Hello world! Welcome to our Blog!

Sans Soucie Logo Meta bckgd LG

Welcome to the  Sans Soucie Art Glass blog page!  This page is a wonderful tool that provides us with a venue to share updated information and photographs of our latest completed etched and carved glass and projects, as well as news and information about the art and industry of architectural art glass.  There’s always something new at Sans soucie, like our recently completed carved glass Marine Corps Seal, as well as examples of how we can execute the same design, several different ways to provide the privacy level and look our clients desire.

Chaun & LeeAnn Close

Chauncey & LeeAnn Gannett

See a Quick Demo about pricing and products!  See the screen of …..

         Chelsea     Jessica    or    LeeAnn

Since 2003, blogging has exploded in use and popularity as a tool for individuals and businesses to share news and information about their business, life, product or service.  To see a short video clip that explains what blogging is really all about, see Blogs in Plain English.

New in 2013, we are excited to unveil our Glass Door Designer!  This easy to use online designer is an incredible tool for any homeowner, builder,  and interior designer!    The designer allows YOU customize your door and your glass design to your specifications and place your order right there online!   In addition to pantry doors, the door designer now features front entry and interior doors, wine room , laundry room, even game room and theater glass doors!  In 8 different types of decorative glass!   Sans Soucie Art Glass doors are available as a slab door or prehung in 8 different wood types and fiberglass, or you can purchase the glass insert only, whether interior or exterior .. and can be specified and ordered in any size you need to fit your door!  Right there online!  Doors and glass inserts ship for just $99, and $149 to some East coast states (transit time is 1 to 4 business days).  Solid Frosted glass doors ship in as little as 2 weeks, while our Specialty Glass 2D, 3D Carved and Stained Glass ship in approx. 6-8 weeks, depending on the design, the glass and type of wood selected.

What’s more, over the past few years we’ve been hard at work taking over 200 of our most popular designs and creating a brand new line of Solid Frost designs in a price range never before available!  So whether you’re wanting 2D and 3D carved, painted glass, stained leaded glass, or a simple frosted design, we’ve got what you’re looking for in the privacy level you need!  And it’s all available 24/7!    We know people are going to love this sophisticated, yet streamlined, easy to use Glass Door Designer!

5 Ways to Incorporate French Doors in Your Home

Interested in enhancing your interior design and indoor lighting? Then you should definitely consider interior French glass doors! They can help take a darker, smaller room appear brighter and larger, all with a dash of elegance. Best of all, it can help boost your mood while at home.

In fact, according to a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, when you increase the natural lighting in a room or in a home, it can lead to feelings of happiness, peace and productivity. Because there are many benefits when it comes to French doors, what are the ways you can incorporate interior French doors into your home?

We discuss below.

  1. Balcony and/or patio

For those that want to extend the outdoors indoors, French doors are a great way to show off your surrounding scenery and create a more cozy atmosphere in a room. Furthermore, in a bedroom, it can add natural lighting during the morning hours and help save on electric and gas bills. In your living room or TV room, it can add to the overall curb appeal of your home.

In addition, a series of four or five French doors that overlooks your patio/backyard/garden area for can be the statement piece that your living space needs. Plus, it creates a more inviting atmosphere for guests.

  1. Dining room

Looking to separate your dining area from your kitchen or living room? Then French doors are the perfect solution where you won’t sacrifice natural lighting. This connection can also help blend your room designs so they bleed from one room to the next, whether you use similar wall colors or furniture styles.

Interior Glass Doors Etched Glass Tree oak tree western Sans Soucie

Plus, you can create a more open floor plan in your home, especially if your dining room has a linear access point to other rooms. And adding these types of doors shouldn’t disrupt the structure of the room or walls.

  1. Room corners

Instead of having corner windows in a larger room, why not consider replacing them with French doors? Again, it adds more natural lighting than a regular window, but can serve as a faux patio door that can show off your surrounding views. Furthermore, if you want to create a focal point in a room, consider placing two French doors at right angles to each other.

  1. Pantry

Though most kitchens are open concept, a pantry door is a great way to incorporate more design into a kitchen. It not only keeps your kitchen more organized but can hide away your extra clutter in the pantry. For instance if your pantry clutter is something you want to hide from your guests, consider a French door with glass that has a higher level of privacy.

