Does this sound like familiar? ” We are over budget on the the house. I’m just going with the most affordable shutter I can find. It’s just a shutter right? They are all basically the same.”
Absolutely. Positively. NOT a true statement.
Take a look at these photos that came across my desk today. Now, let me say that I have not been to this home for a personal inspection. However, the homeowner told me the home was built in 06, and at that time they put brand new spankin’ shutters over their brand new windows.
Seven years later, this is how faded the shutters have become. The sun has decayed them so much a complete refinish is in order to get these guys looking good again and if they don’t have that done soon, the wood may become so dry it will never be repairable to its previous state. Ouch! That’s a pretty high “cost of ownership” that under normal circumstances should not have to be preformed this early in the life of the shutter.
At Kirtz we use a sealer with UV inhibitors.
One of my favorite quote’s is that ”the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotton.”
Our dealer in Southold, NY at Wallace Home Design recently sent us these photos of a Kirtz Shutter project he did that had some unique challenges to it.
The customer wanted the openness of a 3 1/2″ louver, but also loved the clean lines of her casing. The window had limited depth, and operable window cranks created obstructions. This made it impossible to mount the shutter flush within her existing window jamb as was her preference.
She was adamant she did not want any projection past her window casing so we devised a unique solution for her windows.
The shutter was built into its own frame (or jamb), then mounted inside the window jamb. This frame allowed us to create the extra projection that was needed for the louvers to operate and the unit to clear all obstructions.
To eliminate the look of any shutter projection beyond the casing, Kirtz Shutters made custom sized casing pieces, that matched the layout of her window casing. These loose casing pieces were then applied onsite by Mike and his crew over the existing casing. The finished result? A look that allows the customer to have the larger louver, hidden tilt rod and simple clean lines she desired.
If you have challenging windows, a unique project, or just wanted a fine quality shutter built and installed with the eye of a craftsman, please contact Kirtz Shutter at 800-416-6455 or use our dealer locator to find a dealer near you.
Occasionally I will hear… “Shutters are too traditional for my space.” Like any good design element, shutters are versatile enough to fit most a variety of interiors.
It comes down to making the correct selections for your final vision of the space when they are ordered. Something an experienced shutter consultant will be sure to help you accomplish.
The project featured below was designed to compliment a craftsman style interior. Clean, crisp lines were in order. To that end the shutters were ordered without the standard tilt rod and boast a hidden tilt instead. The cut out for the doors lever radius was also modified. Instead of our standard rounded cut out, we used a square cut out to better compliment the lines of the home.
The result? A functional treatment that was a compliment to the style of the home.
If you are looking to dress up your window with a practical and gorgeous window treatment, plantation shutters are the way to go… If you want some serious WOW factor, consider adding a KIRTZ Shutter with a cornice top.
These windows started out as a dry wall wrapped window without any trim except a wood window sill and a piece of trim below. This maple shutter with 3 1/2″ louvers has a wide casing style frame on the sides, and for added drama, a cornice top. The cornice is complete with finished returns for a truly custom look.
Can we help take your windows from ordinary to extraordinary? Give us a call at 800-416-6455