A Case Study in Customization of Kirtz Plantation Shutters

Yesterday we finished a plantation shutter installation at a new branch of SNB, a local bank, with national presence.     Just like many of our jobs, this was a “one off” of Kirtz custom shutters.   Let me explain, with some photos to help.

Designer Request:

Make each window opening appear as one seamless unit, and provide a finished casing around the opening. Build the custom shutters out of oak and custom stain them to match the flooring.

Sounds simple, right?

The Challenge

When the windows arrived from the manufacturer the transom portion that seamed to the lower window did not line up uniformly.  This is because both outside and inside jambs of the upper unit were different widths than the jambs of the lower unit.

The Solution

Kirtz mounted the oak shutter and frame inside the window jamb with custom width framing around each unit.  This allowed us to align the stiles (vertical part of the shutter) so that each shutter panel is the same width and provides a continuitous vertical line.

One issue solved, one to go…….

The Challenge

Standard work of applying casing onto a frame at the factory would not provide a cased look to the opening since this opening had to be installed as four separate shutter units due to the window jamb issues mentioned above.

The Solution

Custom width casing was milled to be applied in the field around the entire window unit.  These trim pieces not only surround the outside of the opening, but run along all vertical and horizontal window mullions to provide a uniform cased appearance, eliminating any hint of the window’s irregularity.

The windows before hardwood shutters

The windows before hardwood shutters

This illustrates the different jamb widths of the window pre-shutter installation

This illustrates the different jamb widths of the window pre-shutter installation

This close up illustrates how we unified the upper and lower units to look cohesive

This close up illustrates how we unified the upper and lower units to look cohesive

Thefinished unit

Thefinished unit

Triangle Windows (aka rake windows) and Plantation Shutters

Architectural Shaped windows such as triangles, arch tops, ovals, circles and hexagons all present many challenges when choosing a window covering.

This blog is focusing on triangle shaped, or Rake Top window openings.

Plantation Shutters are a great choice for Rake Windows for several reasons

  1. You can treat the entire opening, not just the rectangle portion, thus allowing greater privacy and light control
  2. They are one of the only window treatments that once installed into the shape that are functional instead of fixed, allowing you to control the light that enters the room.
  3. Every type of triangle is possible.  Unlike other window coverings, shutters have no restrictions  on width, height or degree of angle, making even the most challenging of window possible.

Just as your window is an architectural statement for your home, the window treatment you choose should complement and enhance it.  If you choose shutters (which I hope you will) be sure that the company you choose makes all the louvers movable in rake tops with horizontal louvers.  See my earlier post about arch top windows for more info on that subject and why it matters.  If you order a burst shape, be certain that the center hub is in proportion to the size of your window so that your finished product looks like a custom piece of millwork that belongs in your beautiful window.

Custom Shutters from Kirtz Shutters do just that.  The photos below are  a couple examples of homes that used Kirtz Shutters to compliment their triangle shaped windows.
rake shaped windows before plantation shutters

rake shaped windows before plantation shutterspartially open rake top shutters

Knotty Pine Shutters by Kirtz Shutters, Triangle (rake) shaped shuttters

Knotty Pine Shutters by Kirtz Shutters, Triangle (rake) shaped shuttters

A gothic arch show the burst concept for triangle shaped windows

A gothic arch show the burst concept for triangle shaped windows

Walnut Plantation Shutters in Commercial Spaces

This post is about a very special project for Kirtz Shutters.    We just completed installation of walnut shutters for Coach Gundy’s office, the head football coach of Oklahoma State University. Go Pokes!

Our company is composed of many individuals who “bleed orange”, no one more so than our owner, Chris.  So needless to say, we felt privileged to have the opportunity to work on this project.

But lets talk about the shutters, there are a few unique charecteristics to note about this project.

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Plantation Shutters for Sunrooms

Sunrooms are great, but in many parts of the country they are down right unbearable during the intense summer and winter months.

Have you ever thought about Plantation Shutters for your sunroom?

Plantation Shutters will:

  • Add greater energy efficency, saving you money
  • Allow greater control of intense sunlight that can fade furnishings
  • Add beauty and charm to your sunroom

In order to maximize the original purpose of the room (openness to the outside) there are a few design tips to keep in mind.

  • Order a large louver size (the larger the better)
  • Consider adding hidden tilt, to keep the least amount of obstruction to your view
  • Order your shutter panels as large as is reasonable with your window configuration.  This will minize the presence of too many stiles (vertical piece of the shutter) taking up more space than necessary.  Kirtz will build custom shutters with warranty up to 38″ wide.  We’ve often successfully built larger than 38″ wide panels, consult a sales rep for more details if you are interested.

Customization for Your Needs

The standard plantation shutter in a sunroom is typically set in a frame, and the shutter panel is hinged to the frame.

Another option is to place your shutters on a sliding track.  The benefit of this configuration is that one shutter panel will slide over another, fully opening up 1/2 of the window without swinging into the room.   This makes furniture placement much easier.  However, determining if this application will work for your sunroom is important, as a slider shutter frame is typically 5 1/2″ deep, compared to a standard shutter frame that is only 2- 2 1/2″ deep.

sunroom before shutters

sunroom before shutters

plantation shutter panels closed, louver open

plantation shutter panels closed, louver open

shutter panels slid open, louvers closed

shutter panels slid open, louvers closed

Plantation Shutters on French Doors

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Many people are at a loss with how to do window treatments  on doors, especially when a lever handle is involved and it is in a high traffic area.

Lets look at some common window treatment solutions for these doors.  Our in- home sales division (in OK and KS)  has put all these products on doors for customers,  so the basis for this blog is our experience.

Wood blinds-  Many blind manufacturers solution is to do a cut out of the blind slats around the handle, thus preventing the slats hitting the handle when they are opened and closed.  The drawbacks of this solution, is that is does not offer as much privacy as many homeowners desire and clearance is still an issue when raising or lowering the blind.   Another option is to order a very small slat so that the blind fits behind the handle.    This can be a good solution, but small size slats are only offered in certain product lines, so your options are a bit more limited.  Also,   if you want the larger slats for other windows in the room,  it breaks the flow a bit.

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