Pros and Cons of Stained Glass Restoration for Historic Properties in San Antonio

Posted June 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin

FIRST: Whether Or Not Your Historic Stained Glass Needs Repair

If you have a house over 80 years old in San Antonio then your glass is considered historic.  In which case, if your stained glass has not been restored it may be time. Things to look for in your stained glass are

  • Missing pieces of stained glass
  • Cracked stained glass panels
  • A dull or lusterless appearance
  • Missing lead caming
  • Sagging of leading
  • Bowing or deterioration of wood frame

These signs are all readily apparent upon inspection, but what may not be as apparent is whether or not it is worth it to have the stained glass restored.  You must weigh the pros and cons on each side of the equation and make an informed decision from there. Below we have listed a few pros and cons about restoring stained glass for you think about/

Pros Of Repairing Your Historic San Antonio Homes Stained Glass

Historic  Stained Glass Is has Monetary Value

While it may not seem like much, the historic stained glass in your San Antonio home could be worth quite a bit of money depending on its post-restoration value and the market.  Stained glass is very durable and America glass from the early part of the 20th century is particularly valuable because of the materials used by turn of the century craftsman. While the value of each window is unique, you can expect it to appraise for at least 4x that of a new stained glass window! Since stained glass costs anywhere from$150 to $500/per square foot, you could be sitting on quite a sum of money.

Historic Stained Glass Is Historical Value

Since historic stained glass is an antique, it has obvious monetary value and part of that value is based on the fact that it is a historical treasure.  Stained glass in many San Antonio homes was created by a master of the time and therefore is a cherished part of San Antonio’s illustrious history. By keeping and restoring the stained glass you are doing your part to keep the past alive in the city not only for you but for the entire city.  Before you decide to remove your stained glass, a good idea is to see if you can get it appraised and/or find out the maker of the stained glass and/ or the history of the house.

Historic Stained Glass Is Unique And Beautiful

There are no two ways about it, stained glass from early last century is extremely unique and adds charm to any home.  If your stained glass simply looks dingy or has cracks, chips or missing glass, the beauty may not be readily apparent.  After restoration, you will be shocked how different glass that looked like nothing much will change into something spectacular.  Likely you have heard the phrase–”they just don’t build them like they used to”. This is a case where that is definitely true, stained glass in the US from last century (especially the first 30 years), was built exceptionally and almost no stained glass today rivals its durability, artist, and craftsmanship.

Cons Of Repairing Historic Stained Glass On Your San Antonio Home

Stained Glass Restoration Can Be Expensive

 When it comes to vintage glass, depending on the size and scope or the repairs, the costs can start to add up.  This is particularly true when the entire frame structure needs to be taken down and reconstructed. This cost may be prohibitive to some people.

Stained Glass Restoration Can Be Time-Consuming

Again is the stained glass restoration project covers many windows or many square footages of windows, the restoration process is lengthy.  Another reason it may take a very long time is, if our studio needs to match a color or technique from 100+ years ago, it may take many iterations and kiln fires to get it right.  There is no rushing such a delicate and important process and here at Scottish, we take historic restorations very seriously and will not deliver sub-par glass pieces–no matter how long it takes us to get it right.

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For more information on stained glass restoration for your San Antonio home, contact us today!

Modern Examples of Stained Glass in KC Homes

Posted June 16th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Windows For The Modern Kansas City Home

Stained glass windows are an age-old design element that adorn the windows of churches, estates, and castles, as well as homes. They are luxurious and beautiful and their depictions, in cathedrals or historical settings, is often religious iconography that makes them especially valuable parts of our past. However, stained glass can be and is a very modern design element that is as particularly relevant to art and even pop culture. A revolution in stained glass expression is going on today, driven by modern architects and consumers, making modern free-form, abstract and geometric stained glass a much sought-after addition to homes and commercial buildings here in Kansas City and all over the United States. These windows are the picture of modern design and style and not at all cost-prohibitive for the everyday homeowner. What’s more, stained glass is something that architects are including in new, modern commercial designs as well. This is because stained glass is far more than biblical depictions and flowers. It enhances decor, adds color and sometimes, as a matter of practicality, is used for privacy. Read on to find out how stained glass windows are evolving and why they may be perfect for your Kansas City home.

Stained Glass Today Vs The Past

While the general concept of stained glass has not changed much in the last 100s of years, the look of stained glass today is very different–and that is a good thing. Leading is still used, as are colors and textures but the depictions, or lack thereof, on the glass make it very different. Whereas religious iconography or floral patterns were the most popular in the past, today we are seeing more geometric patterns, abstract art, and even freeform designs. Also, stained glass windows are being used in places that simply would not have been considered before. Cabinet doors, room dividers, lobbies of commercial spaces and even skylights. This is in large part due to the universal availability of stained glass at this point in history but can be attributed to a growing consumer demand and acceptance of stained glass as art. Modern architects definitely have stained glass windows in their bag of tricks and use it profusely. Happily, the results could not be more stunning like the window below.

As you can see this is not your grandfather’s stained glass, as the saying goes. Today’s stained glass is a lovely combination of old world techniques and new world styles which brought to fruition a new generation of artistic stained glass that is more popular than ever.

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Scottish Stained Glass For Custom Made Modern Stained Glass Windows

If you are looking for a fantastic modern stained glass window for your Kansas City home, look no further than Scottish Stained Glass. We can do stained glass windows in any style, including ultra-modern and sheik. We would love to design a custom stained glass masterpiece to grace your Kansas City home for generations to come. Contact us today with your ideas today and to schedule a free consultation with one of our design experts.

