Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Traverse Magazine Mention

Check out the August 2010 edition of Traverse Magazine for a project we were apart of.

The project was a modern house done in Elk Rapids, MI

Custom window we featured earlier in one of our posts.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How to install glass insert into door

Installing a glass insert into your door is easy and does not require anything more than a good jigsaw, a drill, 5/8 drill bit, a tape measure and or square ruler, caulk, pencil and screw driver. You don't need to be a woodworker or master craftsman to do this. You can take any flush panel door; wood, fiber glass, metal, new or used and add a glass insert to turn it into something unique and special.

First step is using the frame of the glass insert to draw your cut line on the door. There are two sides of each frame, make sure the outside of the frame is facing up and that you are tracing the smaller side. The door shown here is a fiber glass door I picked up at my local lumber supply company for $186. Measure once, measure twice and what the heck measure a third time. Make sure it is square, centered and where you want your glass to go.

Next, drill holes in the corners. Make sure the holes are big enough for your jigzaw blade to fit into. Don't drill too close to the cut line, use your jigzaw to make the close cuts.

Tape the outside of the cut line. This will protect the door from the jigsaw. Avoid any scratches or marks. Also, make sure you use painter's tape so you don't leave any gummy tape residue.

Using a good jigsaw with a blade long enough to go through a 1 3/4" door, cut along the pencil out line of your frame.

Carefully remove the cut out. When making your final cuts be sure to hold up the cut out with either tape or a second pair of hands. Don't let it fall out. It will tear the edge of the facing.

Insert one side of the frame. Caulk the frame onto the door. Make sure you have plenty of caulk around the frame, let it ooz out onto the door. This is important, you don't want any moisture to get in between the frame and the door. Install the outside frame first, you will know it is the outside since it does not have any predrilled screw holes.

Paint, stain, seal your door. Install the glass, again use caulk to secure the glass into the frame. Screw on the inside frame and voila your door is done. A door you won't find anywhere else. It took me about two hours to complete this project.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

glass inserts

One of the biggest costs of selling doors online is all the crating and shipping charges. To successfully ship a glass panel door requires extensive crating along with putting the door on a pallet. Something that takes up a big foot print in a truck and therefore higher shipping charges. Our new line of doors is designed to eliminate the need to ship the whole door. With our glass inserts you can take a standard flush panel door, cut out an opening and insert a glass panel. More on how to do this to come.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

stained glass restoration

Today we finished installing our big restoration project. Very exciting, lotta work, different from doors but still stained glass.

Looking through an opening from the outside into the inside scaffold and the opposite window on the far side of the chapel.

Looking down two lancets from the outside

Installing the last glass panel.

The scaffold from the outside. Everything is safely installed. Whew!

Friday, March 12, 2010

All in a days work

Here is a clip of one days work reinstalling window. The panels shown here are 15 of 45 panels being reinstalled. All the panels were removed one year ago, completely rebuilt and now we are reinstalling them.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Client photos

Here are some photos a client sent in recently on the single panel glass door with two sidelites. Notice how the light is hitting the floor creating a new pattern. This pattern will move and shift throughout the day as the sun moves and changes the angle it hits the glass. Also, the pattern will be different depending on the season and how high the sun is in the sky.

Here are some photos a client sent in on the single panel glass door with two sidelites. Notice how the refracted light is hitting the floor.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Doors

We have changed our designs and are offering new designs. These new designs will allow us to sandwich all the art glass between tempered glass. The designs will also significantly lower shipping costs. More info to come soon.