Stained Glass


Where to start

The location for your stained glass window may affect the type of design you choose.


Once you have decided to get a stained glass feature, your first decisions are where to put it and what type of design you would like.

We are here to help, so please get in touch to make a time to come into our studio, or contact us by text, phone  or email via our contact form to arrange a time for us to visit you.


The most popular areas are entranceways, either in the door or beside it in a sidelight. Other popular spots are stairwells, bathrooms and kitchens. They can also be hung as window art or used as room dividers in a variety of ways.

Stained glass is not just for houses and commercial buildings. We also install into outdoor locations like decks, gazebos and as sculptures.


Glass is made for light, so the more backlight you have for your leadlight, the more vibrant it will be.  However, by careful selection of glass types and colours and by using mirror backing or even artificial light, we can make the most of any situation.

Stained glass can also be set into internal walls to bring additional ight and character into a room.

“Thank you so much for my gorgeous windows they are exactly what I imagined and have given the house so much character!”
Aimee, Matamata

The Design Process

Our clients are often inspired by TV scenes, design magazines and internet browsing.


The most popular way to narrow down your choice of design ideas is to browse our photo albums of previous work.  However, we can work with a sketch, or photo, or just a verbal concept to start the design process.

In some cases, the new design needs to match or complement existing stained glass designs already installed.

We work closely with our clients to find the ideal design solution for them. Once we have an idea of what your preferences are, and the approximate sizing, we can work on an initial design or two to get the ball rolling.  If we have a photo of the window or door in question, we can superimpose the design over it to give you a feel for how it might look.

Concept designs are usually sent by email and you are encouraged to give feedback so that we can refine the design accordingly, until we are all happy with how it looks.


Cost for producing new stained glass projects is dependent on several factors: the size, location, complexity of the design and the installation process.

If the design is likely to be complicated and time-consuming, we may ask for a drawing fee at the design stage, which is deducted from the cost of the job if it goes ahead.

Estimates for the project are supplied along with the initial design concepts. As glass prices vary, the final cost is determined once the client chooses which glass options they’d like to use.

Once the price, design and glass choices are made, we request a deposit.  Payment of the deposit secures the project within our workflow and is required before the commencement of any manufacturing.

Final payments are due on or before the day of installation, dispatch or collection.


Designs are based firmly on client preference but are limited by the nature of the medium of glass, and must meet glazing regulations and be fit for its intended purpose. We keep strength, longevity and aesthetics in mind and also plan colours and density to suit décor and degree of backlighting.

If measurements or installation details are not from a reliable source like a builder or joinery company, we will visit to measure and check out the installation requirements.

Once any feedback is addressed and the design is settled, we invite the client to come into the studioif they would like to be involved in the selection of colours and textures of glass to be used.