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.
Our Services for Churches & Houses of Worship in Houston
Scottish Stained Glass is honored to extend our services to churches and houses of worship in Houston. Our stained glass windows make beautiful additions to churches that draw in glorious light and elevate the ambiance of any room. Whether you would like a custom addition for your sanctuary, chapel, or church entrance, we are confident that we can produce the beautiful feature you envision.
In addition to building new windows for churches, we also specialize in the art of religious glass restoration. If your antique stained glass windows are showing signs of aging, we would love to take a look at them and see what can be done to restore their beauty.
Elegant Commercial Stained Glass Art & Custom Additions
Scottish Stained Glass is proud to have partnered with a number of commercial businesses in the Houston area. Our custom art glass is a beautiful choice for enhancing the ambiance of hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and all types of commercial properties. If you are looking for someone who can make beautiful, unique artwork for your business, we would love to help.
Stained glass offers a beautiful opportunity for reimagining commercial spaces and elevating the atmosphere, and instantly wins the admiration of customers as soon as they work in the door. From unique signage to beautiful backdrops for wedding ceremonies and events, we offer it all!
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.
At Custom Stained Glass Houston, we’ve had the opportunity over the years to complete work for many different types of buildings. Some of our most rewarding projects have been restorations for churches. Churches do so much for the community and its always an honor to be able to give back to these wonderful institutions and the kind-hearted members of their congregation.
Just recently, we were given the opportunity to be part of a particularly unique restoration project for a historic church located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Vernon A.M.E. Church is a historic site in a predominantly African American neighborhood that once housed several members of the community in its basement during a violent riot in the year 1921, also known as the Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre. Their stained glass windows were in need of repair and our team of experts were called in to assist. Read more…
Here at Custom Stained Glass Houston, we are a part of the Scottish Stained Glass family of companies. This means as an organization we are part of some amazing historical stained glass restorations. Sam Houston State University is one of the company’s latest examples of how we breathe new life into structures like churches, synagogues, historic homes, and universities around the country.
Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Window
Founded in 1879, Sam Houston State University has been in Texas for some time and is one of the oldest schools here. Their original campus buildings were lovely brick structures, the crowning feature of which was stained glass. In fact, the window was a school icon and something they were very proud of. Sadly, these lovely old buildings and the cherished stained glass that adorned them were destroyed in a fire in 1982. Recently SHSU made the wonderful decision to commemorate this window and their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service” by having the original stained glass window replicated. Happily, they came to Scottish and entrusted us with the honor of preserving the legacy of their amazing organization.
The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
The fact that the window was completely destroyed–nothing left of them at all–brought with it some inherent challenges. That left us nothing physical to replicate–which meant we had to turn to historical documentation–of which there was also, almost none. We always want to give respect to the original stained glass features by making them as historically accurate as possible. This meant we would have to be smart and work with what we had which was a single picture from a 1962 yearbook to guide our way.
Modern Technology for Restoring Stained Glass
We began first by recreating the design using modern technology. The next step was to scan this picture into the computer. We then printed a full-sized version and traced the lines. This allowed us utter accuracy. Once again we rescanned the drawing into our CAD program and made it double the size of the original. Although a painstaking process, it was well worth the time and paid off in an incredible, historically accurate masterpiece.
Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
Next, we ran into an issue of sourcing materials that were used over a century ago and likely had not been made in ages since. This is particularly problematic with colors. Finding a proper match would be a challenge. We tapped our conservation specialist to help us find colors that were very close to the originals. But close was not enough so we next entrusted our incredibly talented painted stained glass artists to paint over the “close” hues to make them dead-on accurate–a brilliant solution!
The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window
At the end of almost a full year of work, the stained glass had about ten layers implemented to create accurate shadowing and depth. A feat of art and science this lovely commemorative window also has a whopping 3,000- 4,000 pieces. The entire university–from staff to students and board members too– were stunned and delighted by a replication that was so beautiful and exactly true to their lost original. Do you know who else was happy? The entire Scottish Stained Glass family! We take such great pride in our stained glass restoration, repair, and recreation projects because we know it is giving respect to the artwork of old and preserving it for generations to come.
If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too! Contact us Custom Stained Glass Houston today for a free consultation.
Here at Custom Stained Glass Houston, we are a proud part of one of the most proficient stained glass studios in the country–Scottish Stained Glass. What this means for us is–we get to be part of some pretty amazing stained glass installations. While each comes with its set of challenges-they are all so very fulfilling. This is because we transform more than just windows but the lives of the congregants too. An example of this is our most recent large installation at St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church located in Wray, CO.
The Scope of Our Custom Stained Glass Project
Wray is a small town but this stained glass installation was a big one. Our hand-painted stained glass windows were installed in this newer church this summer using all the safety protocols for safety during a pandemic. Unlike many of the churches we work on St. Andrew’s did not have stained glass windows in the sanctuary. For a long time, the congregation had felt like this type of artwork would really make their place of worship feel more like a house of God. So they reached out to us to install five new, custom stained glass windows on the east side of their sanctuary. We were happy to help and excited about the project because custom work of this nature is right up our alley.
Customizing Stained Glass to Be Historically Accurate and Beautiful
The church congregation decided on a depiction of the five Luminous Mysteries (baptism, wedding, proclamation, transfiguration, and last supper). These were significant to them and their beliefs. For a job, this special and sentimental custom artwork was the option we helped them decided on. We have such an amazing painted glass specialist–Maria–and this was the perfect job to put her skills to use on. We used actual models to get the exact poses. We also dug deep into our research for historical accuracy like:
- The Appropriate background and foliage for the region
- Authentic tile design for floors in that time-period
- A historically accurate depiction of the town of Cana
The Beauty of Custom Painted Stained Glass
The outcome of our custom, five-panel stained glass project in St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church was in a word–Gorgeous. We used primarily black and brown paint while pulling color from the glass background. We also specifically harnessed natural sunlight. This created depth in things like the faces, hands, fauna, and flora. The result was a highly three-dimensional look that was not only authentic but stunning as well. All in all, the members of the congregation (who watched socially distanced) were amazed and one member even said “Now we have a church”. It is this affirmation and the pride in a job well done that makes us love our work in custom stained glass creation.
For more information on custom stained glass or breathing life into an old piece of stained glass with restoration–contact us at Custom Stained Glass Houston today!