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Plantation Shutters For Very Large Windows

Kirtz® Plantation Shutters Truly Are Custom

Do your large uncovered windows make you feel awkward? Do you worry about your privacy being invaded by outside onlookers? It may be one of the most overwhelming feelings for a homeowner with oversized windows to decide how they’re going to furnish them. If you have considered plantation shutters, but you didn’t think it was possible due to the very large size of your windows then look no further.

Impossibility is not in the vocabulary for a Kirtz® artisan. Our team is passionate about working with beautiful woods and take great pride in knowing these shutters will be enjoyed and appreciated by our customers for many years to come. When it comes to Kirtz® Shutters craftsmanship we have a multitude of wood plantation shutters to choose from which can be custom fit to any size window.

In fact, tall windows are a challenge we love to take on. The photo pictured above is a special project that had us measuring out plantation shutters that span over 8 feet wide and 16 feet in height. The fabulous part about plantation shutters is that if you want to preserve your wonderful view it’s not a problem.

The elliptical louvers on a Kirtz® shutter are ½ inch thick at the center and overlap a full ½ inch providing superior light control. Another benefit to having the elliptical louvers crafted as they are is having control over temperature by actually providing a bit of insulation or air flow control along with the light control.

If you have the largest windows you’ve ever seen and you want plantation shutters, it’s seriously not a problem! Just know that no project is too big for Kirtz® and we’d love to help you with the finer details of choosing the right wood and the finishing color for plantation shutters in any or every room in the house.

If you have a custom window project, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-416-6455.

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Plantation Shutters That Take Stain Easily

The Best Plantation Shutters For Quick Staining

The truth about 85% of people is that they like variety. Whether it’s what to do over the weekend, the temperature in their home, or which elements to incorporate in their home’s interior design. For those that change their furniture or simple décor often, plantation shutters are one such element that can offer the stability of something in the room that doesn’t need to be removed, yet variable enough that they can match many styles. Staining is a technique that can be applied to any of our wooden shutters, but there are some woods that accept the stain more easily.

The top 5 shutters that take stain easily are:

  • Knotty Alder Plantation Shutters: A benefit of this hardwood is that it has no problems with sap or mineral streaks allowing it to have an even, uniform appearance in grain and color.
  • Ash Plantation Shutters: This wood can be made to blend with other woods, such as oak, by simply tweaking the stain. This is best achieved when using a medium to dark color, so that the natural pigments of the two woods don’t interfere with the finish.
  • Knotty Pine (Eastern White Pine) Plantation Shutters: This wood absorbs the stain easily, most often using a light stain color to highlight the knots and the warmth of the wood.
  • Mahogany Plantation Shutters: This wood not only accepts stain well, but when it does it has a lustrous quality. Dark, rich browns with red undertones are the most common complement to the natural beauty of this wood.
  • Wormy Chestnut Plantation Shutters: Wormy Chestnut does well with a simple, light stain to show off its beauty. A tobacco color, for example, nicely accents the wood’s unique characteristics.

If different, in a good way, is what you’re looking for to dress your windows then look no further than Kirtz® Shutters. We have something to suit every window design and every homeowner’s style. Not only do we make the plantation shutters custom to your home’s windows, but we can also make changes to the natural color of any wood you choose simply by staining! If you have a custom project in mind give us a call at 1-800-416-6455.

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Are Plantation Shutters Suitable For Bathrooms?

Will Plantation Shutters Withstand Bathroom Steam?

Being a home builder gives you the power to make decisions on which design elements will look best in certain parts of the home. You may have thought about choosing plantation shutters for your bathroom window treatments, but stopped to question if real wood would fare well. In case you’ve found yourself stuck in the predicament, we’re going to clear the air and explain just why Kirtz® plantation shutter designs will function wonderfully in a bathroom.

