Custom Shutters http://www.customshutters.com Website Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:44:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency With Plantation Shutters http://www.customshutters.com/2017/03/29/increase-your-homes-energy-efficiency-with-plantation-shutters/ http://www.customshutters.com/2017/03/29/increase-your-homes-energy-efficiency-with-plantation-shutters/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:50:44 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=381 Energy efficiency is a term that is used frequently these days. We all want our homes to use the least possible energy and still be comfortable in every season. As homeowners, we are more aware of ways that we can improve our home’s energy efficiency and look for overlooked areas of energy loss. I’m sure you have sat next to a drafty window in the winter, and felt the chill of inefficient weatherization. Or, in the summer, sat next to a window in your favorite reading chair, only to be roasted by the sun streaming in. If you have never considered plantation shutters as a great step in increasing your home’s efficiency, let us show you how significant custom shutters can be in your comfort, efficiency and affordability!

inner3333Stop Drafts in the Winter

Windows can be one of the leakiest areas in the home, and they can be responsible for making you uncomfortable during the winter months. Have you ever watched your curtains or drapes in the winter blowing in the unwanted breeze through your closed windows? Our plantation shutters can stop these drafts, and closing the shutters makes the window area way more efficient. Close your shutters overnight, and block out those cold winds and keep in your warm air. Sure, you could apply plastic to your windows, but who wants to look at plastic covered windows all winter? Plus, with plastic you need to remove it every summer and then reinstall new plastic the next winter. This is not only unattractive, but takes up precious time and money. Our plantation shutters solve this problem by permanently giving you a beautiful solution to keeping your windows draft-free.

Keep Out the Summer Heat

As uncomfortable as drafty windows can be in the winter, the summer can be just as miserable with inefficient windows. The summer sun can be brutal, and will blaze right through a thin curtain. Plantation shutters solve this problem of the summer heat; you can keep them open until the hottest part of the day, and then shut them to keep your home cool. Go ahead and sit in your favorite chair by the window in the summer; when you have your shutters closed you can stay cool and comfortable. Plantation shutters are the solution to the changing seasons, and you are in control of when they are opened or closed. Plus, they are beautiful, classic and elegant!

Save Money!

Being able to stop winter drafts and summer heat inside your home can equate to more money in your pocket! If you are not heading for the thermostat every hour in the winter, or turning on the air conditioning every day in the summer, you will save on your energy bills. Plantation shutters are a great option for lowering your heating and cooling costs, all done stylishly and beautifully.

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Use Fewer Resources!

Everyone wants to have a greener home – one that uses less of our Earth’s precious resources. Along with saving money, reducing the use of your home’s heating and cooling systems will conserve electricity and gas, all while keeping you comfortable. Making a great choice for your home with plantation shutters will also be a great choice for the environment. Save money, conserve resources, and install plantation shutters in your home today!
If your home is feeling drafty in the winter, and like an oven in the summer, plantation shutters on your windows could make a big difference. Contact Custom Shutters today to start planning your perfect shutter design, and see how plantation shutters can make you more comfortable in your home.

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How Shutter Hinges Can Influence Your Design http://www.customshutters.com/2017/03/28/how-shutter-hinges-can-influence-your-design/ http://www.customshutters.com/2017/03/28/how-shutter-hinges-can-influence-your-design/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:51:36 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=376  

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Shuttersbody2The hinge seems like the most boring part of the shutter; does anyone even notice them? The answer is, yes! Hinges are like an accessory for your shutters, and changing the hinge finish can change the look of your custom wood shutters. We offer not only a wide range of shutter styles, but we also offer hinges in white, almond, oil rubbed bronze, antique brass, nickel, bright brass and stainless steel. Read on to see how each of these hinge finishes can complement and highlight your beautiful new shutters.

Highlighting or Hiding

Are you wanting to draw attention to the finish of your hinges, or have them fade away and not be as noticeable? Deciding whether to highlight or camouflage your hinges is the first step in your decision making process. If you have a large wall of bright white shutters, you may want to choose a matching white hinge that will not break up the flow of the shutters. If you choose to add in an antique brass or nickel hinge, the hinges will all become visible and stand out instead of recede. Conversely, on dark wood shutters the oil rubbed bronze is a great choice for a hinge color that will blend in. It is a matter of personal preference whether or not you want your hinges to be the focal point.

Matching Existing Hardware

Shuttersbody1If you are installing shutters into a room that already has a strong finish color in the existing hardware, it is a good idea to match what is already there. If your kitchen has antique brass pulls on the cabinets, an antique brass faucet, and antique brass light fixtures, it would be a good idea to choose antique brass for your hinge color. Creating continuity in the color of your finishes will make the design of your room cohesive and visually pleasing. Maybe installing new shutters will be the push you need to update all of the existing hardware in your room! Choose the color hinge you like best, and be on your way to a beautiful new room!

