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Plantation Shutters in Modern Design

This project is one of my favorites, as it show how versatile plantation shutters can be.  They are right at home in this distinctly modern interior.   The design work was done by David Smith Ltd, a firm based out of Chicago.    I love working with these men– they are detail oriented and precise in the vision they have for their clients.

In this space…

3 1/2″ louvers were used to maximize the view, as this is a lakefront property.

Built out of white oak, Kirtz hardwood shutters were custom stained to match the hardwood flooring in the home.

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A Case Study in Customization of Kirtz Plantation Shutters

Yesterday we finished a plantation shutter installation at a new branch of SNB, a local bank, with national presence.     Just like many of our jobs, this was a “one off” of Kirtz custom shutters.   Let me explain, with some photos to help.

Designer Request:

Make each window opening appear as one seamless unit, and provide a finished casing around the opening. Build the custom shutters out of oak and custom stain them to match the flooring.

Sounds simple, right?

The Challenge

When the windows arrived from the manufacturer the transom portion that seamed to the lower window did not line up uniformly.  This is because both outside and inside jambs of the upper unit were different widths than the jambs of the lower unit.

The Solution

Kirtz mounted the oak shutter and frame inside the window jamb with custom width framing around each unit.  This allowed us to align the stiles (vertical part of the shutter) so that each shutter panel is the same width and provides a continuitous vertical line.

One issue solved, one to go…….

The Challenge

Standard work of applying casing onto a frame at the factory would not provide a cased look to the opening since this opening had to be installed as four separate shutter units due to the window jamb issues mentioned above.

The Solution

Custom width casing was milled to be applied in the field around the entire window unit.  These trim pieces not only surround the outside of the opening, but run along all vertical and horizontal window mullions to provide a uniform cased appearance, eliminating any hint of the window’s irregularity.

The windows before hardwood shutters

The windows before hardwood shutters

This illustrates the different jamb widths of the window pre-shutter installation

This illustrates the different jamb widths of the window pre-shutter installation

This close up illustrates how we unified the upper and lower units to look cohesive

This close up illustrates how we unified the upper and lower units to look cohesive

Thefinished unit

Thefinished unit

Plantation Shutters for Sunrooms

Sunrooms are great, but in many parts of the country they are down right unbearable during the intense summer and winter months.

Have you ever thought about Plantation Shutters for your sunroom?

Plantation Shutters will:

  • Add greater energy efficency, saving you money
  • Allow greater control of intense sunlight that can fade furnishings
  • Add beauty and charm to your sunroom

In order to maximize the original purpose of the room (openness to the outside) there are a few design tips to keep in mind.

  • Order a large louver size (the larger the better)
  • Consider adding hidden tilt, to keep the least amount of obstruction to your view
  • Order your shutter panels as large as is reasonable with your window configuration.  This will minize the presence of too many stiles (vertical piece of the shutter) taking up more space than necessary.  Kirtz will build custom shutters with warranty up to 38″ wide.  We’ve often successfully built larger than 38″ wide panels, consult a sales rep for more details if you are interested.

Customization for Your Needs

The standard plantation shutter in a sunroom is typically set in a frame, and the shutter panel is hinged to the frame.

Another option is to place your shutters on a sliding track.  The benefit of this configuration is that one shutter panel will slide over another, fully opening up 1/2 of the window without swinging into the room.   This makes furniture placement much easier.  However, determining if this application will work for your sunroom is important, as a slider shutter frame is typically 5 1/2″ deep, compared to a standard shutter frame that is only 2- 2 1/2″ deep.

sunroom before shutters

sunroom before shutters

plantation shutter panels closed, louver open

plantation shutter panels closed, louver open

shutter panels slid open, louvers closed

shutter panels slid open, louvers closed

Kirtz Plantation Shutters with VERTICAL LOUVERS

This job was running through our finish department and I just had to share!  We’ve never done ANYTHING like it before.  It is two plantation shutter panels meant to install with the 5 1/2″ louvers running vertically (two firsts for us!).  These panels are massive with 2 panels 62″ high x 84″ .   They will sit side by side in a wood opening and will be doweled together on-site during installation.   Did I mention they are a custom stained red oak?

These go in a funeral home, and the idea is to offer privacy for the family, but still allow them to see out into the chapel where the service is held.    We used a hidden tilt bar so that there are no interruptions in the sight line for the family.  Notice the two bottom pics.  The louvers are set partially open. Notice how one side offers visibility while the other angle privacy?

More photos showing how these look in the room setting will be added once they are installed.

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