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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!

 

Problems with mini blinds

What is a typical make ready step maintenance staff performs when turning an apartment? Replacing the blinds! In this article we will discuss some of the problems with mini blinds, and alternative options.

Problems with mini blinds

Mini blinds were designed with the DIY in mind. They are relatively easy to install, and are a cost effective solution. However, you do get what you pay for in the end, and mini blinds aren’t without their drawbacks.

  • Durability – If you have children, or have seen children with mini blinds, you can imagine! Mini blind slats are quite flimsy, and can be pulled out of place easily. If a slat is bent, it will likely have a permanent crease. Another issue is that the cord can become easily tangled.  Also, if you have pets that like to chew on things, mini blinds make a great chew toy!
  • Cleaning – Constant cleaning is another one of the problems. If dusting is your dream, it will come true if you have mini blinds. They are notorious for collecting dust. Depending on the types of foods you cook, or if someone is a smoker, this could cause discoloration, staining and grease build up.
  • Options – Among these other problems, when it comes to selection, your options are limited. If you have a room with a custom color, it may be difficult to find mini blinds in the color that you need. It’s almost as if you need to pick blinds first, the design the room around that!

However, custom wooden shutters built specifically for your windows, is the best way to go. They do everything mini blinds can do and more. Plus, they’re way more durable. Cleaning is a breeze and the list of options increases dramatically!  Reach out to  the folks a Kirtz Shutters, they are pros at what they do!

plantation shutter

No to Plantation Shutters? Try Wood Blinds!

Wood Blinds: If plantation shutters don’t work for you. 

Plantation shutters are a great choice for most styles of home. They blend in easily and have a timeless look to them. But not every style or budget has room for plantation shutters. Luckily, if plantation shutters don’t work you don’t have to resort to drapes or bare windows to get by. In fact, in addition to fabulous Kirtz® plantation shutters we also have options for a full range of beautiful, real wood blinds. These blinds can naturally complement to many styles and budgets. 

It’s the American way to have options right? Out woods blinds make it possible for you to have a variety of styles. You can choose to have your real wood blinds painted, stained, or crafted with one of our specialty finishes. There are a rainbow of colors and design opportunities abound so making wood blinds should be just an unique an experience as custom ordering our plantation shutters. 

The best part about wood blinds is that they last. Unlike plastic blinds, wood slats won’t bend in the middle if someone decides to tug on them. Wood blinds will outlast any department store blinds by a large margin. The slats are also completely adjustable, making it possible for to keep the blinds closed for ultimate privacy, slightly open to let just enough light in, or totally open to see everything outside. 

Depending on what color you choose, wood blinds can add warmth to the room you hang them up in or add subtle, quaint charm. So, if plantation shutters just aren’t your thing, consider instead installing wood blinds. We’d be happy to help you decide what design will look and function best for your home project. When your ready to get started, give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455 today!