power, light and color to your architectural vision like stained glass.
The endless array of colors, textures and images
made possible through this medium can dramatically affect the way people
interact with your building or home.
The process begins with an initial interview between the client
and the studio. In this interview, general information is discussed regarding
the scope of the job (i.e. location, content, style, budget, framing,
etc.). This is considered a brainstorming session in which all
the ideas and expectations are laid out on the table. It is important
at this stage to determine the design style, subject matter and an appropriate
budget for the project. Different styles, such as Gothic Revival
or American Opalescent, require different complexities, which directly
affect the budget. The budget in turn can help determine which design
approaches are possible.
The design phase begins after the initial meeting between the client and
the studio. Several small pencil sketches are presented to the
client based on the initial conversation. The design phase generally takes
place over the course of two to three contacts. It is common for revisions
to be made in the interim or for certain elements of each sketch to them
be compiled into one final design. When appropriate, a 1":1' scale
watercolor sketch is then presented for final approval of the design.
After the approval of the watercolor sketch, a full size drawing is created.
This is a black and white pencil or charcoal drawing called the Cartoon.
The Cartoon defines the lead lines and painted details. Working drawings
and patterns are made from the Cartoon and these are used for glass cutting,
painting and assembly of the window. This marks the beginning of the fabrication
phase and any design changes made to the working drawings would be considered
a change order and additional design time required. The window is then
fabricated and installed by the artisans of Maher Stained Glass
or it is shipped to your location.
There is a $1000 minimum cost for a custom designed stained glass
window. The range of costs varies greatly depending on the size and complexity
of your window. Please visit our Price Guide
to view the approximate square footage costs for the various styles of
windows we create.
If you are
interested in commissioning a window or finding out more about the commission
process, please contact us and
we would be happy to discuss your project with you. Visit our gallery
page to view images of the custom designs we have created in the