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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ah, the bathroom. Twenty years ago the bathroom was built just big enough to enclose a tub, shower, toilet and sink. A place you took care of your personal business and got out. Windows functioned to keep the space fresh. Today? Look up bathrooms in Pinterest or Houzz and you don’t see bathrooms, you see home spas. Bathrooms today are big and bright with beautiful tile and sculpted fixtures. After the kitchen the bathroom is the second most redecorated space in the home. That makes the bathroom a great place to consider adding a stained glass bathroom window.
Decorative Bathroom Windows
Stained Glass for bathroom window adds light to the bathroom while maintaining privacy. Anytime we do windows for bathrooms the first criteria is always privacy. We offer a wide range of hand blown glass to consider when selecting glass for your decorative bathroom windows. All our windows are custom made and easily customized to fit your space. To learn more about ordering a custom piece click here.
Stained Glass in Bathroom
Glass is an ideal material to add to a bathroom. It is easy to clean, is impervious to moisture, blends beautifully with other materials like marble, tile, steel. The leaded glass window shown above is purely a decorative element. It is a painting hanging on the wall.
Stained glass transom windows provide just the right custom element to your home. A transom window is a great way to transition from one room to another without losing light or looking like you are closing off a separate space. The transom window on the left is an interior window over the entrance to the library.
Detail Transom Window
My design philosophy is to keep things simple t,o focus on the inherent natural beauty of handblown glass. The combination on the left of clear mouth blown glass with chunks of beveled dalle de verre glass adds texture and dimension to the window. It feels sculpted. The window changes as the light in the room changes.
Rondels are another handblown glass I use a great deal in my designs. The unfinished room on the left uses large, clear rondels to give a traditional look. The design on the left is more intricate with a splash of color.
Exterior Transom Windows
Whether you are looking for an interior or exterior transom window, a transom window insert or a whole entryway design we can make a custom leaded glass window for your home.
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