Stained Glass Houston
Although most people consider stained glass to be all about beauty and elegance – and it certainly is that – it can also have some very practical benefits. For residents of Houston, stained glass of our handcrafted quality adds value to a home or commercial building. It can also add privacy and uniqueness to a home’s entryway or bathrooms, and a feeling of exclusivity to a salon, spa, office, or high-end restaurant. And it can block an unappealing view, replacing it with something stunning, without blocking the natural flow of light into the building at the same time.
All our Houston stained glass panels are manufactured and installed to local building codes and meet the most modern energy efficiency standards. As the largest stained glass studio in the U.S. today, we have produced and installed custom stained glass windows for more than 12,000 satisfied customers to date. Owner Martin Faith emigrated from Scotland over 25 years ago. He brought his native land’s stained glass expertise with him. Over the past 25 years, Martin has used traditional methods as a starting point for developing his own process. It includes modern methods for hiding the points where the leading (known as “caming”) joins together, darkening the lead to an antique looking finish, and a proprietary polishing process which makes Scottish Stained Glass windows glow, even without the help of the sun.
Houston Custom Stained Glass Design Process: It Starts With You
Our stained glass designers work one-on-one with clients, taking in the client’s existing architecture and décor, and the client’s personal tastes. During the initial design consultation, clients have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and look at many samples, sketches, and photographs, while collaborating with one of our local Houston designers.
Back in our studio, the custom design process continues using CAD and photo-shop technologies to create beautiful works of art that exactly conform to clients’ needs and specifications. Please take a good look at the detail and quality shown in the lovely photographs below, or visit our design galleries to see more examples of our workmanship.
Stunning Custom Stained Glass for Your Houston, Texas Home
Of course, you take great pride in your Houston home, carefully finding the perfect furnishings that delight you and the artwork that inspires you. If you are looking to add beauty, value, and distinctive style to your entryway, windows, doors, sidelights, transoms, and skylights, we hope you’ll consider us. We would love to earn your business. Over the years we’ve found that our residential clients truly appreciate vividly colored stained glass but generally prefer something a bit more subtle and elegant for their homes. Our most popular type of residential stained glass is actually colorless, made with frosted, textured, and gorgeous beveled stained glass. This works with any color scheme and lets in as much natural light as possible.
About Custom Stained Glass Houston by Scottish Stained Glass
In business for over 20 years, we’ve installed over 40,000 custom stained glass windows for delighted customers. As the largest stained glass studio in the U.S., we have the experience, the talented artisans and the technical expertise to design and install any type of stained glass panel, including replicas of ancient stained glass and antique stained glass restoration as well.
Our Houston stained glass is available in a wide variety of styles, from classic Celtic and romantic florals, to Frank Lloyd Wright inspired modern designs and our own signature Aspen collection. However, you will be working to create your custom design with one of our talented pros, so if you have your own ideas those can be easily accommodated as well. Browse through our design galleries for some Houston stained glass inspiration.
We find many Houstonians have long admired stained glass, but have never realized how affordable, practical and easily installed it is. Our prices start as low as $80 per square foot. As for the practicality aspects, stained glass windows afford greater privacy where necessary, or block an undesirable view with the use of textured glass. All this, while still letting the natural light stream through into your home.
Contact Custom Stained Glass Houston today for your free quote!
Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation with a stained glass designer. They will show you samples, ideas, and offer suggestions. If your home is an older style, they will even research what style of stained glass windows would provide an authentic complement to its history. Please let us earn your business!
Scottish Stained Glass is active in social media, so you can find out about us and see what we do in many different ways. Follow us on Facebook, or check out the beautiful photos of our work on Flickr. If you are looking for custom designed stained glass in Houston or anywhere across the Lone Star State, please contact us by phone or using our convenient online form.
In case you haven’t heard, stained glass windows are one of the most popular trends this year in home design. That’s right, the same trend that was once popular for churches in the 16th century has now made its way into modern homes. Modern designers and architects have started using the vintage feature in new and exciting ways, which includes incorporating it into kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways.
