A stained glass window or window hanging can brighten and beautify a space in your home that might otherwise be a bit dull or, occupied by a standard clear window, look out on an less-than-spectacular view. Stained glass can afford privacy without blocking out natural light. You can hire a stained glass artist to custom-make stained glass windows and wall hangings at a price that will vary based on the following factors:
Complexity of design
The color, type or texture of glass
Painting on glass vs. combining glass pieces
Generally, you will pay anywhere from $90 up to $600 or $700 per square foot to commission a custom stained glass window or hanging. That price may not include installation, depending on whether the glass artist offers that service.
Complexity of stained glass design
Mark Stine, owner of Transparent Dreams Stained Glass in Denver, Colorado, has a three-tier pricing structure for custom stained glass windows:
Low (least complex design): $90-$150 per square foot
Mid-tier (not overly simple or overly detailed): $150-$250 per square foot
High (most complex design and special glass or techniques required): $250 and up per square foot
Artist Eric Mauro owns Eric Mauro Stained Glass in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, near Boston. His custom windows typically cost $600-$700 per square foot, including installation, but smaller, less complex pieces may cost less.
Size and materials
Larger stained glass windows cost more because the artist needs more time and more materials to create them. Mauro of Eric Mauro Stained Glass designed leaded stained glass panels to fill the sidelights on each side and the transom above a client’s front door. The project resulted in 12 stained glass panels in all and cost $6,000, including installation.
Stained glass designs are generally created by fusing together pieces of colored glass using pieces of lead, which produces the separation of colors unique to the art form. Stained glass may also be the result of designs that are painted on glass using special paint, then fired in a kiln to adhere the paint permanently to the glass. Pieces from Eric Mauro Stained Glass that involve painting take more time and typically cost more, says Mauro.
For the sidelights and transom windows Mauro of Eric Mauro Stained Glass designed in the project described above, he ordered glass from Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, which added to the cost. Stine of Transparent Dreams Stained Glass notes that sometimes a certain color, type or texture of glass may significantly influence the cost of a piece. Cobalt blue glass contains the element cobalt, some pink glass contains gold, and other colored glass may also contain expensive elements.
Repair and restoration
In addition to creating custom stained glass pieces, Mauro of Eric Mauro Stained Glass also repairs and restores stained glass and leaded glass, which is common in many older homes and buildings in the Boston area. The work can be time-consuming and requires great care, depending on the age of the window and the extent of the damage or dirt buildup. The cost also factors in the level of difficulty required to remove and reinstall a window or a pane of glass in a cabinet. Removal and reinstallation ranges in cost from $150 to $200. The repair itself might cost $500 or more, depending on the extent of the damage. Maurot restored a crescent-shaped stained glass window that included the building’s numeric address for $3,000. The window, which was in a stairwell, was caked with soot and was missing some pieces. Repairing broken glass in an antique leaded glass cabinet door, on the other hand, might cost about $400.