Stained Glass Austin Blog - Page 2 of 15 - Stained Glass Austin
Painted Church Tours In Texas
When visiting Austin a fantastic little activity is going to see the legendary “Painted Churches” which are the pride of many parts of the state. Painted churches are historic chapels and churches painted by German and Czech immigrants, they use bright colors and bold patterns as a way to celebrate their continued success as pioneers and to keep their spirits high in times of trouble. Better than visiting a single church is doing an entire tour and one of the best is put on by The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce. They have a lot of knowledge about the area’s painted churches and will provide you with one of the most spectacular and thorough tours in Texas. They also have great ratings on Trip Advisor and other review sites–so you know it will be worth the $10 fee. As stained glass professionals here in Texas, we at Stained Glass Austin, appreciate the preservation of such amazing treasures that illustrate Texas’ long and colorful history–like the painted churches. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to write a little about the best churches included in the tour and the stained glass windows within them.
Stained Glass Treasures In Texas Painted Churches
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
This lovely vintage church is Nicknamed “The Pink Church”. Built in 1907, it is technically the third church built on this site because both churches before it were destroyed by natural disasters. The current stained glass windows are more simple than the ones before but breathtaking anyway and still show some hints of the previous Gothic Revival-style of architecture they were built in.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Dubina, TX)
The Saints Cyril and Methodius Church were designed by is famed architect Leo Dielmann after the original church was destroyed in a hurricane around 1909. Dielman’s actually designed over 100 churches in Central Texas and it is easy to see why after visiting this church. The stained glass in Saints Cyril and Methodius is surrounded by some of the most beautiful interiors of almost any Texas painted church– a hallmark of Dielman’s designs.
St. Mary Catholic Church (High Hill, TX)
St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill has a brick exterior with a wooden interior and as such, is different than most other churches in the area. This is because the community chose to build this church out of brick and stone since many were destroyed by storms and fires. St. Mary was also designed by famed church architect Leo Dielman and is of interest because it was the first one he designed. Once again his Gothic Revival style is even evident by on the stained glass windows and painting on the ceiling.
Here at Stained Glass Austin, we have restored a number of churches similar to the amazing chapels above. As restoration experts, we cherish the long church and stained glass history in the state of Texas and would love to work with your church if the need is there. For more information on stained glass repair or restoration in all of Texas, contact us today!
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 Repair And Replacement Austin
Most people have not idea what their stained glass windows may or may not be worth. Which is understandable because values are hard to estimate in general and tend to fluctuate with time and styles. Now more than ever, as the Austin area is going through a renovation boom, finding out the value of your stained glass and whether to keep or replace it, is important. Not all stained glass is worth a lot of money but a lot of the stained glass, has value beyond monetary. And every once in a while there is the case of a vintage homeowner stumbling upon a surprisingly lucrative piece of stained glass they didn’t realize was so rich in history and value. While most historic stained glass will be not be something you can quit your day job for, finding out the value of your Austin home’s glass is critical for things like insurance value and home resale for example. Below are a few things a stained glass expert, like Stained Glass Austin, will consider when pricing your beloved stained glass window.
What Appraisers Look At When Pricing Vintage Stained Glass
Context Of The Building or Home: The history of the building is a huge part of stained glass value and provides many more clues about the history and maker of the stained glass.
Inscriptions and Signatures. An easy and obvious way to tell the value of stained glass windows is inscriptions on them. These let you know precisely who made the glass or from which studio it came from. Many studios and artists, like Tiffany, put signature plates on the lower right-hand corner or their work.
Composition and Style Elements: The style of your Austin window is a very good way to figure out when it was made and even who made it. Styles like Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Prairie School are all distinctive style, coveted and valuable too. If your vintage stained glass is in these types styles, it is easier to estimate the time, area or artist it came from.
The Surrounding Framing Structure: The frame holding the stained glass is just as telling as the glass that it holds in. If it is the original it will tell you precisely when the vintage stained glass window was made. But what it was made of also tells a tale:
- Iron frames are typically around post 1850s
- Steel frames are usually post-World War I
- Cast stone frames were used as early as the 1880s, but truly came into vogue after 1900)
- Terra Cotta Frames came into use right around 1900
The Make-up Of The Glass: Of course, the glass is a huge clue in and of itself. There were many varieties of glassmaking methods and innovations, each dating to a different time and style in American history. So, opalescent glass, for example, was invented in 1880 and widely used, in two variations by Tiffany.
Stained Glass Austin For Stained Glass Pricing
Before removing or changing the vintage glass in your Austin home, be sure to make every effort to find out and record its history and composition. Also, get it documented for future generation. For help finding out the value of your Austin home’s stained glass contact us at Stained Glass Austin today!
There’s no way to deny the charm and beauty of church stained glass. Once you look upon stained glass, it instantly captures your attention. The beautiful colors and images are make it hard to look away from it.
For centuries, stained glass windows have been popular in religious architecture. Ancient cathedrals across the globe house beautiful stained glass masterpieces that have been expertly planned and crafted. However, you don’t have to go far to see stunning examples of stained glass. It can be found right here, in Texas and the Southern US.
For stained glass enthusiasts, art lovers, and architecture admirers, there are so many beautiful masterpieces throughout the world. One of our favorite stained glass collections is housed within the Sainte Chapelle located in the gorgeous, historical city of Paris. Their exquisite stained glass collection was built over 800 years ago during a time period where glass was a very rare commodity. This age and time period definitely gives you a deeper appreciation for the detail and size of this stained glass collection.
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.
Best Practices For Austin Homeowners Before And During Stained Glass Installation
If you have made the decision to get stained glass on your Austin home you are probably pretty excited right now and the day can’t come soon enough! We understand how you feel and in anticipation of the day have a few ideas on how you can be involved throughout the process to make the install as seamless and efficiently as possible, so you can start enjoying your new window ASAP!
DO: Prepare The Area
Although many stained glass windows involve a simple quick installation, like stained glass window inserts, it is still a process that could involve dust, scraps, and chemicals/adhesives, so you are going to want to take measures to protect your furniture with plastic. Also, remove valuables–it simply is never a good idea to leave valuable items out when contractors are around.
DON’T: Don’t try to help your stained glass installer or touch the window or installation tool. This is as much a precautionary measure to keep you from getting hurt, as it is a convenience to you. Just let the pros do the job and relax; that is what you pay them for–labor is written into the stained glass pricing.
DO: Stick Around. For the most part, stained glass window installations are one day jobs. It obviously depends on the size and scope of your job, but for the most part, even if the project extends a few days, you will be able to stay in your home while it is ongoing.
DON’T: Let your pet run around. Just like humans, pets can be huge distractions during installs and they are is not safe for them to be in. While for the most part, everything we bring in with us is safe, we are still dealing with glass here and adhesives are notoriously sticky!
DO: Contact us with any questions or concerns. The stained glass window you bought for your Austin home is your pet project and something you paid good money for. So, if you have any questions or maybe are concerned about something, in particular, reach out to us at Stained Glass Austin. We want everything about this experience to be positive so you have pleasant of memories of a quality install along with your heirloom quality stained glass windows.
For more information on stained glass installation watch the video below
Reach out to us any time! We would love to chat!
Home Improvement Trend Alert: Stained Glass Window Panels
Stained glass windows may not seem like something accessible to the average homeowners with a real-life budget but the truth is, they are easier to afford, buy and have installed than ever before. Today, stained glass windows come in many different shapes, sizes and designs and price points and likely one that will fit any budget and a popular trend driving the accessibility of these windows is the easy to install stained glass panel inserts. As you will see, these simple but stunning stained glass creations make an elegant home design in Austin a snap and well within your reach.
What Are Stained Glass Panel Inserts?
The best way to describe stained glass panel inserts is–simple but stunning. Stained glass panels are just like traditional stained glass in wooden frames complete with leading, colored or textured glass but they are manufactured to fit your home window frame. They are premade in our world-renowned studio to your exact specifications and then delivered and installed on your Austin home. They look as spectacular as traditional stained glass but still give your home that style pop you are looking to add and can be fit to any window in your home. However, the best part is the panel is placed right over the existing glass, meaning a quick, easy and inexpensive installation.
How Are Stained Glass Panel Inserts Installed?
As mentioned, stained glass panels are manufactured ahead of time in our world-class stained glass workshop and come to your home to literally “pop in”. The whole process is clean and fast–done in as little as an hour if not minutes. When your installer arrives they will thoroughly wash and dry the pre-made stained glass insert and your existing window and frame to remove any grim or smudges. After the installer test fits the panel to ensure a perfect fit, the stained glass adheres to the frame of your interior window. These stained glass window inserts will stay in place as long as you want but can be easily removed too. At this point, your window is done, with very little mess but your installer will be sure to leave your home as clean as they found it.
Watch the video below for more information on stained glass inserts
Scottish Stained Glass Austin For Your Stained Glass Inserts
There is a reason stained glass inserts are all the rage–they are incredibly easy and affordable! At Scottish we have created thousands of custom stained glass windows for homes in Austin and the surrounding area so be sure to consult with us when looking for the perfect stained glass insert for your home. For more information contact us today and schedule a design consultation for the stained glass window insert of your dreams.
Austin is definitely a popular destination when it comes to stained glass. Many of the homes, churches, and hotels throughout this beautiful city feature stained glass. It’s vital for property owners to understand proper care and upkeep for these stained glass features in order to prolong lifespan and maintain optical clarity. Stained glass has so many different benefits ranging from home privacy solutions to inspiring church congregations and promoting hotel brand visibility. Proper upkeep solidifies these functionalities in addition to aesthetics.