  1. Bedroom

Lastly, French doors are a great option for a bedroom door or bedroom closet. It can help create a more open concept for your room while adding elegance that you just don’t get with a typical wooden door. Furthermore, a French door can be the jumping off point where you can take the accents of the door color/design and incorporate it into other furniture in the room, including the armchair, headboard and other objects in your bedroom.

Etched Glass Installed Bathroom Door Sun Odyssey 2D Private Framed Door

Lastly, French doors are an affordable option to up your curb appeal and can come in a variety of styles including different panel designs, glass types and wood species.

When choosing the right way to incorporate French doors into your home, you’ll need to consider the size, design, materials, available space and budget. At Sans Soucie we have an array of French doors to choose from. Contact us today to see what designs will be best for your home!

Understanding the Different Types of Wood

At Sans Soucie, we offer eight wood species and two fiberglass options. Whether you’re shopping for new glass entry doors or a new wine cellar door, besides deciding on glass design and style, you’ll also need to pick the wood type. These wood species vary in appearance, durability and turnaround time.

Below are eight types of wood and two fiberglass options to consider when searching for the best wood for exterior doors and interior doors.

-African Mahogany

Mahogany is one of the best types of wood to use for entry doors thanks to its thickness and hardness. Especially if you live in a more humid or wet climate, this wood has high durability and can withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Sans Soucie African Mahogany

Additionally, this reddish-brown heartwood stains and polishes to an excellent finish — which is great especially if you want to recolor the door in the future. African Mahogany is low in cost compared to other wood and has wide availability.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Douglas Fir

Renowned for its beauty and performance, Douglas Fir has a light rosy color along with straight and handsome grain patterns. Douglas Fir is also very durable and decay resistant, as it’s primarily used in building and construction.

Sans Soucie Douglas Fir

Paint works well when looking to recolor the door, but staining will be uneven on Douglas Fir. Douglas Fir is low in cost and has wide availability.

Turnaround time: Quickest turnaround time of all wood options at Sans Soucie

-Alder

At Sans Soucie, we offer two types of Adler, Alder Clear, and Alder Knotty. Alder Knotty contains knots, giving a more southwest look compared to Alder Clear. Alder has good gluing properties and works best in indoor environments.

Sans Soucie Alder

Both types are almost white when freshly cut but quickly change to light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge due to air exposure. They also have a fairly uniform texture and can be painted or stained for a good finish. When you stain Alder Clear and Alder Knotty, it blends with walnut, mahogany or cherry. Alder is more common on the West Coast than other parts of the country and is growing in demand.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Cherry

Ranging from light to dark reddish tones, Cherry wood darkens over time, especially the more exposed to sunlight it has. Cherry is also unique in that the wood sometimes contains blonde streaks.

Sans Soucie Cherry

Cherry has a fine uniform, straight-grain, satiny, smooth texture and may naturally contain brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Because of this, Cherry wood often goes unstained. Cherry is very durable, as it resists knocks and other forms of abuse. Cherry is widely available and is average in cost.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Hickory

Of all the types of American wood, Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest. Hickory color varies from tan to brownish-red. Hickory is generally straight-grained and coarse-textured — which can be sanded to a good finish. This grain pattern also welcomes a full range of medium-to-dark finishes and bleaching treatments.

Sans Soucie Hickory

Best of all, Hickory is low in cost compared to other wood and has a wide availability.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-Maple

If you’re looking for a unique look for your door, consider using Maple. Known for its longevity, Maple is one of the most useful domestic hardwood. The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge. In addition, Maple has a uniform texture and is generally straight-grained.

Sans Soucie Maple

Furthermore, Maple can be stained for an outstanding finish and polishes well. Maple doors work best for the interior of your home, as it can be more brittle with the harsh outdoor environment. Maple is relatively inexpensive and widely available, but different variations of Maple — bird’s eye, burl, flame and quilt — can be more expensive.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

-(Red) Oak

This highly stable wood has been key in America’s industrial transformation — from railroad ties to furniture and doors. The sapwood of Red Oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. Red Oak is mostly straight-grained with a coarse texture.

Sans Soucie Oak (red)

Red Oak can be stained to a good finish with a wide range of tones. Especially when picking Oak for a door, be sure to choose the right type that can withstand your climate and environmental elements in your area. Oak is widely available and average in cost.

Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks

Fiberglass Options

These options both contain a 100% CFC-Free Polyurethane core that is environmentally friendly and provides a high R-value for maximum thermal protection.

-Fiberglass Smooth Surface

Our smooth skin Plastpro Door features a pre-pigmented white skin that is scratch resistant and unaffected by moisture and humidity, thanks to Hydroshield Technology. This door will not rot, splinter or warp like wood and will not dent or delaminate like steel.

Sans Soucie Fiberglass (smooth)

Best of all, Fiberglass Smooth Surface door(s) are energy efficient, making it a great option for an entry door.

Turnaround time: Quickest turnaround time at Sans Soucie

-Fiberglass Grain Texture

This type of fiberglass door features a beautiful oak pattern that can be stained or painted in the shade of your choice. Using Hydroshield Technology, this door is moisture resistant and energy efficient. This door will not rot, splinter or warp like wood and will not dent or delaminate like steel.

Sans Soucie Fiberglass (grain)

Best of all, Fiberglass Grain Texture door(s) are energy efficient, making it a great option for an entry door.

Turnaround time: Quickest turnaround time at Sans Soucie

Still have questions or concerns when it comes to choosing the right door(s) for your home? Contact us today!

How to Install an Exterior Door

Thinking about replacing an exterior door with a new one? New glass entry doors are a great investment to your home! In addition to design and saving on your energy bill, new glass entry doors can make your home more inviting and increase your overall curb appeal.

Better yet, installing a pre-hung exterior door is not as scary as it sounds. Read our step-by-step guide on how to install a pre-hung exterior door below. Hint, you can do it all in one day!

What you’ll need:

-Pre-hung exterior door

-Cement screws

-deadbolt lock

-doorknob/doorknob hardware

-wood shims

-wood trim

-fourpenny nails

-cut nails

-pressure-treated lumber

-latex caulk

-6’ level

-pry bar

-tape measure

-drill

-hammer

-utility knife

-Work gloves

-Eye protection

Before beginning your DIY project, make sure that when you remove your old door, you have the new exterior door on hand and ready to install.

  1. Remove old door, frame and molding

First, you need to remove the old door. The best way to do this is by having someone hold the door and another person remove the screws, hinges and hinge pins.

Next, grab the utility knife and score the caulking between the molding and exterior to break the seal. Carefully remove the molding, door jamb, framing, and threshold.

  1. Measure

Installing a Sans Soucie Glass Entry Door

Once your old door is gone, you’ll need to calculate the dimensions of the door opening. Measure the thickness of the wall, width between the side jambs and the head jamb to the seal under the old threshold. Measure at least three times to make sure you have the exact measurements.

After you’ve calculated your measurements and with the shipping brackets still attached, carefully center the new door in the opening. By doing this you can see where shims will need to be placed under the lower side jamb until the unit is plumb and level. Next, place the new door safely off to the side.

  1. Mark plumb lines

Installing a Sans Soucie Glass Entry Door

Using the level, mark plumb lines on both sides in order to help you when you put in the new molding.

  1. Installation

Installing a Sans Soucie Glass Entry Door

Now, you’re ready to install your new door. Start by putting in a thick bead of latex caulk at the subseal, located at the bottom of the old door opening. Place the pre-hung door over the bottom seal first, in the center of the rough opening, and then tilt it into place.

Next, secure the door at each shim location with cement screws*. If necessary, trim off excess shims using your utility knife.

Now, you’re ready to remove the shipping brace and test out your new door. If it looks good, you’ll then need to attach the long-anchor screws into the hinges and door frame.

*If you have a wood frame, be sure to use casing nails.

  1. Seal and insulation

Installing a Sans Soucie Glass Entry Door

If your new door is good to go, the final step is to seal the door and add insulation. Use a caulk gun and caulk around the entire door. You’ll also need to install fiberglass insulation between the door frame and opening on the inside.

Next, install the trim to the door using fourpenny finishing nails. The last step? Install your door knob and deadbolt to your new exterior door.

If you want to add a splash of color, paint your door and frame to further increase your curb appeal. Most pre-hung doors already have a coat of primer, so they’re ready to be painted.

Looking for new and stylish entry doors? Check out our collection here.

5 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Door

Stumped on what to do with old doors when you get your new glass doors? Whether you’re replacing an entryway door or renovating an entire part of your house, chances are you’ll have some leftover building materials, including doors.  

