Chic on a Budget: Affordable Modern Glass Front Door Solutions!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed that modern glass front doors are making a splash in home design these days. They’re sleek, they let in loads of natural light, and they can seriously transform the look of your home from the curb. Since I’ve been designing glass front doors for years, I’d like to share insider tips on how you can get this look without breaking the bank.

What Is A Modern Glass Entry Door?

The Basics of Design


Modern all glass front doors are all about simplicity and elegance. Think geometric shapes, clean lines, minimalist designs, and abstract patterns. When I first started in the business, I was struck by how these doors could make an entrance feel spacious and welcoming just by allowing more light into the space.

Types of Glass For Exterior Doors 

There are plenty of choices to sift through, but when it comes to privacy, we like to keep things simple with three basic types of glass finishes. Each one offers a different level of privacy. We’ve got: Clear Glass (not private), Gluechipped Glass (semi-private), and Frosted Glass (100% private). Let’s dive into each type, starting with Clear Glass, to help you find the perfect fit for your space.

Let’s talk glass options:

  • Clear Glass: This is your go-to for maximum light and visibility, for those who love a bright and open feel. It’s a glass finish that’s perfect for showing off your stylish interior even from the outside.
  • Gluechip Glass: For semi-privacy without sacrificing all of the light, gluechip glass has a frosted look that makes the glass look like it’s covered in frosty ice crystals. It’s the glass finish that will give you the added bonus of texture to any door design. I remember one client who chose this for a more subdued but still modern look—it really complemented their minimalist aesthetic.
  • Frosted Glass: Offering the most privacy, front doors with frosted glass are ideal for those who prefer more seclusion. Especially, if you’re on a busy street but still want the benefits of natural light. It’s made thru a number of abrasive processes to scatter and diffuse light, and it hides fingerprints well, which is a plus if you have kids or pets.

Frame Materials

Choosing the right frame material for your frosted glass front door is crucial—it affects everything from the door’s look and feel to its durability and maintenance needs. Let’s break down the options:

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Metal: Metal frames offer a modern, sleek look that can give your home a striking industrial edge. They’re incredibly durable and perfect for those who want a minimalist style that stands the test of time.

Primed (Composite): Our primed doors are ready for paint, allowing you to match them perfectly to your home’s color scheme. These doors are made from a composite material combining pine and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). This blend offers the aesthetic appeal of wood with the added benefit of a smoother, more durable finish.

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Wood: For a classic, warm appearance, you can’t go wrong with wood. It’s the traditional choice for many homeowners due to its natural beauty and the cozy ambiance it adds to any entrance. However, wood does require regular maintenance to protect it from the elements.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass frames are tough and designed to endure. Made with a robust composite material, these frames incorporate a polyurethane foam core for excellent insulation and soundproofing. They also have a high-impact, compression-molded exterior that mimics the look and feel of wood without any of the downsides. Fiberglass is resistant to warping, rotting, shrinking, and swelling, making it a fantastic low-maintenance option.

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Benefits of Pattered Glass Front Doors

Let There Be Light

One of the biggest perks of decorative glass front doors is how they allow the access of natural light to pour into your entryway, no matter the door size. I’ve seen dark foyers transformed into bright, inviting spaces just by replacing a solid door with a glass one.

Boosting Curb Appeal 

A frosted glass entry door isn’t just practical; it’s also a style statement. It can modernize the facade of your home and, as a bonus, potentially increase your home’s value. I’ve had clients tell me that their new door was a key feature that drew buyers when they sold their home.

Cost-Effective Solutions for Your Glass Front Door

Budget-Friendly Frame Options

When it comes to choosing your frame for your exterior doors we offer: 8 solid wood species, 2 fiberglass door finishes (smooth and wood grain), and one primed door frame. All our doors are solid (not hollow), and they come unfinished, ready for your personalized touch and necessary prep work. Additionally, we offer hinges in nearly every popular metal finish to match your style.

Want something more budget friendly but still quality? Our fiberglass and primed door frames will be your best option. If you still want the warmth of a gorgeous wood frame opt for the Douglas fir. Out of all of our wood choices, this is the most affable one.

Budget-Friendly Designs

1D Glass Effect – Most Affordable

3D Solid Glass Effect – More Affordable

2D Glass Effect – Higher End

3D Enhanced Glass Effect – Highest End

We offer three unique glass effects — 1D, 2D, and 3D (solid and enhanced). These options can make one door design look completely different depending on your choice. These options are designed to cater to various budgets while still delivering that sought-after modern look.

If you’re interested in our sandblast frosted glass options, we’ve got some really cool choices ranging from simple to super sophisticated. With the four different effects we offer, two are considered high-end, with intricate designs and the other two are simpler, more budget-friendly ones. 

The most affordable options are our 1D and 3D Solid glass effects. The crème de la crème of our collection is the 3D Enhanced—it’s absolutely stunning and our top-tier option. We also have the 2D effect, which is still pretty fancy but a tad less complex; and therefore, less expensive. 

Having these glass effects options allows our clients to have the decorative glass front door (or glass panes/glass panel)of their dreams, while staying within budget. 


Upgrading to a modern glass front door is more than just a way to beautify your home. It can be a smart investment that pays off in light, style, and energy efficiency. Whether you’re doing a full renovation or just looking to spruce up your entryway, there’s a glass door solution that can fit your budget and your taste.

Want to Learn More?

If you’re diving deeper into the world of decorative glass doors or just need some advice, we are your number one resource! Check out more of our blog posts, browse our vast and stunning online catalog to be inspired, or even reach out to our team for a consultation. We’re here to help you make your entryway the best it can be!

Sans Soucie Art Glass: A Legacy of Craftsmanship and Innovation

Family-owned and operated since its inception in 1976, Sans Soucie has solidified its place as the industry frontrunner in the realm of sandblast frosted glass, carved, and hand-painted glass. Pioneering the art of turning ordinary glass into breathtaking “Works of Art Captured in Glass”, we have garnered acclaim both nationally and worldwide.

Sans Soucie has proudly undertaken tens of thousands of residential projects, delighting homeowners not just in the U.S., but internationally as well. Their portfolio also showcases an impressive range of commercial commissions, serving diverse sectors such as the service industry, hospitals, restaurants, museums, hotels, and libraries. Notably, Sans Soucie’s exquisite craftsmanship even graces a tribute room aboard the USS George HW Bush CVN 77.

In 2010, Sans Soucie ventured into selling slab and prehung doors, further solidifying their presence in the home decor space. Recognizing the complexities associated with slab and prehung doors, Sans Soucie introduced their innovative Door Designer Tool. This user-friendly tool has since transformed door designing into a fun and effortless experience, allowing homeowners everywhere to craft doors that resonate with their personal style.

In essence, Sans Soucie Art Glass is not just a brand; it’s a testament to unparalleled craftsmanship, innovation, and dedication to the art of glass design.

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