Friday, December 12, 2008

Glass Lust

Most rowhomes in Baltimore have a transoms above the front door and the front window. While some transoms have been bricked over most houses still have these transoms. They look great on the façade, and they allow much needed light into the house. When your house is only 13' wide by 45' long with windows only on the 13' sides, you need all the light you can get. In the past I discussed wanting a new transom over the door, but it's not on the high priority list. It's a wish list item - not a need item.

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After looking at Steve and Marisa's custom designed glasswork from the local artist Wholly Terra, and Jenny's new stained glass transoms I'm lusting over a stained glass transoms. My house has transoms over both the front door and window (see above) but for budget reasons I'm only dreaming about replacing the transom over the front door. Here is an example of the type of transom I like from another local Baltimore artist, Terraza Stained Glass.



I love the modern design, and the estimate on their site shows a cost of around $300 for this transom. Since my transom is arched, it would probably be more. It's not in the budget for now, but it's something to dream about.

P.S. I emailed Steve at Wholly Terra and it turns out he did my favorite stained glass window in Baltimore. Check it out below. I want! Steve said his prices even include installation, so that would be one less thing to worry about.

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14 comments:

Anthony said...

Their work is AWESOME. A friend of mine had one put in his house in Pigtown and it looks even better in person. We are debating if we should have him craft one for our house too, but with a roof that is leaking at the moment, we may have to hold off on this.

Jenny said...

Corey-the design you picked was exactly what I wanted but then the little person inside my head said that it may not fit my house because I have it decorated very traditional. I would gladly put you in touch with the lady I used. Great prices and the best part is that she tripled paned the window.
Robin Lambdin-lambdinr@yahoo.com

momnipotent said...

That is beautiful! How are the address numbers attached?

Corey said...

Jenny - Thank you so much for the name, and that is awesome that yours is triple pane. I can really feel the heat/cold coming from mine. I don't see any designs like wholly terra's though.

momnipotent - it looks like there are pegs that are tied into the vertical glazing strips. Looks pretty cool, but since I already have house numbers I'm thinking I wouldn't need them.

Anthony - I understand you pain. Hopefully you can soon afford one. :-)

Jenny said...

You could email Robin the picture and ask her how much something like this would cost for her to do.

Mike said...

I just uncovered a transom over my main front window, which had been covered with vinyl siding on the outside, and plywood on the inside. The glass is still in tact, but it's single pane frosted, so I bought a new double pane sash to install in its place.

Unfortunately, the transom over the front door had been completely removed and sided over, but I also installed a new sash window there.

Anyway, the plan is to install a stained glass insert in both windows, so be sure keep us posted on who you go with and how it turns out, because I might be next!

H said...

Thanks for the info on the local stained glass shops. I'm currently eying a large fixer rowhouse near my current apartment, but right after it was listed someone removed the demi-lune stained glass windows. I know they'll cost at least $800 to replace if the small transoms cost about $300.

I hope all is not lost!

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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Something Frank Lloyd Wright like would be awesome too. Has this idea made it to the Christmas lists yet?

the 'Rents

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Anonymous said...

I just saw that 2619 the other day and definitely noticed it. Looked great from the street in the car.

Lisa Hunter said...

These windows are lovely, but you could also make your own stained glass windows. It isn't hard (unless you want something incredibly intricate). The trick is having access to the tools -- a course at a community college or arts center can pay for itself.

Kim said...

My dad does awesome stained glass windows. Check out his site at http://pegasusstainedglass.com

BC Planning said...

Wow, I never noticed this before, thanks for the links!

Newburgh Restoration said...

That stain glass is nice!