What’s happening at Kirtz and where you can find us on the road.

Kirtz Shutters at Wichita Home Builders Show, Feb 4-7 2010

This weekend Kirtz Shutters will be introducing our new remote controlled shutter, TLC, at the home and garden show in Wichita, KS.    A motorized shutter is the perfect solution for hard to reach windows such as those over bathtubs, high windows in rooms with two story ceilings, or any situation where light and heat is best controlled with the touch of a button.

The Wichita Home and Garden show provides an excellent opportunity for homeowners, designers and builders to see the quality of the Kirtz Shutter first hand and visit with our Wichita area sales representative.  In addition to the motorized shutter, Kirtz will display a many hardwood shutters in a variety of shapes, woods and finishes.

Kirtz will be located in the Expo Hall Booth 502/504

The show hours are as follows:

Thursday Feb 4: 1pm-9pm

Friday and Saturday Feb 5,6:  10am-9pm

Sunday Feb 7: 10am-5pm

Being Choosy with Window Treatments Matters

Does it matter where you buy your window treatments??  Absolutely, more than you may realize.   An article posted on MSN revealed many blinds sold at places like Ikea, Pottery Barn Kids, Target, ect. are being recalled due to child deaths and strangulation’s.

You can view the article here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32561933/ns/today-today_home_and_garden/

In my mind, this emphasizes the value of using a professional salesperson when you are choosing window treatments.

Most of us have a lot on our plate today, we don’t have the time to learn the ins and outs of every product we may want or need to purchase.  

Enter the experienced window covering industry professional.   

They provide such a critical service for consumers in terms of education and narrowing down products to options best suited for a homeowners needs. 

In addition to knowledge, they typically represent industry leading brands that base their reputation and existence on long term customer satisfaction.  This includes using manufacturers who make child safety a top concern in the construction of their products. 

Your window covering professional is a business person who likely lives in your community.  They aren’t a divison of a corporate conglomerate, they aren’t  a big box store with an ever changing staff, or a website with an automated customer service line.    

They provide in home service, offer quality products with stringent safety standards,  and  provide you customer service that can’t be beat,  Sounds pretty good, right?  …… Give us a call and decide for yourself!

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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

Kirtz Plantation Shutters in the Wichita Parade of Homes

Come check out Kirtz Plantation Shutters in the Wichita Parade of Homes going on now through May 3rd.  We can be seen in one of the newest premier developments by Ritchtie Development called the Waterfront, located just east of Webb road off 13th Street.  We are in model #1 (also the sales office) in the master bedroom, dining and living area.

Susan Kromer, the fantastic designer who is responsible for this homes design, specified 4 1/2″  louvers with hidden tilt, custom painted to match the trim.  You will be amazed at the view through the shutters, and at what an amazing house it is.  So, check it out!

Tulsa Home Show — Mar 12 thru 15 2009

Shutters of Tulsa, the Kirtz representation in the Tulsa area for many years, will have a booth during the Greater Tulsa Home and Garden Show Mar 12-15  in the Quicktrip Center at Expo Square.  Come by, say hello to Don and see the quality that Kirtz has to offer!