designer a toaster oven and a farewell applause!”
There is a certain logic to these windows. The dining room (the kitchen in the original design) have no windows to the outside (“give back that toaster oven!”), so the fishbowl provides some light — and if one doesn’t mind an open window to a common area, some ventilation.
A proper solution would have been to have two rows of windows, the lower row of windows that didn’t open, placed at eye level for light to come in; and another row, placed above, that would open for ventilation. After all, last I remember, hot air goes up, so higher windows are better. And not using completely-transparent glass would have been smart too.
Nevermind the above, the really-proper solution would have been to design apartments so that every room had windows to the outside, but, oh well (“forget the applause too!”).
Seeing as I like my privacy, thankyouverymuch, I thought of, and searched for ideas to correct this situation. In order to keep our neighbors from seeing us going for water in our underwear (they’d appreciate this), I decided I needed windows that would let in light, but retain a modicum of privacy.
I thought of sandblasting or acid-etching the windows, but that was an expensive, complicated undertaking. So I bought some cheap film on eBay. It was ugly, and it was a messy installation. So back to the drawing board (many bad things would be avoided if people spent more time at the metaphorical drawing board).
Finally I got a film
from Amazon that must be the Cadillac of window films. Very easy to install, durable, and imitates textured glass almost to perfection. They also have some other films
from the same company (the only ones I would recommend).
The Aquarium Exhibit went from pain in the tuckus to cool feature.
And while I was at it, I covered all the windows looking out on the other side of the apartment. Now we can get dressed and take our showers without expecting an “encore!”, or rotten tomatoes as the case may be.
Nothing to see here, people. Move on!