The decision to use leaded glass (often referred to as stained glass) as part of your decorating scheme is an excellent choice. Stained glass has been used for decorative and structural purposes for centuries and has proven its ability to withstand the test of time not only for its architectural uses, but perhaps more notably, its value as a truly historic art form.

There are many styles and designs that can be created with leaded glass from the magnificent Prairie Style windows of Frank Lloyd Wright to the whimsical organic designs of Tiffany. It’s a medium that can incorporate any concept, color scheme, or artistic element you desire.

Through leaded glass you can possess unique hand crafted art objects that are will express your personality and motif to whatever extent you desire. It’s an art form that is noticed and will elicit many comments and compliments. When used as an exterior window element it can be also be appreciated by people passing by on the street or sidewalk. The architectural use of stained glass will not only add to the beauty and curb-appeal of your home, it will also increase its market value.

CCS has been creating leaded glass panels since 1997 and prides itself on working closely with the client to ensure everything from the design, to the color scheme, to the installation are exactly as desired and truly reflect the interests of the client.

We are one of the only leaded glass studios that has the expertise to gild glass. Gilding is the process of adhering real 23 karat gold leaf to the glass so it becomes the beautiful golden colored mirrors that are often seen in prairie style window designs in Chicago’s famous Bungalows and other buildings from the early part of the last century.

Due to variations in stained glass window designs, materials, construction details, and installations, accurate estimates are difficult to make before spending some time discussing the project. The following factors, as well as others, contribute to higher production costs:

  • organic designs, as opposed to geometric
  • beveled glass
  • jewels
  • gilding
  • mirrors
  • specialty glass
  • number of pieces of glass per square foot
  • painting
  • sand etching
  • adding patina
  • weatherproof cementing
  • wood framing
  • installation

Time estimates for design, construction, and installation vary based on some of the same factors above, but can be roughly estimated at between 2 to 3 hours per square foot. A 36″ x 24″ project should take between 12 to 18 hours to complete once the design and site measurements are done. Obviously, time is needed at each step for meetings to discuss the project, finalize the design, arrange for the site visit, arrange for the installation, etc., so it’s not unusual to expect the project to take two to three weeks from our first meeting to the completed installation for a 36″ x 24″ window.