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By Martin Faith
Have you ever wondered what the little window cutouts above your doorway or a larger window are called? These are known as transom windows. Builders use them to bring more light into room interiors. While they’re quite practical, flat glass transoms can be rather plain. But decorating them is difficult. You don’t want to cover up all that beautiful light with curtains. Plus, it looks awkward. That’s we make transom stained glass for Austin homes. Read more…
At Austin Stained Glass we like to tell our client’s that stained glass is more than just a lovely artform–it is valuable as well. In fact, we even say it pays for itself. The reason we say this is because, well, it’s true! Stained glass adds to a house’s value–just like any other home improvement. The benefits of having stained glass on your Austin home are therefore far more than just aesthetic but monetary as well. Find out how stained glass really pays off for homeowners with the good sense to have it installed.
Stained Glass Appraises For More Than You Pay
The price of stained glass varies depending on the size, shape, and detail you want. However, a good range is anywhere from $11-$17 per square foot for standard designs. With very intricate, custom stained glass the cost could go up to $50+. However, most people live in the first range. Of course, this cost is higher than a regular window, curtains or drapes but the impact on the value of your home is high. For example, a stained glass window that costs you $300 can be expected to appraise for 5x-10x more. Not a bad return for something that is also gorgeous and that you get to enjoy throughout the life of your home.
Stained Glass Increases Curb Appeal on Your Austin Home
Stained glass is stunning. This can be agreed upon across the board. This type of display is especially attractive to prospective buyers. When applied on the front-facing window–in sidelights, transoms or front doors, the curb appeal of your home skyrockets–adding value. When you go to sell your home, not only could it fetch a better price at closing but also sell faster. The faster you sell your home the more likely you are to avoid paying two mortgages and losing money. In this way, stained glass pays for itself by saving you money when you sell your home.
Stained Glass Austin For Your Stained Glass Installation
As you can see, stained glass is not only lovely but a great investment. This is especially true when done by a pro like us here at Stained Glass Austin. If you would like, we have designs already in place for you to choose from, but you can also have something customized to fit your personal style. If you are thinking about getting a stained glass window made we suggest you come up with a clear budget at about $11-$17 per square foot. To learn more contact us and we will guide you from there.
If you’ve ever seen pictures of old European cathedrals with stained glass windows, then you know very well what a lovely art form it is. Or perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to see these great works in person, and gaze upon the beautiful hand painted details and enchanting designs.
Either way, chances are what you were looking at was a stained glass window from the Medieval time period. Medieval Stained Glass is renowned for its vivid colors, moving imagery, and intricacy. And it’s also some of the most important stained glass in art history. Works from this time contributed greatly to the evolution of the art as a whole. And without them, the modern stained glass windows that we use today in our homes, churches, and buildings simply would not be the same.
Marc Chagall was a prominent stained glass artisan and influential artist. While Chagall practiced many art forms, his contributions to stained glass, as an art form, were vast. Chagall’s work is distinct for both its subject matter and its unique appearance, and has captivated the attention of individuals around the world for centuries. Today, his work and stained glass windows can be found on multiple continents, including the countries of Jerusalem, Germany, the UK, and the United States. In this article, we’ll examine some of the elements that made Marc Chagall’s stained glass famous as well as his most notable masterpieces.
The Beautiful Design Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright
When you hear the name Frank Lloyd Wright, you probably think of lovely homes from the ’50s with stunning straight lines and bold colors but not stained glass windows. However, as it turns out. Frank Lloyd Wright was a prolific stained glass artist of the 20th century not by coincidence–of the most influential designers in American history. Although he is most known for his architectural feats and being the father of the “Mid-century Modern” his amazing design sense spanned various mediums from furniture design to graphics arts and, of course–even stained glass.
Frank Lloyd Wright The Stained Glass Artist
A 70-year career as a designer allowed Frank Lloyd Wright to accomplish quite a bit in his life. He not only made a profoundly lasting mark on the American design scape but also create a ton of amazing stained glass too. All of his designs, stained glass, architectural and otherwise, are as relevant today, as they were back in the early to the mid 20th century. But his stained glass work is truly extraordinary and profuse; he designed well over 4,000 leaded glass windows and doors for over 150 of his buildings.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stained Glass Style
Wright created stained glass for almost any building features that you can imagine: doors, skylights, backlit ceiling panels, table lamps, and wall sconces as well as for window. However, the reason for his success in the stained glass arena– he didn’t think of these windows as traditional stained or leaded glass. Wright has a unique approach to stained glass windows and often referred to them as “light screens”. He viewed them more as Japanese shoji screens rather than a leaded window. As such, he arranged his windows in bands–not unlike shoji screens. Wright’s designs relied heavily on the zinc-or copper-plated came configuration, while all others of the time were still using traditional lead. This type of caming let him create geometric abstractions of natural elements such as plants, trees, flowers and more. His color use was playful but elegant–a mix of solid-colored, iridescent and clear glass and sometimes a hallmark style of gold leaf sandwiched between two thin pieces of clear glass. A revolutionary of his time, he pioneered setting some pieces of his stained glass at an angle which greatly enhanced the reflective qualities of the glass pieces in his windows. When light strikes his angled glass, different colors will appear depending on the time of day. It was this creativity and thorough attention to the various characters of light at different angles that truly set his windows apart and continues to inspire awe today!
