Greenhouse Effect

March 7th, 2017 · 6 Comments

Specially designed bathroom with a domed window. They added bamboo blinds for privacy.


This design is impractical in Phoenix. The sun is nearly straight overhead in summer. And it’s a hot sun. That bathroom would be like a sauna. Bathroom probably was an addition without a building permit.


As home owners and flippers try to modernize their homes in Phoenix, many are choosing frosted glass garage doors. Looks nice and modern but totally impractical in Phoenix. This is a photo of a house I sold last year. The garage faced south. The inside of the garage was boiling hot.


Tags: Bathroom · Room Addition · What Were They Thinking?!?!

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jayne // Mar 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I have lived here my whole life. Frosted glass garage door is the worst trend I’ve heard of to date. I know many people who don’t even like those little windows on the top level and many who add insulation on the inside of each section. I wonder how long before it gets broken/replaced.

  • 2 TR // Mar 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Look at how the bamboo has deteriorated from the heat! I like the angles–and the tile work looks good, at least in the photos. It could be a very neat spa-like bathroom if it could be cooled and dehumidified enough to be useful year-round. But I doubt that is the case. I’ll bet the owners were disappointed too.

  • 3 JJ // Mar 9, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I keep hearing how how terribly hot it gets in Phoenix. How did people survive before AC? Do houses have basements? In Canada, basements are common, and are always nice and cool in the summer, no matter how hot it gets outside.

  • 4 Jayne // Mar 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

    @JJ Many people left in the summer, I’ve heard stories about people swimming in the canals and putting up wet sheets to cool off. I heard that one upscale hotel had a tunnel under it and they would somehow direct the cooler air into the building.

  • 5 Ralph // Mar 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I’d be worried that people would be able to see through at night or in the early morning with the light on. 1. My garage is hideously disorganized. 2. I’ve been known to run out to my garage with no clothes on to get something out of my car while getting ready for work in the morning.

  • 6 AZ // Mar 14, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Believe it or not Phoenix didn’t seem as hot back in the early 1950s even without A/C . Yes, I remember sleeping outside in wood framed rooms with walls of wet burlap, and lots of grilling outside to keep the house cooler, but for the most part it just wasn’t that bad. Of course the Valley was covered in citrus groves, farm land, and a lot less concrete and pavement.

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