Among the many styles of stained glass that are trending in Houston includes Dalle de Verre. If you’ve never heard of Dalle Stained Glass before, you may be wondering what it is and what it looks like. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the characteristics of Dalle Stained Glass and ways you can incorporate it into your Houston home.
If your Houston home or business has Dalle stained glass in or on it–you likely can see it is different from other types of stained glass but may not know exactly why. As it turns out, Dalle stained glass is a very unique expression of the traditional stained glass art form with some pretty significant differences. Below we compare traditional stained glass to Dalle stained glass so you can get an idea about what sets the two apart.
The Age of the Stained Glass Craft
Dalle Stained Glass: This type of stained glass was invented at the beginning of the 20th century–making it a little over 100 years old. Furthermore, we know a fair bit about how and when it was invented and many early pioneers of this stained glass method.
Traditional Stained Glass: This stained glass art form is incredibly old– in fact ancient. Some traditional stained glass was made well over 1000 years ago. However, we don’t have any information on who first made it or where.
The Thickness of Glass
Dalle Stained Glass: This type of stained glass is very thick– over 1” thick. It is produced massive blocks and then sawed or hammered into size. In fact, its name translates to “glass slab” in French.
Traditional Stained Glass: Uses a much thinner piece of glass in construction. Today’s production glass is about 1/8″ thick. It is usually made to the size of the panel in which it will sit and is thin enough to sand and cut with a glass cutter.
Type of Stained Glass Structure
Dalle Stained Glass: The pieces of glass in this type of stained glass is held in place by a thick concrete and epoxy frame. This substrate is poured onto the glass as it sits in a sand box. This means the glass and the frame are incredibly strong.
Traditional Stained Glass: Use wood frames with metal supports to hold the glass panels in place and the pieces are soldered together. While not fragile–traditional stained glass windows are not nearly as sturdy as Dalle stained glass.
The Stained Glass Restoration Process
Dalle Stained Glass: Since the concrete and epoxy framing is thick and tough to manipulate, this type of glass is very hard to repair and restore. The process involves chipping away the entire stone frame from the glass and then re-poured. This is very time consuming and expensive.
Traditional Stained Glass: Is much easier to remove and restore traditional stained glass since lead caming is soft and can be easily peeled away. Easier to do than chipping the frame off–there is a fair bit of artistry and care involved with traditional stained glass restoration.
Stained glass is not just something that made solely for churches here in Houston. Around the turn of the 20th-century stained glass was put in all types of buildings in the “booming” west. From retail stores to banks and bars–stained glass was a definite trend. This same stained glass, made over 100 years ago, and put in commercial spaces is now due for restoration. Beyond the fact that much of Houston’s commercial stained glass needs to be restored or it could fall into permanent disrepair there are other reasons to do so. In fact, there are quite a few! Below we have listed some of the most compelling reasons.
Restoring Commercial Stained Glass Strengthens Community Ties
When we work with Houston area churches to restore their stained glass windows, we have found, the entire community comes together to help. Commercial spaces are no different. If your stained glass is over 100 years old, it is often considered historical. This means community organizations and even grants are likely available to help local commercial spaces restore antique stained glass. This allows your business to interact with the community in a unique way to benefit the community.
Restoring Commercial Stained Glass Attract New Clients
Stained glass is gorgeous and the reason it was installed in your commercial space in the first place was to attract people. Whatever your stained glass looks like now likely pales in comparison to what it will look like once restored. When you invest your time and money to have the stained glass in your Houston commercial space restored, it will surely pay off by attracting new customers entranced by your amazing restoration piece.
Restoring Commercial Stained Glass Preserves A Piece of Houston History
The fact of the matter is, stained glass windows in commercial spaces are a part of Houston’s storied history. It is likely some of these windows were made by burgeoning artisans or studios in Houston’s past and have a rich history behind them. Moreover, if your Houston location has stained glass in it, it was likely quite a hub back in the city’s early days. By restoring the historic stained glass then, you are doing your part preserving the amazing “Frontier” past Houston is known for.
For more information on how to begin a restoration of your historical stained glass in your commercial space, contact us at Custom Stained Glass Houston today!