This post addresses one of the more complicated installations of shutters in rooms with wainscoting, since the wainscoting and chair rail actually wrap into the window jamb itself. Although a gorgeous look overall, this millwork package does nothing to compliment most inside mount window treatment installation.
How did we arrive at shutters, and could we have done other window treatments?
If we were to do, for instance, a wood blind or honyecomb in this window we would have the option of ordering the blind with a cut on each side so that it woudld fit around the trim work in the lower area, and be the correct width above the paneling too. Most all other hard treatments would have to be ordered to the narrower width in between the paneling and would be unsightly when lowered. Not to mention that the arch portion of the window would still be exposed. There would be so many limitations to the fit of the finished product te homeowner would have ordered a custom product, but not had a very custom looking finish.
Drapery might look nice here, perhaps on medallions, but as light control was an issue in the office, is still not the most functional option.
So back to the fit! The customer chose a decorative z frame that we call a CZ. The CZ frame is gorgeous, but necessitates modifation for both the face sider of thethe paneling and the part that wraps into the window.
Here is how we did it:
- Kirtz undersized the shutter unit by the thickness of the paneling (3/4″) on each side.
- We then made filler strips that would install above the wainscotting, in effect bringing the jamb of the window in on both sides 3/4″ and providing a uniform look from the streetside (no unsightly gaps when you are walking up to the house).
- Next, we handled the front(or flange of the frame) the same way, making filler strips to install above the wainscotting. You can see the seam of the filler strips in this close up. It was important to send filler loose so that it could be cut to fit nice and snug on site as this seam would be highly visible.
- Once onsight the chair rail was shortened by our installers to where it finishes nicely right at the finish of our shutter frame.
Pretty gorgeous finished work, and most importantly it looks like the shutters was part of the original plan!
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