Home Improvement - Kirtz Shutters

5 Easy steps to be a part of your OWN home improvement team

Strangers are coming in and out of your home. You see a worker with a jackhammer and have a slight panic attack because you don’t remember authorizing demolition with your improvements. Searching for the person in charge of your project only to realize they are M.I.A. Not knowing what each day entails. Feeling out of the loop on your own vision and ideas. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Any home improvement is a time consuming, expensive, and sometimes a stressful time in life. Whether it is out of necessity or choice, remodeling is tough! Custom window coverings can be one of the easiest steps in your project with our team of experts on your side.
Let me walk you through a step by step guide on how we handle all of our new clients:

Step 1: Give us a call with a general idea of what you are looking for, how many windows we will be covering, and a color scheme. We can talk numbers and then get to the hands on part.

Step 2: We schedule a walk through of your home at your convenience to take measurements and brainstorm on the best way to bring your vision to life. If you aren’t sure what style to go with, we have tons of real client photos to get perspective from, and our owners have even actually brought people into their home to view their shutters to spark our clients creativity. Do you need to color match what you already have? No problem! Have odd shaped windows? No sweat! All of our shutters are custom made to fit the exact shape, size, and color needed.

Step 3: Once you submit your order, we will send color samples so you can compare them at your home in different lighting and rooms so you can feel absolutely confident in your choice. Once all details are approved by you, we will give you an exact date of completion. Do you need your shutters in a hurry? We can always put a rush on the order with no compromise to quality.

Step 4: If you live close by and would like to see exactly how your shutters will be made, we will always invite you to come view our facility. Each shutter is inspected after every station and believe me, they require perfection.

Step 5: Once your shutters are built, painted, and inspected, it’s time for installation. Once again, at your convenience we will schedule a date and time to professionally install your new window coverings!
Notice how each and every step involves you? Because it is your vision, it’s your project. We are just on your team, to help make the process a little bit easier, a little less stressful and turn your vision into a completed project.

Custom RV Shutters

Custom RV Shutters!

With RV living becoming a fast growing trend, make your RV more like home with Custom RV Shutters!

Over the last few years we have seen a growing number of requests for custom shutters for RV’s. If you have spent any time in an RV recently you will recognize that even though its a home on wheels, it just doesn’t feel quite like home until you’ve done something to make it feel like home. For example, adding custom window treatments. When an RV feels like home, any adventure can be outside your front door! From talking with others who live full time in an RV, they all talk about the personalization of their home. Without making a house a home, it just feels like you’re constantly living in a hotel. This has caused many full time RV families to throw in the towel. When you make the RV your home it completely changes the mood and feeling in such an amazing way.

One major thing to consider when adding your custom additions is to think “functionality first”! If your custom addition takes up too much space and/or provides little to no function to the home you may end up regretting your flair down the road. RV living has several stark differences to living in a traditional dwelling with usable space being the most noticeable one. Another one is learning the different dynamics of heating and cooling. This is where function can find a perfect harmony with custom flair and personalization. Having window shutters installed in a traditional house can help with energy costs and its no different for RV’s! If you are looking to add class and quality to your RV, nothing does the job quite better than custom shutters. As you can see from the pictures in this article, they add such a “right at home” feel. So now that you’re interested, how does this all work to inquire? It’s simple really.

If you are interested in adding custom RV shutters here’s the process. 

  1. Give us a call and we’ll walk you through how to get the measurements needed to give you a quote. It’s so easy we can give you step by step instructions over the phone.
  2. After getting the measurements we’ll give you a price to work with. If we have a deal we’ll get the order placed and start making your order.
  3. When the order is complete we have 2 options for installation. 
    1. You can drive by our factory in Stillwater Oklahoma and we can install them typically in one day for you. (We recommend this option for the best quality outcome)
    2. If you can’t make it by we understand. We can ship the finished product to you for installation, but know that since we were not there to take the measurements and make adjustments in person for any error that needs corrected you may not get the desired outcome. If you can make the drive we promise to make it worth the trip with the quality installation only we can guarantee.  

It’s really that simple! We hope to hear from you soon with ideas for you custom RV shutter project!

 

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Happy Custom Shutter Clients-5 Star Reviews

Happy Custom Shutter Clients!

We are so grateful of our happy custom shutter clients! Here are just a few reviews on Google, Facebook and other review sites:

5 Star Custom Shutter Review on Google From Shelly M.

#ClassicStyle! Kirtz Shutters installed custom plantation shutters in my 2018 Tiffin Motorhome & I LOVE them!!!! They are absolutely beautiful and they were meticulous with their installation, making sure they were a perfect fit. I hadn’t really seen wood plantation shutters in an RV and was a little nervous about it, worried they might be bulky or noisy. But now that they are in, they are gorgeous! They are thinner and less bulky than the window treatment that came standard in our RV. And as for noise when your on the road…. silent! Not a sound!(I sorta expected some chattering, but there was none!)
Everyone we dealt with was very professional and wonderful to work with.
If your looking for a beautiful way to update the old school, 90’s RV valance style window treatments that RV dealers, for some reason, Rv dealers continue to put in, I would absolutely recommend Custom Plantation Shutters from Kirtz Shutters!

5 Star Custom Shutter Review on Google From Anita H.

I have my whole house in Kurtz shutters. I love them. They keep the light out when needed and also shield the noise out. My house looks clean and neat without all the heavy drapes. They clean so easily also. This family run company has not only made custom shutters for my house but also for our sons home. Thank you Chris and family for a wonderful shutter.