Glass entry door - Sans Soucie Art Glass

Instead of tossing it into a landfill or sticking it in your garage to collect dust, why not find another function for it? You’d be surprised just how many functions a door has when it comes to furniture, organization and interior design. If you don’t believe me, just do a quick search on Pinterest.

Strap on your DIY gloves and learn about five ways to repurpose your old door.

  1. Headboards

Want a custom and unique headboard? Old doors are perfect because they can be reshaped into any length that best fits your room and bed. In addition to the door, you’ll need building pieces similar to the door to help stabilize it as a headboard.

Also, be sure to double check measurements before you cut the door and other materials for your headboard.

  1. Wall Display/Organizer

This is one of the easier solutions of what to do with old doors. A wall display/organizer works great with old interior glass doors as you can creatively display photos and posters in a living room or bedroom. Consider screwing string lights to the back of the door to create an illuminated photo display.

You can also punch out the glass and replace it with chalkboards or cork boards and hang the door frame in a hallway, kitchen or in an office. From there you can pin notes, calendars, etc. to help you organize daily schedules.

  1. Garden Bench

If your door has more wear and tear, then create something for the outdoors! The chipped paint can give your garden and patio area a vintage look. The best door for a garden bench is one with four panels, with two of the panels longer than the other two. Lots of cutting is involved, but what you end up with is comfy, unique and affordable outdoor seating.

Doors can also make great outdoor tables — something to consider if you don’t like cutting wood!

  1. Entryway Furniture

This option can vary from an entryway table to entryway coat rack, bench or cubby — sometimes all three! It’s a great statement piece that organizes all the things you need when walking out the door. In this case, the door serves as a base, where you can add hooks and other building materials to create the entryway furniture piece you desire!

  1. Donate

If you’re still stumped, consider donating your door(s) to a Building Materials Reuse Center (BMRC). These centers help give your unwanted building materials another chance before being placed in a landfill. Also, consider Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores where your donated items are resold to the public for the fraction of the price. Plan on calling ahead to see if they accept your building materials before making the donation.

All in all, keep these five projects in mind before trashing your old door!

Top 5 Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Planning on remodeling this year? Remodeling your house is a great way to increase property value when the time comes to sell. It’s also a great way to incorporate personal style and design into your home. You may even consider remodeling to help reduce your current utility costs and maintenance.

No matter your reasoning, remodeling involves a lot of planning, time and money and in return, can bring better functionality into your home.

So, do you know the basics of remodeling? The remodeling 101s? Whether this is your first remodeling project or 20th, below are the top 5 renovation mistakes you should be aware of.

 

  1. Wrong measurements

Measuring Tape

Never skip the prep work, including taking the necessary measurements. In order to do your renovation right, whether that’s measuring dimensions for new bathroom glass doors or for kitchen cabinets — if you don’t take the time to measure and triple check your work, it could end up costing you more time and money. Property Brothers’, Drew and Jonathan Scott explain, “We always say, ‘measure 10 times and cut once.’ If possible, have multiple people measure a section to make sure you’re getting the correct measurements.

 

  1. Going with the first contractor you find

Saw

When shopping for contractors and/or specialists, never go with the first one that pops up in your Google search. Some research is required to finding the right, qualified and affordable person. In addition to bids, talk with a potential contractor and check their references as well as their business liability insurance. But most importantly, you want a contractor that is honest and easy to talk to. The more personable, the less stress you’ll have during the remodeling.  

 

If you’re stuck on where to start, reach out to friends and family to see who they would recommend for your home project and their experiences with the potential contractor.

 

  1. Living in your house during major remodeling

Home Renovation Glass Window

Especially if it’s a big or long-term project, consider moving out of your home when the renovation takes place. Construction can be dirty, noisy and interfere with your living conditions. Be sure that during the initial budgeting process to factor in the cost of a hotel/Airbnb stay.

 

  1. Not getting a permit/knowing the housing codes

House Codes

In some situations, repairs and remodeling require a permit. You’ll need to do some homework and make sure your remodeling is legal and within the restrictions of your neighborhood guidelines. Although you may be able to let a permit or zoning issue slide by during the actual renovation, when it comes time to sell, you’ll find yourself running into huge problems that could have been avoided. In short, do some research and work with your contractor.

