Next to the master bedroom is the bathroom, where Buckborough used highly textured art glass from California. “The clients said they wanted to use ëfunky, unique materials,í” says Buckborough, who made several partitions from the seemingly undulating glass, which is nearly an inch thick where the glass is most textured. “It lets light in and itís still private.”
He cautions that although attractive, the panels were difficult to install because they had to be the exact size and shape specified. Also, he says, there was a long lead time for ordering, since the glass is floated and had to be made on special rubber forms.
Poet Robert Francis wrote, “Words of a poem should be glass/But glass so simple-subtle its shape/Is nothing but the shape of what it holds.” Although the poem is about words and poetry itself, the sentiment holds for glass, which can be “poetic” as well as utilitarian.
Glass panels can be a good way to bring light to a room and make it feel more spacious. In a few recent projects, Thomas Buckborough, owner of
Thomas Buckborough & Associates, in Acton, Mass., has used glass panels in doors and as dividers.
LIGHT AND SHADOW: Whether youíre installing a standard or a pocket door, you can get a pre-hung unit with a glass panel option. Remodeler Thomas Buckborough used a door, supplied by Simpson, with frosted glass for this bedroom. “You can stand an inch away and see only shadows behind it,” Buckborough says. “We used it here because itís very private yet lets light out into the dark, central hall.” On another project, Buckborough created a unit for a pocket door kit. “It has a cool designerlook thatís not a traditional panel door.”
UNIQUE MATERIALS: The clients wanted to show off their new master suite. Buckborough used glass panels in the transom above this doorway so viewers could see the expanse of white cedar ceiling. “It lets the space from the foyer feel like itís continuing,” Buckborough says. The single-pane tempered glass lends a more open feel to the space,brings light into the home, and adds visual interest.