You may fear that real wood is a challenge to work with due to the steam created in a bathroom. Our designers have thought about the craftsmanship aspects necessary to create a plantation shutter with specifications appropriate for an environment such as a bathroom. More specifically, the stiles within our plantation shutters are a full 1 ¼ inch thick. The one hundred percent hardwood construction makes our stiles remarkably strong and extremely warp resistant.

Many of our customers have opted to put plantation shutters in their bathrooms for an elegant, vintage feel. There’s just something rather shabby-chic about having shutters in the bathroom. Many homeowners love lounging in the tub and letting the light stream in ever so gently while keeping prying eyes out.

Being a home builder and putting every last detail into place can be so exciting and nerve racking, too. You have to get everything move-in ready from the crown molding, to the base boards, and even the window treatments. Those final touches make your project feel complete when you know you’ve made the right decisions. We sure hope you’ll find that our shutters are the right choice for your next project.

If you’re hoping to add shutters to your bathroom windows, let us help you with the craftsmanship and installation process. You can contact our team at Kirtz® by calling 1-800-416-6455.

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Top Reasons To Install Plantation Shutters: Part 2

4 Reasons To Consider Plantation Shutters

There are many significant reasons to choose plantation shutters over drapes or mini-blinds. In part one of this series we talked about 4 of those reasons. Aside from the fact that Kirtz® has an obsession with pursuing perfection in every handcrafted shutter, we have a few more compelling reasons you should consider plantation shutters for your next window treatment design.

1.) They allow ventilation.
When you want to let the fresh air inside and maintain your privacy at the same time, plantation shutters do the trick. Not only can you adjust the louvers for maximum privacy and control the light coming in, but you can also open up the windows to let the air flow in for maximum ventilation. As an added bonus, you don’t have to listen to the rattling of mini-blinds due to the air flow as the louvers don’t move in the wind!

2.) They are a safer option.
Shutters don’t have dangling cords or strings that your children can get tangled up in. This makes them a safer alternative than blinds or drapes for families with small children and babies.

3.) They add home value.
If the home you build has plantation shutters installed it brings added value to the home in that the re-sale value increases. These lovely shutters are appealing to new home buyers and they may certainly help your home sell quicker.

4.) They are aesthetically pleasing. 
Simply put, plantation shutters are beautiful. They also come in a variety of sizes and finishes as well as mounting options. As an interior design choice, you can’t go wrong by selecting real wood shutters! What’s more fabulous is that they never go out of style.

If you don’t need another second to decide that plantation shutters are right for your next home project, feel free to give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455!

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Top Reasons To Install Plantation Shutters: Part 1

4 Reasons To Consider Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters can offer a custom look to any home. This is especially true of a Kirtz® shutter that is handcrafted from only the finest domestic and exotic hardwoods. If you cannot decide which window dressings to apply in your newly built home we’re here to help. Today, we’re going to list 4 reasons you should consider plantation shutters for your primary window treatments.

1.) They are durable.
Custom plantation shutters are built to last a long time. Kirtz® shutters are real wood, with solid louvers. They are not the cheaper alternative vinyl shutters with hollow louvers. If you calculate the one time cost of your shutters versus the purchasing of other window treatments then you may find that they are less expensive than having to replace window coverings such as drapes or mini-blinds every few years. 

2.) They offer privacy.
Plantation shutters are easily adjustable to let the light stream in, but they also keep prying eyes out. This allows you to maintain your privacy as well as allowing natural light to enter. If you angle the louvers just so, you can even see out, but others won’t be able to see in.

3.) They are energy savers. 
Of course, letting light in is ideal at times, but shutters are also a wonderful choice for insulating your windows. Your energy bills will be lower during the times you choose to keep the warm sunlight out during the summer. In the winter, the shutters also provide an added layer of insulation to keep the cold out.

4.) They are easy to clean. 
Simply put, plantation shutters are easily cleaned by using a lint-free cloth, microfiber cloth, or duster from time to time to wipe off the grime. You don’t even need to take them down in order to clean them, just open the louvers and wipe them down.

If you don’t need another second to decide that plantation shutters are right for your next home project, feel free to give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455!