You plantation shutters can be as unique as you. Take a look at the many styles available through Kirtz.

Rustic Shutters a Good Fit for Log Homes

Homeowners who choose to build or buy log homes have one thing in common.  A love for wood!  Naturally, custom shutters are a great fit for log homes.

Plantation Shutters by Kirtz Shutters can be made from rustic woods such as knotty pine, knotty alder, western red cedar, cypress or reclaimed wormy chestnut.

Since all Kirtz Shutters are custom built to order, a homeowner can choose the wood that best compliments  his/her scheme and have Kirtz custom match the finish used in the home, or even match the flooring!

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Bahama Exterior Shutters by Kirtz

Although Kirtz Shutters are primarily interior, at a special request for a previous customer, we recently built Bahama style exterior wood shutters.

There are a wide variety of Bahama style shutters available today.   Solid construction methods and quality raw materials are important to get the longest life out of your shutters.

The Materials

To start with we used cypress wood.  Cypress is a great choice for exterior projects.  Cypress generates cypressine, which is its own preservative oil.  This makes it naturally resistant to insects, decay and other damaging elements.  All components were made of solid pieces, including the stiles.

The Construction

In a traditional shutter, louvers are held into place with pins.  These pins allow the louvers to pivot open and closed.  A Bahama style shutter has fixed louvers, and no tilt bar.   To hold the louvers in place we cut a tenon in the stile to receive the louver.  Then the louver is then slid into the stile 1/4″ deep on each side.  Next, the stile and rail are doweled and secured with exterior glue.  A screw is inserted in between the two dowels for extra strength and the hole is filled.

To finish, the shutters were coated with a marine grade exterior quality sealer so that they are further protected.

The Installation

Installed with traditional Bahama style hinges and adjustable arms, these exterior shutter provide both beauty and protection.

Bahama shutters provide more visibilty when open, by Kirtz Shutters

Bahama shutters provide more visibilty when open, by Kirtz Shutters

Bahama hardware allow these custom shutters to tilt out

Bahama hardware allow these custom shutters to tilt out

bahama shutter block western sun, offer privacy on this deck

bahama shutter block western sun, offer privacy on this deck

Close up of fixed louvers for bahama shutters

Close up of fixed louvers for bahama shutters

Cafe Doors

We have produced a variety of cafe doors for both public and private use.   Interested in cafe doors?   Consider the following when designing your doors.

Fixed louvers– typically, all cafe door louvers are fixed.  The purpose of these doors is to obscure the view from one area into another and provide easy access, making fixed louvers a natural.  If you prefer the look of a tilt rod, it can be ordered as such.  You may want to tighten the louver tension so that the louvers are not moved unless that is your intention.

Design– the top of the cafe door can be a simple rectangular top, slightly curved or elaborately designed.  See example photos below or submit your own unique design.

Proportion- as with all our custom shutters, cafe doors are built to order.  Depending on the level of privacy you need, cafe doors are usually between 3′-5′ high, possibly higher.    A good rule of thumb is to take your opening height and order your shutters 1/2 to 2/3 the total height.  Also pay attention to where you want them positioned.  Are you taller than average?  You may want to hinge them higher to obstruct your site line.

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Italian Rustic- Tuscan Style Shutters

Tuscan interiors are very popular in the US right now.  A new book, Italian Rustic, written by Elizabeth Minchilli, details a variety of authentic Tuscan homes.    From wall finishes, to flooring, to windows and even shutters, she discusses the construction methods and how you can replicate this look in your home.

On my recent trip to Italy, I was intrigued with the shutters that are so common on the inside and outside of a Tuscan home.   According to Elizabeth, Italians have an intricate system for setting windows and shutters.     Interior shutters, called Scuri’s, are primarily designed to provide darkness.  Notice how in the photo from her book, the shutter itself is designed to fit snugly in the jamb area of the glass with a bit of overlap, insuring maximum darkness when closed.

Interior Tuscan Style Shutters

Interior Tuscan Style Shutters

If you are looking to bring a little Tuscany to your home, consider customizing your plantation shutter to be reminiscent of the style of a Tuscan shutter.   For instance, by adding a raised panel to the bottom of a shutter you can maintain the functionality and light control of a plantation shutter, while attaining the charm associated with a Tuscan home.

Tuscan inspired shutter by Kirtz Shutters

Tuscan inspired shutter by Kirtz Shutters

Choosing rustic materials, such as knotty alder or reclaimed wood for your shutters is another way to incorporate the feeling of age and permanence found in Tuscan farm homes.
Bring your shutter ideas to Kirtz Shutters, and we help you add a little Tuscany to your home.

How to Update Room Finishes with a Plantation Shutter

Although we have many clients moving into new homes, we’ve been seeing more and more clients who are choosing to stay put and update an existing home.  

A challenging update those who remodel face is how to bring in new finish colors that complement the existing mill-work, not compete with it. 

 We help clients accomplish this  with a few different suggestions.

  1. The quickest and easiest way?  Cover it up!  This can be easily done with a custom shutter and its framework mounted on top of the existing casing.   We offer several different frames profiles and clients can choose the one that they like best.
  2. If you are looking to lighten a room with dark mill-work, choose a painted shutter.   We have 18 stock variations of white, or we can custom color match to your favorite swatch.  I suggest staying away from a brilliant, bright white if you have stained wood casings.  Choose a warmer white, with  creamy undertones or even a light tan.  Then it will complement, not fight, your existing colors.
  3. Do you like your mill-work, but want to freshen it up?  Add a new, complementary stain color!  Many of our clients have replaced their flooring as a way to add a new color.  A natural way to continue this flow is by adding custom finished plantation shutters to their windows.  These two grounding elements in a room, windows and floors, and the addition of key accent pieces in a similar finish, will transform a room.

Without a doubt, new custom shutters add style and pizazz.  Whether your goal is to compliment the homes existing mill-work with a custom matched finish on your shutters, or transform it into something fresh and new, Kirtz Shutters can help.   

plantation shutters and eyebrow arch were stained to match wood flooring and other accent pieces in the home

plantation shutters and eyebrow arch were stained to match wood flooring and other accent pieces in the home