Here at Stained Glass Austin, we make lovely stained glass in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, paying attention to the clean lines and refraction of light. If you want to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass windows for your Austin home, contact us today for a free design consultation!
Embracing the modern aesthetic is all about being adventurous. Creativity is truly the heart of the most alluring modern home designs. When looking at a modern space, we are intrigued by the details that surprise, those that the most unique. That’s what makes stained glass windows perfect for modern Austin homes.
Mixing contemporary styles with vintage pieces can create a look that’s captivating. Most cookie-cutter homes today do not feature styles from the 12th century and the 21st century in the same room, but with stained glass, this is possible. Adding a colorful, vintage looking stained glass window to a room that is comprised of primarily white walls and neutral furnishings can create a unique, artistic effect. This type of out-of-the-box thinking has been practiced by interior designers for decades.
By adding stained glass to your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway, you can create a gorgeous, custom look for your home that’s entirely your own.
Stained Glass And Weddings: The Perfect Couple
Weddings are a fabulous even in which to gather family and friends to celebrate the love you and your significant other have for one another and make a commitment to a life together. They are also a great way to throw the party of your dreams! They are a time to finally bring together all the elements you have mused about since you were young. Whether it is the pink lady slipper bouquet, the red rose corsages on the groomsmen, a three-tiered cake with chocolate ganache or the lovely scenic Austin skyline to say your “I dos”, everything for this day is carefully curated to make it one to remember. One area of weddings that is seeing an increase in creative ideas are the backdrops at the alters where brides and grooms take their vows. Focusing on this one area of the event is a way to get the fantastic photos of the special moment you crave while at the same time tying all the design elements and colors of the entire ceremony together in one neat small space. Here at Stained Glass Austin, we find ourselves doing quite a bit of custom stained glass for weddings, namely antique style stained glass windows for wedding ceremony backdrops. This is a great idea no only for getting an elegant aesthetic and pictures during the ceremony but as a stylish place for family and friends to take pictures in front of all day or evening. What’s more, stained glass panels are easily moved so you can take them to the reception hall as well. Most importantly, after your big day is over, you have an heirloom piece of stained glass to hang in your newlywed home to commemorate the occasion throughout your married life! In fact, stained glass is so durable you will be able to pass your lovely stained glass wedding panel down to your grandkids and theirs too. For some ideas on what these stained glass panels may look like, explore pictures of some of the very best executed stained glass wedding backgrounds below.
For more information on custom antique style stained glass for your Austin area wedding, contact us at Stained Glass Austin on pricing and ideas.
The lively culture and artistic vibe of Austin have made stained glass a very popular choice for many neighborhoods. If you take a walk in Old Enfield, Clarksville, Hyde Park, or anyone of Austin’s historic neighborhoods, you’re bound to see stained glass in entryways and windows of homes in the area. However, stained glass isn’t just for Austin’s older homes. Many newer style homes in Cedar Park and Round Rock also feature clear, contemporary stained and leaded glass windows.
Stained glass can be incredibly stunning when integrated in the right manner. It’s subtle, yet noticeable, and makes a beautiful addition to bathroom windows, kitchens, sidelights, and transoms. And there are plenty of options to choose from too. When designing your stained glass, you get to decide every last detail, from the imagery to the colors of the glass. It’s a very customizable feature, which makes it easy to incorporate into a variety of architectural styles.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: His Work And Inspiration
If you have studied any sort of art history or design you likely know about an artist named Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was a prolific designer, artist, architect and furniture builder who attended the Glasgow School of Arts and, as it were, was one of the most influential figures in stained glass art of his time, among many other accolades. His distinct furniture set him apart from other designers of his day and even more so his very unique signature style stained glass
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass
While no one can say for sure how Mackintosh’s style can to fruition, we do know that the 1890s was a decade of learning and development for him. This when he went forward with his architectural training, traveled to Italy. While his style is very different than Italian masters at the time, you can see an attention to color and romantic Italian themes, specifically floral patterns in his work. However, one would characterize his work as that of progressive modernity with the spirit of romanticism, and clearly the father of some of the most influential Art Nouveau styles we see hints of in buildings and art today.
The Mackintosh Rose In Stained Glass
By far the most commonly known and often imitated motifs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is his signature rose. Its simple form, natural curves, and simple texture sets it apart, as well as his use of bold colors against clear glass. Truly one of the world’s most marvelous stained glass motifs, it is the very picture of doing more with less.
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass For Your Austin Home
While no artist today can truly do justice to Mackintosh’s signature style, we at Stained Glass Austin, offer marvelous custom stained glass windows in the style of Charles Mackintosh that are absolutely stunning. Our work will leave you with a sense of vintage luxury, as his work once did in homes and buildings across America. Truly ahead of his time, Mackintosh’s designs are as relevant today as they were at the turn of the 20th century and will look wonderful on any home old or new.
Watch our video on Charely Rennie Mackintosh below:
Contact us today to learn more about Mackintosh style glass to beautify your Austin home.
By Martin Faith
Austin residents agree that Austin is renowned for its thriving, diverse art scene. Austin residents also agree that its always a great time to increase home equity, heighten curb appeal, as well as add that unique, artistic touch in their home. Whether you’re looking to renovate the transoms in your craftsman style home in Travis Heights or add some privacy to your Tuscan style house in Circle C Ranch, here are some beautiful stained glass transom ideas for your Austin home: