Should I Repair My Victorian Stained Glass Windows or Get New Ones?

Should I Repair My Victorian Stained Glass Windows or Get New Ones?

If you have Victorian stained glass windows in your Kansas City house, the chances are they need to be repaired or restored. This is because vintage stained-glass needs repair/restoration every 80-100 years and it has been over 100 since these were made. Many homeowners come asking if their window’s worth repairing.  For the most part, we encourage them to opt for restoration. Read below why:

Victorian  Stained Glass Is has Monetary Value

Victorian stained glass windows are an increasingly rare commodity. While you may not think much of it, your Kansas City home’s stained glass windows from this period could be worth a pretty penny when restored! This all depends on the quality and restoration – but generally speaking, these antique pieces will appraise for 4x that of new stained glass. 

Victorian Vintage Stained Glass Is Historical Value

Stained glass windows are a beautiful part of history. They have monetary value because they’re antique, but also worth preserving for their historical significance.  One can find out about the window’s past by looking at who commissioned it and what materials were used to create them.  We can help you find these things out when we do your appraisal.  However, the importance of these pieces extends beyond just being pretty. When you opt to have them restored you are keeping a little piece of Kansas City history alive too.

No matter what you decide to do with your Victorian home’s stained glass it is always a good idea to get it inspected and/or appraised to find out who made it and when.  Contact us today for pricing and to schedule an appointment. 

How to Create a Stunning Bathroom with Stained Glass for your Kansas City Home

When was the last time you updated your bathroom? Was it 10 years ago? Maybe 15? As a general rule of thumb, minor updates should be made to a bathroom at least once every 4 to 5 years. And every 10 to 15 years, major renovations (like upgrades to appliances) should take place to keep your bathroom from becoming outdated and depreciating the value of your home.

If your bathroom is overdue for an update, it’s time to start planning! And one option you should consider is stained glass. Stained glass windows and decorations can make your bathroom look stunning and increase your home’s worth.

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Portfolio Update: Recreating a Beloved Stained Glass Window for Sam Houston State University

Scottish Stained Glass, is our parent company and we love being in this family because it gives us a chance to take part in stunning historical stained glass restorations, repairs, replacements, and recreations. One recent project we are especially proud of is Sam Houston State University.  This was a chance for us to breathe new life into a campus that lost one of its most iconic features, a stained glass window.

Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Windows

Sam Houston State University was founded in1879 making it one of the oldest schools in Texas.   The now sprawling campus was once made up of lovely arched bricked structures, one of which was adorned with a lovely stained glass window.  A rare feature in Texas at this time, this window was the pride and joy of the school. Sadly, in 1982 it was destroyed in a fire.  During the pandemic. SHSU decided it was time to bring that window back as a way to commemorate their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service”.  They invited Scottish Stained Glass to work on this project–and we couldn’t be happier they did! 

The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass

The biggest issue with this window replication was–the window was lost to time because the original stained glass was completely destroyed in the fire.  Also, there was a little historical record of the window outside of one picture in a yearbook from 1962.  Using just that single color photo to guide our way, we did what we do best–create a masterpiece.

Modern Technology for Restoring Stained Glass

Our strategy as stained glass restoration experts is to use old and new technology to get the very best results.   This meant scanning this picture into the computer and then printing it out full size to trace the lines exactly.  We then loaded the line drawing back into the computer to resize it since the school requested a new window twice the size. Admittedly that process was hard and time-consuming but it was worth it since it paid off in beauty and accuracy!

Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass

A  major issue with this project and many others that we have done is trying to source materials that were used over 100 years ago!  Many of the color formulas are gone and some color ingredients no longer exist.  So to find very close matches to all the colors we used our very best conservation specialists.  They were able to find nearly exact matches to every color in the original stained glass windows. Since “close enough” is not as accurate as we like to be. we next turned to our network of stained glass painting artists.  They were able to apply additional layers on top of the “close” hues to make them exactly accurate.

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The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window

This work of stained glass art took us almost a full year.   This is not uncommon with stained glass restorations of this scope.  The end piece had 3,000- 4,000 individual pieces and over 10 layers of delicate paint to create shadows on clothing and faces.   Aesthetically speaking, the window is stunning. So much so it has once again become the crown of the campus  The entire university–from staff to students loves the new piece and once again the school has a crowning jewel!  We here at Kansas City Stained Glass are also thrilled with the masterpiece we created as we take great pride in our work.  To us, stained glass restoration, repair, and recreation projects are a way of giving respect to the artwork of old and preserving it for generations to come.

If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too!  Contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass today for a free consultation.

 

Kansas City Stained Glass Portfolio Review: Lovely Painted Stained Glass

Here at Kansas City Stained Glass, we are fortunate enough to be a part of one of the most talented stained glass studios in the country-Scottish Stained Glass. This allows us to be part of some really amazing stained glass creations. Each project comes with a set of challenges–but at the end of the day, they are all fulfilling. We see our job as transforming more than just church windows but the lives of the congregant’s tool. One example of this is our most recent installation and powerful portfolio piece– St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church located in Wray, CO.

The Scope of Our Custom Stained Glass Project

Wray isn’t a large town but this stained glass installation sure was! Since this is a newer church (built in the last 30 years) St. Andrew’s did not have stained glass windows in the sanctuary. 2020 turned out to be the year the congregation was ready to have them installed–even in spite of a pandemic (and of course all safety protocol and social distancing was implemented for the job). They reached out to us to install five new, painted stained glass windows on the east side of their sanctuary. A custom job we were happy to have the chance to do–since custom work is what we do best.

Customizing Stained Glass to Be Historically Accurate and Beautiful

The church congregation decided on a depiction of the five Luminous Mysteries (baptism, wedding, proclamation, transfiguration, and last supper). These depictions were significant to them and their beliefs. For a job, this sentimental, painted stained glass artwork was an option we pitched to them and they loved the idea. Not only is painted glass a very unique stained glass art form but we work with an amazing painted glass specialist–Maria. This project was one for us to put her incredible skills to use. The goal was to make the depictions as life-like as possible so we used actual models to get the poses right. We also did extensive research for historical accuracy in:

  • The Appropriate background and foliage for the region
  • Authentic tile design for floors in that time-period
  • A historically accurate depiction of the town of Cana

The Beauty of Custom Painted Stained Glass

Our custom painted stained glass project for St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church came out lovely. We used primarily black and brown paint but we were able to pull hints of color from the glass background. We also constructed the stained glass in a manner that harnesses the natural sunlight. This created depth in faces, hands, fauna, and flora. The result was a  stunning three-dimensional appearance– that was truly authentic. All in all, the members of the congregation (who watched socially distanced) were extremely pleased by the beauty and the considerate manner in which we conducted ourselves. One member even mentioned– “Now we have a church”. It is this the type of affirmation that gives us pride and makes us love our work in custom stained glass creation.

For more information on custom stained glass or breathing life into an old piece of stained glass with restoration–contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass today!

Keep Your Kansas City Home Private with Stained Glass

As we continue to spend more and more time inside of our homes, it can be easy to start noticing some issues around your residential property that you never really noticed before. One of the most common issues that homeowners are experiencing is privacy issues. Having a lack of privacy in your own home can definitely make you feel uncomfortable and can actually be a safety concern as well. You don’t want nosy neighbors or potential intruders to be able to look into your property. Privacy stained glass offers the best solution for keeping your Kansas City home private while ensuring a gorgeous investment.

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Stained Glass Restoration vs. Replacement for Kansas City Businesses

Some historical properties and commercial properties throughout the Kansas City area have incredible original stained glass windows. These features often attract many guests, help differentiate your property, and add some unique charm. If you start to see any signs of deterioration or damage, it’s time to start considering if you’d like to have your stained glass restored or replaced. So what’s the difference between stained glass restoration and replacement?

The Benefits of Stained Glass Restoration for Your Kansas City Business

Stained glass restoration is a comprehensive process that restores your original stained glass window. It can add more than another century of life to your windows and offers other great benefits. Stained glass replacement is creating a new window and replacing the old one. Restoration is actually less expensive than replacement and provides a great ROI but preserving the antique value. Stained glass restoration also ensures that future generations can appreciate your original windows. Creating a custom stained glass window to replace your original one is often very costly but can be a great investment. Having an assessment completed on your original windows by a professional stained glass artisan can give you a better idea of the cost-benefit analysis between restoration and replacement.

Work with Kansas City’s Preferred Stained Glass Restoration Studio

Kansas City Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred stained glass restoration studio serving the Missouri and Kansas area. We’ve helped countless businesses and commercial properties find custom solutions for restoring their stained glass features. We’re available during normal business hours and are providing free virtual consultations. Our renowned restoration specialists would love the opportunity to help you properly preserve your treasured commercial stained glass windows. We’re looking forward to working with you!

For more information regarding commercial stained glass restoration for your Kansas City property, please contact us!

Beautiful Bathroom Stained Glass for Your Kansas City Home

Creating a place in your Kansas City home where you can escape, relax, and focus on self-care is important. Especially when you have a family, it’s critical to have a place where you can recharge. Your master bathroom is a great option for designing an oasis where you can unwind. Custom stained glass offers an incredible way to enhance your bathroom design and create a true master bathroom oasis for you to get away.

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o Repair, Restore Remove: Antique Stained Glass Restoration

When it comes to stained glass that is over 80 years old–decisions need to be made about long-term care and restoration. Whether this antique stained glass is in your Kansas City church or home–the questions are all the same. You must ask what the best course of action is to keep your stained glass safe and/or looking good. This usually comes down one of three options: repair, restore or remove.

When to Have Stain Glass Repaired

Stained glass should be repaired when it has minimal issues. This means light cleaning is needed, a few glass panels are chipped or cracked and/or it has small pieces of missing leading. Also, the glass should be under 80 years old to consider repair rather than restoration. This is because stained glass older than 80 years old may have structural issues requiring full restoration.

When to Have Stained Glass Restored

Stained glass needs to be fully restored around the age of 80. As it happens, stained glass was only designed to last 80-100 years before needing restoration due to the materials makers had at the time. When a stained glass is restored it is fully removed from your home or church. It is then taken to our studio for repairs. The restoration includes things like new caming, new support structures, new or restored glass panels, and a deep cleaning.

When to Have Stained Glass Removed

The very last option and one we rarely recommend is for stained glass to be removed. This course of action happens when the window as a whole is beyond repair. In this case, salvaging the window as a whole is not an option. You may be able to save a few pieces and have them made into hanging panels in this case. As sad as it is when stained glass is beyond repair, we here at Scottish can build you a spectacular new window to take its place that will last for 200+ years!

For more information on stained glass repair and restoration here in Kansas City or for a custom stained glass inquiry, contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass today!

Stylish Ways to Add Stained Glass to Your Custom Home

Custom-built homes have been increasingly popular in the Kansas City area. The appeal of creating a home that meets all your functional and aesthetic needs has really resonated with homeowners. When planning the design of your custom home, stained glass is a great option that should be considered for its function and beauty. Stained glass can be customized to complement your intended vision, offering full aesthetic creativity for homeowners and custom home builders.

The Advantages of Stained Glass for Kansas City Custom Homes

Custom stained glass offers a wide scope of benefits that can be implemented into any custom home. Here are some great opportunities for adding stained glass:

  • Entryways: Gain that grand entryway feel by utilizing stained glass in your front door, sidelights, and/or transom. Stained glass can elevate your entryway while offering the privacy benefits that you need. Leaded glass doubles as a privacy solution by blocking unwanted views without obstructing natural sunlight.
  • Bathrooms: For white or neutral color bathrooms, a colorful stained glass piece can add gorgeous contrast. The bathroom offers endless design opportunities that also benefit from the added advantage of privacy. Leaded glass provides pure elegance that can transform your bathroom into the sanctuary that you deserve.
  • Basements: Basement window wells are always required for your home to be up to code. Stained glass is a great way to hide these unsightly views while adding beauty to your space.

Work with Kansas City’s Top Custom Stained Glass Studio

Kansas City Stained Glass is proud to be the custom stained glass studio in the Kansas-Missouri area. We’ve worked with numerous custom home builders to create their client’s vision and would love the opportunity to really bring out that custom appeal in your home. For more information regarding custom stained glass for your custom-built home, please contact us!

Stained Glass Privacy Solutions for Modern Bathrooms

When you think about privacy solutions for your bathroom, stained glass is probably the last thing that comes to mind (if at all). But in reality, stained glass is a making a huge comeback in the interior design world. Elegant privacy stained glass solutions provide Kansas City homeowners with an easy way to control views and light in their bathroom. They’re practical and the aesthetic result is highly intriguing. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite stained glass privacy solutions.

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