5 Star Custom Shutter Review on Houzz From Rick and Betty

My wife and I have had two homes in Tulsa with complete custom plantation shutters throughout the house. Absolutely the best quality and great reps and installers. A few years ago we had them add planation shutters to our lake home on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. They matched the wood trim perfectly and we have had many friends comment on how great they look. When anything goes wrong they fix it right away

5 Star Custom Shutter Review on Facebook From Kim D.

The craftsmanship and quality of the shutter we ordered was amazing – I highly recommend Kirtz Shutters for anyone who is looking to have a beautiful shutter. The service we received from Chris Tietz from start to finish was also amazing! Thank you for providing us with such a quality shutter, we really love it!

5 Star Custom Shutter Review on Facebook From Christine H.

Everyone we worked with from Kirtz was amazing – especially Drew. He worked closely with us from start to finish – even replacing a few louvers that had minor flaws (OCD accommodating!) at no extra charge. Our shutters look stunning and are an investment we are so glad we made in our home. I would highly recommend this fantastic family-owned company to anyone looking for window treatment options!

If you would like to have a success story like one of these when it comes to your custom shutter project, give us a call! 

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Kirtz In The News July 2018

Kirtz In The News July 2018

Kirtz In The News! 

Here’s some of the article shared on NewsOK.com. Click the link at the bottom for the full article!

Stillwater company makes an open, shut case for shutter business success Star quality

Film director and actor Woody Allen is a client, and so are former basketball star Larry Bird, country singer Clint Black, actress Katie Holmes and movie star Julie Andrews.
But to Stillwater business owner Chris Tietz, customers closer to home are the reason his custom-made shutter company, The Shutter Mill Inc. and its Kirtz Shutters brand, is going strong.

“The bulk of our business is Oklahomans,” Tietz said. “That’s my focus.”

Still, interior window shutters handcrafted from domestic and exotic hardwoods produced in his manufacturing facility on N Perkins Road are found in homes across the country and a handful of other countries.

“We’ve probably sold shutters in about every state,” he said, thanks to dealers scattered around the country and from a stylish Web site. And it is recommendations from those dealers that have put his often elaborately shaped shutters into the homes of those in the entertainment and sports world.

“The quality is why the big names have used us,” Tietz said. “But we work for a lot of people who live in more modest homes but who just want the best.”

Background to business
Tietz, who grew up in Payne County, began a carpentry career right out of high school. After working for home builders, he built his first shutters in 1987 from a home workshop with a former business partner.
“We made those first shutters without really knowing what we were doing,” he said, but the pair decided to start showing samples to home builders and then display them at trade shows.

The business grew quickly, he said, and by 1991 the company relocated from its original Stillwater space into the old Cimarron Ballroom. Tietz has more recently invested about $500,000 to add more than 11,000 square feet to accommodate production. About 50 employees assemble Kirtz shutters in a 33,000-square-foot space softened by a fine film of sawdust.

Tietz maintains an onsite repair shop for assembly tools, and leftover wood shavings are bagged and sold to Remington Park for horse bedding.

After the humblest of beginnings, “It all just mushroomed,” he said.

How shutters are produced
Three tractor-trailer loads of wood arrive at his facility each month, and from a storage area the various wood species wind their way through a production process that is detailed in a computer print-out, Tietz said. “It shows each worker in each department what size to cut the components.”
Shutters make their way through eight different areas, some featuring machines Tietz and his team designed and built themselves. “With someone in each station, we can produce a shutter in 32 minutes,” he said.

The company stocks eight different species of wood, but relies on many more to fill orders. “We have made shutters out of 80 different species of wood,” he said, including lesser known exotics such as bubinga, padauk, zebrawood, purpleheart and wormy chestnut.

Home decor trends spur interest in more unusual woods, and right now an “Old World” trend toward things appearing to be old even though they are new is driving an interest in wood with knots and splits on the finished product that gives it a unique look. Reclaimed wormy chestnut, taken from old barns and buildings in Virginia and West Virginia “is one of the most expensive woods we buy,” Tietz said.

Lifestyle trends also have consumers favoring shutters with wider louvers for better light and an improved view, and more wood stains instead of painted finishes, he said.

Tietz maintains his shutters can be made wider and taller than competitors because the hardwoods he uses are stronger and de…Click Here to finish reading. (By DEBBIE BLOSSOM)

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Half Circle Windows?

I have awesome floor to ceiling windows, but whats with the half circle at the top? What options do I have?

Half Circle Windows?

Half Circle Windows, or Round Top Windows were very popular in the US 20-25 years ago. They are a great touch to any room with tall ceilings and in entry halls. Many times a person will move into a home with round top windows, and find that there are no blinds! These are cool windows, but the sunlight is too much. 

If the previous homeowner took the blinds with them, there are options. There are some different blind options for these type of windows. A basic design is a type of blind that resembles an old hand fan. These are great for minimizing sunlight, are a more cost effective option and come in a variety of materials and colors. 

Another option are the Sunburst Shutters, custom from Kirtz Shutters. This amazing design is perfect for Half Circle Windows. Not only will it be a custom fit for your particular window, but it is also fully functional as well. The curved rod on the Kirtz Sunburst Shutter allows all of the louvers to move together in unison. As with all of Kirtz Shutters, they are completely custom from the design to the color!

If you are wondering about this, and other custom shutters, reach out to the folks at Kirtz Shutters, the best in Oklahoma!