Modern Examples of Stained Glass in Austin Homes

Posted June 16th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Windows For The Modern Austin Home

Stained glass windows are an ancient design element that graces the windows of churches, estates, and castles around the world. They are stately and beautiful and often have religious or historical iconography that makes them especially valuable parts of our past. However, stained glass is also a very modern design element that is as relevant to art, culture, and history today as it was 1000 years ago. Today’s stained glass is going through a revolution of sorts, making it a much sought-after addition to homes here in Austin and all over the United States. It is the very picture of luxury and style but not at all cost-prohibitive for the everyday Texan. What’s more, it is something every homeowner should consider adding not only to brighten and enhance their home’s decor but for other practical matters like privacy. Read on to find out how stained glass windows are evolving and why they may be perfect for your Austin home.

Stained Glass Today Vs The Past

While the general principles of stained glass have not changed much in the past centuries, the look of stained glass today is significantly different. The lead caming is still used, as are colors and textures but the depictions, or lack thereof, on the glass are different. Whereas religious iconography was the most popular in the past, today we are seeing more geometric patterns and even freeform patterns. Also, stained glass windows are being used in places you would have never put such a valuable art piece on in the past like cabinet doors or room dividers, which is simply delightful since stained glass is so beautiful. This is in large part because stained glass is so much more accessible and affordable now than ever before. Modern architects definitely have stained glass windows in their bag of tricks now and the results could not be more stunning like the window below.

As you can see this is not your grandfather’s stained glass, as the saying goes. Today’s stained glass is a lovely meld of old world techniques and new world styles which has given rise to a new generation of artistic stained glass that is more popular than ever.

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Modern Windows By Scottish Stained Glass

If you are looking for a fantastic modern stained glass window for your Austin home, look no further than Scottish Stained Glass. We can do stained glass windows in any style, including ultra-modern and sheik. We would love to design a custom stained glass masterpiece to grace your Austin home for generations to come. Contact us today with your ideas today and to schedule a free consultation with one of our design experts.

The Gorgeous Growing Trend Of Stained Glass For Privacy On Houston Homes

Posted June 15th, 2018 by ssgadmin

You most often think about it on churches and then probably really old or fancy homes. You would not be incorrect in doing so but the truth is stained glass is just as accessible to modern or mid-range homes. In fact, a growing trend across the country for first time home buyers is to have stained glass installed.

In a day and age where homes are closer together in the cities and suburbs, privacy is becoming a commodity. Although stained glass is and always will be a way to add beauty to homes, today’s smart consumers are using it to solve the growing problem of little to no privacy in today’s modern homes. Below are the most popular places we install stained glass for a new generation of people who understand function is beautiful.

The Three Most Popular Places For Privacy Stained Glass

Stained Glass In The Bathroom: By far the most popular place for privacy stained glass is the bathroom. It goes without saying that this is somewhere you spend a lot of time where you simply cannot have prying eyes from outside peeping in at you. The reason our customers love stained glass here especially is the natural light that still readily penetrates the stained glass–keeping their bathrooms bright and vibrant.

Stained Glass In The Entryway: An entryway is a popular place for stained glass not only because it welcomes the guests to your home in style, but also because it gives you cover from those passing by and strangers who come to your door. This is a great place for a mix of flat and textured glass so you can still see out enough to know who is knocking but have enough coverage that no one can look straight into your home.

Stained Glass In The Kitchen: Stained glass in the kitchen may surprise you as a popular place but it is a growing trend that we just love here at Scottish. Not only is it great on windows that face other houses, so you don’t have to stare at your neighbors while you do dishes, but it is also a perfect dovetail with the trend of open cabinets. With stained glass as cabinet doors in the kitchen, you still get the look and feel of an open cabinet space but enough coverage to hide any clutter.

For more information on stained glass for privacy on your Houston home, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

8 Beautiful Custom Bathroom Stained Glass Features

Posted June 13th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Scottish Stained Glass is proud to create beautiful custom stained glass features for Denver homes. Residential bathrooms are a perfect place for custom stained glass, providing excellent privacy and style. Here are 8 of our favorite projects we’ve recently completed:

1. Leaded Bathroom Stained Glass

This elegant leaded stained glass window features simplistic lines and a beautiful centerpiece bevel, allowing in maximum visible light transmissions with complete privacy.

2. Leaded Glass with Subtle Colors

Adding subtle coloring to your custom leaded glass feature can really promote the style you’re looking for when transforming your Denver bathroom into the oasis you and your family deserves.

3. Matching Leaded Designs

Providing matching leaded glass throughout your sanctuary can really give your master bath that timeless look while adding privacy and natural sunlight.

4. Symmetric Leaded Glass for Non-Traditional Windows

Even if your bathroom has non-traditional windows, our design experts can create the perfect symmetric designs that enhance and compliment your home.

5. Colorful Floral Stained Glass Design

For those who enjoy a more traditional stained glass look, we can add touches of color to leaded backgrounds for eye-catching designs.

6. Unique Custom Stained Glass Design

We can create virtually any design you’d like through stained glass or painted glass. From meaningful flowers to portraits, our custom stained glass services can bring your ideas to fruition.

7. Shower Stained Glass

We can accomplish stained glass features in any form, adding a touch of art to any space.

8. Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired

We love paying homage to renowned artists and art movements, creating custom pieces for all our art lovers.

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