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Glass Front Entry Doors

kuhl doors, llc offers a bold line of leaded glass inserts for front entry doors. Unique, custom made, handcrafted leaded glass doors. We show you everything you need to get a beautiful glass front door you can not find anywhere else. Come look at our range of designs including a traditional designs to mid century modern to contemporary designs. We use only the highest quality hand blown glass incorporating traditional stained glass methods. Whether you are working with a contractor or doing it yourself, we will take you through all the steps necessary to get a beautiful, custom made front entry door. You do not have to spend a fortune to get a front entry door that is unique and personal to your home. We have glass front door solutions to fit your taste and budget. High quality does not mean high price. Take a look, you will not find our designs anywhere else.

Stained Glass Door

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Custom Stained Glass Door

Normally when I start a new commission I prefer doing all my own design work. Partly out of ego, I like trying out my own ideas, but mainly because I want to control the process. A client gives me some ideas from my website and I sketch out a couple of different options and away we go. I am confident in the design and therefore confident in the outcome. If inspiration hits me with a new idea I make a design and a sample.  Making a sample gives assures me the design will work.  A drawing does not always translate well into a full size stained glass window.

This project, however, was different.

detail stained glass door

Stained Glass Front Door

Marty Rhein is a very talented designer for Bay Area Contracting here in Traverse City, MI. I always enjoy working with Marty. He came to me with an idea for stained glass door. The basis for the design is based on the picture shown on the left of a cattail and the sun reflecting off the water behind it.

detail stained glass door

Wood Entry Doors with Glass

Here is the design Marty came up with. The design beautifully captures the initial concept. However, translating to a stained glass window requires some changes. The biggest challenge is accounting for the lead lines. Lead lines are dark. When held up to the light they are black. This drawing has thick lead lines and blown up to scale will overwhelm the window.

detail stained glass door

Leaded Glass Doors

Rather than try to explain my concerns about executing the design, I had the drawing blown up to full scale. I also drew two different iterations of the initial drawing that builds on Marty’s initial design. I brought in Marty and the clients to review everything. I don’t have a sample to show but I can show enough to give us all some confidence.

detail stained glass door
detail stained glass door
detail stained glass door

Wood Entry Doors with Glass

I don’t always work with a designer but when I do I find the process rewarding. I learn something new and try a design I would never come up with on my own. It takes a good and trusting relationship to work successfully, but the results speak for themselves.

 

For more designs check out our portfolio. For doors check out our selection of doors.

Front Doors for Sale – Where to Buy

While we do not sell the actual door for the leaded glass insert. We do have some recommendations on where to get a door. We will try and make that process simple and painless. I know it would be easier if we did everything but our expertise is in glass, and that is what we want to stick to. More important, this will save you money.

Type of Door

First decision you have to make is what type of door you want. Wood or Fiberglass (could also do metal but not highly recommended)

Wood

Looks great. It is why we use wood doors for our photos, can’t beat it. The big draw back is that it does not hold up as well as fiberglass to the elements. If your door is fully exposed to the sun or does not have an overhang protecting it I would seriously consider fiberglass.

Fiberglass

If you plan on painting your door a solid color then go with fiberglass. If is durable, strong and holds up well to the elements.

Where to Buy Front Doors

If you are struggling to source a flush panel wood door or any type of door (our inserts can be made to fit any size opening) here are two sources we highly recommend.

Simpson Doors

Back we shipped doors with leaded glass inserts installed we used Simpson Doors a lot. Quality doors that we never had trouble with. They have an extensive dealer network and you should be able to find someone close by that sells Simpson Doors.

If you want a flush panel door from Simpson we recommend model #49900 contemporary exterior door . This is a flush panel, wood veneer door with wood core staves. Good quality.

Frank Lumber Co. The Door Store

Another option for ordering doors is Frank Lumber. They will have any option you want, wood, fiberglass, range of prices and options. There knowledge and service is great. They will preying your door, drill for lock sets, even stain and finish your door if desired. They will even cut out the opening in the door for your leaded glass insert.

For exterior wood doors they will sell you a 1 3/4″ flush door that is used for exterior doors but is not recommended. What they make and recommend is a 2 1/4″ wood door for exterior use. It is more money but a high quality door. And they sell the fiberglass doors.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help.

making a custom glass door

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This summer I completed a custom door project for BAC Design Group here in Traverse City.  A fun project that started in the spring when I recieved a design concept from Marty Rhein at BAC Design. Marty’s idea was to take a map of Torch Lake and use it as an outline for the window.

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From the design and concept phase the glass is selected and layed out to full scale. The glass circles are called rondels and come from Kokomo Glass in Indiana. The clear flat glass is hand blown from Lamberts Glass in Germany.

glass door design

 

The lead lines drawn and the cartoon is prepped to cut out the patterns that will be used to cut the glass. The glass is all cut by hand using a simple glass cutter. The edges are filed and deburred.

glass door glass cutting

After all the glass is cut it is carefully layed out to get ready for assembling the glass panel.

glass door layout

The next step is using lead came to assemble the panel. The lead is carefully measured and cut using a lead knife.

glass door assembly

Once the panel is assembled the lead joints are soldered on both sides of the panel.

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The finished door with glass insert.

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photo by Kaity

custom glass door