 

  1. Not considering the environment

According to insurancequotes.org, green housing materials are a huge selling point in today’s market. Work with your contractor to see where you can incorporate green materials into your home to help it become more energy efficient. People are often unsure of green materials because they think it will initially end up costing them more money. However, in reality, using green materials is the best investment you can put into your home and often doesn’t cost more than non-green materials.

Glass Doors San Soucie

All in all, keep these five tips in mind in order to save you time and money. And enjoy the learning process! This won’t be the last time you renovate and/or remodel a home!

6 Design Trends You’ll Want to Try in 2018

With a new year comes personal goals, beginnings, and projects to start and complete—such as home improvement projects. Home/interior design projects are a great challenge to set that will help keep you busy, focused, and when completed, can help your home feel more inviting.

So, as you embark on your home projects, it’s important to note the interior design trends in 2018.  Below we discuss six design trends that you’ll definitely want to try and incorporate into your interior projects this year.

 

  1. Patterned Flooring

Wood Flooring

From herringbone to brick and basket weave patterns, there are various patterned flooring options to choose from, not to mention floor types. Patterned flooring can also introduce intricate details into a room and can continue to be trendy in the future. As interior designer Maren Baker explains, “Patterned floors are going to continue to be a strong trend in 2018, and herringbone is a great way to incorporate the trend while still being timeless. I love using contrasting grout to emphasize the lines and make it more modern.”

 

When looking to install or refinish your floor, be sure to research your flooring contractor options. Get various bids from contractors before deciding on one. You’ll also want to take into consideration the floor type—hardwood, ceramic tile, marble, etc.—and the maintenance of each type.

 

  1. Statement Doors

Glass Entry Doors and Transum Carved Glass Tuscan Sans Soucie

This is one interior design trend you don’t want to overlook as there are many added benefits of installing a statement door into your home. This includes increasing brightness, decreasing energy bills and adding details/colors to a room. Whether it’s an entry door, bathroom glass door(s) or a wine cellar door, these doors can establish the tone of a room. For instance, by increasing the natural lighting in a room from a glass statement door, it can positively affect the overall mood in your home and become more cozy and inviting to guests.  

 

First impressions count and here at Sans Soucie, we want to help you make a statement. View our custom designs or learn how to create your own art glass that you can proudly display within your home.

 

  1. Two-Tone Cabinets

Two Tone Cabinets

Colorful kitchens are in and what better way to incorporate color than painting your cabinets in a two-tone style?! Two-toned cabinets can also give your kitchen contrast and make it the focal point of the room.

 

When painting the cabinets, be sure to invest in acrylic alkyds and acrylic urethanes that will help you achieve a professional-looking job. Just be sure to use a primer that is compatible with the paint you choose to use. Prep the area by cleaning, priming and sanding the cabinets you plan to paint. Also, invest in helpful painting tools, such as quality brushes, rollers and even sprayers to get an even finish. Though this is a time-consuming process, it can be a major upgrade to your kitchen.

 

If paint isn’t your style, you can also get a two-tone effect by using different materials on the top and bottom cabinets.

 

  1. Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Although wallpaper seems to come and go as a trend, in 2018, it is seen as a statement art piece. Now, wallpaper is used to set the overall tone for the room. Whether you install it on one wall or on all four, look for patterns that best emulate your personal style and bring out the intricate details you want in the room. As such, by your wallpaper wall(s), try incorporating different textured furniture and furnishings.

 

Trendy wallpaper designs/themes in 2018 include: rose gold (pink), botanical, metallic, and emerald green shades.  

 

  1. Metallic Details

Metallic Tables

Similar to a statement door, metallic pieces are great because they can brighten a room thanks to its reflectivity. Try incorporating metallic into wallpaper (accent walls), furniture, fabrics and other furnishings in various rooms. The key is to find creative ways to add in the metallic detail. From entryway mirrors, statement lamps and end tables to bed frames and accents on ceilings—there are many ways to incorporate metallic.

 

 

Also, consider mixing and matching different metallic tones. LuxDeco explains, “Cool metallic tones (such as silver, nickel, and steel) bring a slick, modern aesthetic whilst warmer tones (gold, rose gold, bronze and brass among others) are inviting, flattering and subtly glamorous. A mixture of the two offers unique looks – modern with a touch of glamour, minimalism with an inviting appeal and rawness refined.”

 

  1. Patterned Plants

Patterned Plants

Plants, or more specifically, patterned plants, are the hot trend in 2018. Plants are a great way to add color, beauty, and life to a room. You can use larger plants as a nice side piece to your furniture or place in the corners of your living space. Consider placing medium sized plants on a bench or window ledge to make a statement in your home. And, if you don’t want the added maintenance with live plants, consider high-quality faux plants.

 

As you embark on your 2018 home projects, keep these interior design trends in mind.

Energy Efficiency and Glass Doors

When it comes to glass doors and windows in your home, it’s important that they are energy efficient. Why? Besides reducing your monthly electric and gas bill, you can also leave less of an ecological footprint when you install glass doors and windows that are energy efficient.

Below are four benefits of installing energy efficient glass doors and windows.

  1. Insulation

Sans Soucie glass door

A large amount of heat energy is lost from poor insulation. As such, windows and doors play a significant role in your heat and cooling costs. However, when your windows and glass doors better insulate your home, you’ll end up using less energy. With lower energy used, it can also reduce your greenhouse gas emissions

In addition, when you install energy efficient windows and doors, they can increase the natural lighting in your home, and lower your lighting (electric) costs overall.

  1. Eliminate external noise

Sans Soucie glass door

In addition to keeping the elements out and keeping the heat inside, energy efficient doors and windows can insulate your home from external noise. This includes reducing sounds from the street (sirens, trains, traffic) as well as your neighbors. Get more peace and quiet from your outside environment with energy efficient glass.

  1. Protection

Sans Soucie glass door

As mentioned earlier, energy efficient glass can help increase natural lighting, but can also protect the valuables inside of your home. How? The glass is made with a special low-emissivity coating that helps blocks harmful UV rays. Your valuables, such as rugs, furniture, wood floors and other items in your home can be damaged when in contact with direct UV rays.

In addition, this coating can help reduce overall glass cleaning, as it eliminates dirt and water buildup (on the outside).

  1. Investment

Sans Soucie glass door

Lastly, you can increase the overall value of your home with energy efficient windows and doors. Generally speaking, replacing your windows/doors with energy efficient glass can last between 15 to 20 years. The key is that you’ll have to take care of them through regular maintenance. This includes cleaning the sills and tracks, tightening screws, and making sure the window/door hardware is operating correctly.

At Sans Soucie, all of our exterior doors are energy efficient through the materials we use. The art glass created by Sans Soucie is tempered, meaning you won’t lose any thermal insulation. Furthermore, the door frame features weatherstrips and a door sweep to make your door totally sealed from the elements.

Click here to learn more about our exterior single pre-hung door features.

Click here and here to learn more about our energy efficient glass and its performance data.

How long does it take to install a Sans Soucie glass door? On average, the complete turnaround time from date of deposit to completion/installation is 8 weeks, depending upon the project. Our schedule is based on a first come, first served basis, but obviously larger jobs with more complex designs and requirements will have a longer lead time, whereas more simple projects may sometimes be completed within a shorter time frame. Because it is a first-come, first served basis, most turnaround times are equal. Of course we will let you know our current workflow schedule at the time of order.

What to Know Before Putting in a Glass Front Door

Like people we encounter every day, a house can also give off a first impression. And nothing makes more of a statement than a glass entry door.  New and improved glass front doors can boost your curb appeal, set an inviting tone for guests, and incorporate personal style and design into your whole house.  

Below are four things to know before installing a glass front door for your home.

  1. Privacy

Sans Soucie glass door

The first thing to consider when installing a glass front door is the type of privacy you want. At Sans Soucie we have three levels of privacy with our art glass that doesn’t sacrifice natural lighting. This includes semi-private, private and not private. Depending on the design carving—1D, 2D, 3D or 3D painted—it will also affect the privacy in your glass door.

Also, take into account your neighborhood and the kind of privacy you would need. Do you live in a more secluded suburb or in a downtown area? It’s important that you think about the level of privacy your area/environment offers when considering glass doors.

  1. Security

Along with privacy, security is another important factor with glass entry doors. Glass doors for your entryway should be double-paned glass as opposed to single pane. Why? A double-paned glass is more secure and can withstand weather along with intruders. Again, consider your neighborhood and typical weather conditions and if glass doors can give you the security you need in your home.

  1. Lighting

Sans Soucie glass doors

Glass doors can be a great asset when looking to increase natural lighting in your home and overall energy. In fact, increasing natural lighting in your home can help improve your mood. According to a recent study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, increasing natural lighting can lead to feelings of happiness, peace and productivity. Depending on the privacy glass level, consider if you want or need more lighting in the front area of your house.

  1. Door Type/Materials

What door type do you want as a front door? Besides the glass design, you’ll need to consider the door type (single or double), swing (inswing or outswing), and hinge location. Most doors are built with an inswing, towards the house, but determine if that’s possible with your house design

.Sans Soucie glass door

In addition, you’ll need to decide what materials will work best for your door. Talk with your door designer/interior designer to figure out what type of wood, steel, and glass materials you want. Keep in mind that some materials will be more energy efficient than others and can help reduce your energy bills. When shopping for door materials, look at your options for additional insulation with your door.

Our process is simple when buying art glass from Sans Soucie. You’ll decide the door style, type of glass, door material and work with our team of professionals to pick a design or create a custom design of your own. Learn more about our process here.

All in all, keep these four things in mind when considering glass doors for your entryway.

How a Door is Made at Sans Soucie

At Sans Soucie, we offer a level of quality, skill, precision, and expertise when it comes etched, carved and leaded art glass. Having been in the glass industry for over 40 years, we are known by thousands of homeowners, designers, builders, and developers for the quality of our work, our large range in price and our outstanding level of customer service and satisfaction.

What is our process like when creating custom glass doors?  What steps are taken from concept all the way to completion?  Read below to learn how glass doors are made at Sans Soucie.

Sans Soucie office

The first step when creating glass doors for clients is what we call the collaborative and quote stage. It’s here where we meet with the clients and reference existing design elements or new photos along with a detailed description of the artwork. The designs are a collaborative effort, combining our creativity, skill, and expertise with your tastes, preferences, and imagination.

Our principal artist and designer, Chauncey W. Gannett, takes inspiration from a wide range of design tastes and styles. He loves natural and abstract elements as well as art with geometric and contemporary influence. What are some of our most popular designs? Some of our most popular options at Sans Soucie are Sun Odyssey, Dreamy Waves, Palm Sunset, and Bamboo Forest.

Sans Soucie Glass Door sketch

Usually, clients will come to us with a basic design style in mind. They also look at our vast array of design archives within that style and although the design may begin there, changes are made to suit your tasks and meet your specifications, creating a custom design for your individual glass doors. Other times, we “start from scratch” and create one-of-a-kind, original design. Bottom line, we base the design on your decor and architecture of your home or business.

Once we have the glass sizes and the basic design concept/style, we will provide you with a quote. The quote will vary depending on these main factors: type of art glass, depth of the sandblasting, design complexity, type of sandblast effect, background effect, and delivery and installation requirements.

Sans Soucie glass

After the design and quote are created, an order is placed after client confirmation and submitting a 50% deposit. Next, the design is drawn out. This line drawing is submitted to the client for approval.  At the same time, we order all the needed materials for the glass doors. At Sans Soucie, we offer eight different kinds of wood, two fiberglass frames and all the hardware needed for glass products. We also offer frameless “all glass doors.”

Once we have design approval from the line drawing, we move next to the fabrication process. Once we receive the glass and door from our vendor,  Sans Soucie etching and/or carving takes place by laying out the drawing on the glass. This etching and/or carving is achieved via sandblasting by hand—we do not use any acid etching or any kind of machine/laser etching. These leaded glass pieces are also custom cut and fabricated by hand. If the design features color, it will be applied after carving, using special glass paints via air-brushing. This glass is then put in the door.

Once the custom glass door is created, it is then packaged and shipped while the client received an email with tracking and delivery information. We will personally deliver and install your art glass piece within a 250-mile radius from our location in Palm Desert, California.

Sans Soucie glass door

On average, the complete turn-around from date of deposit is eight weeks, depending on the project.

How can you get started today? Clients can either order directly online through our door and glass designer and/or can get a quote for a custom or specialty item not available online. Through a collaborative effort, we can design and create the one-of-a-kind statement door(s) you want in your home and/or business.

Click here to learn more about our glass doors and our business.