Modernizing

Design trends are constantly changing, and what is “hot” today might be “not” tomorrow. If you feel that a certain finish color looks outdated, go with what seems modern and exciting to you. Gold finishes have been on the rise, after seeming out of date for many years. Our bright brass may add the touch of modernity your shutters need. Stainless steel has endured for many years as a modern, industrial choice; this also could be the hinge color for you! Whatever color you choose, know that you are purchasing a great product that will make the windows in any room look amazing!

Shuttersr-CTACreating a Feeling

Yes, even your shutter design can instill emotion into a room. If your goal is to have a light, airy vibe, choosing a matching hinge color to your shutters can help the shutters hold less visual weight, and open up the room. For a more formal feeling, dark oil-rubbed brass hinges convey the history and formality that usually are found in older rooms. While you don’t always need to match your hinge color to your shutters, too much clashing can lead to a room that doesn’t feel as peaceful.

 


As you can see, shutter hinges are a small part of your custom wood shutters, but can have a big impact on the overall style and design of your room. Look through our selection of hinges and shutters, and pick the match that speaks to the design of your room. Whatever your choice, you are sure to love your new custom wood shutters!

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Hello world! http://www.customshutters.com/2017/03/24/hello-world/ http://www.customshutters.com/2017/03/24/hello-world/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:41:22 +0000 http://customshutters.divinedigitalagency.com/?p=1 Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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The (Unofficial) Origins of Plantation Shutters http://www.customshutters.com/2016/12/19/the-unofficial-origins-of-plantation-shutters/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/12/19/the-unofficial-origins-of-plantation-shutters/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:28:57 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=366 Due to the quality and superior design of our plantation shutters, you may wonder if we invented the plantation shutter. As flattering as it may be, the experts at Custom Shutters did not invent the plantation shutter, we just perfected the process. Getting a set of plantation shutters from Custom Shutters has never been easier. You simply measure your windows using our comprehensive measuring guide, choose the paint color and hardware, and within a specified timeframe you will have beautiful plantation shutters hanging in your windows.

Beautiful plantation shutters in specialty shapes by Custom ShuttersThe origins of plantation shutters is sketchy at best but, there are caves in Northern France with cave paintings depicting a louvered type object being dropped to the earth from a domed round object. Researchers are not quite sure what the object is, but there has been widespread speculation that it may be a UFO. It is also believed that the window design of a curved arch atop a pair of windows is the result of this mythology. Archaeologists have recently uncovered what they believe to be an ancient plantation shutter manufacturing facility in the famed Egyptian Valley of the Kings. Newly translated hieroglyphics indicate that the pharos and everyday Egyptians alike, prefered plantation shutters for their window coverings. The evidence suggests that, in the time before the pyramids, Nile crocodile skin was dried into slats and mounted in the windows of local homes. The Egyptians dreamstime_xxl_4995767could then regulate light in their homes. It is believed that this revelation inspired a simple, Egyptian baker to invent sliced bread, changing the world forever.

It is unknown exactly when, but the plantation shutter design eventually made its way to Europe during the dark ages. The advanced design of the plantation shutters inspired Leonardo Da Vinci to begin experimenting with physics and inventions, basically beginning the Renaissance period. The age of enlightenment was truly a time of great ideas that continue today. Shutters as window coverings became commonplace in Europe and eventually made their way to the New World. The Spanish brought them to the Southern colonies and from there they spread like wildfire throughout the entire country.  

This is a condensed version of the history of plantation shutters and may not be entirely accurate. What is accurate is the quality of our plantation shutters from Custom Shutters. Please contact us today and bring the classic beauty of plantation shutters into your home. No time like the present!     

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Make Your Home Your Own With Custom Shutters http://www.customshutters.com/2016/12/05/make-your-home-your-own-with-custom-shutters/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/12/05/make-your-home-your-own-with-custom-shutters/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:55:32 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=364 dantoparchesIt could be in the Arizona desert, the Montana mountains or the Florida Keys. Or maybe it is somewhere like downtown Chicago, the East Village in New York City or maybe even West Hollywood. Wherever it is, it is your home. A diverse space that you have made your home. A home can mean a lot of things, and depending on where you are, a home can mean many different things. At Custom Shutters we understand that your home is a reflection of your unique style and taste. Your interior space is part of your identity, it elicits certain feelings and always manages to project a sense of warmth and safety. Nothing projects those feelings like plantation shutters on your windows.

Beautiful plantation shutters in specialty shapes by Custom ShuttersIf you look back over the mid-20th century, style became a very important part of the home. It was then that creating a unique space for yourself became a reality for everyone, not just the wealthy. Things like linoleum and chrome became common in households everywhere and window coverings were primarily drapes or the beginnings of what we know of as horizontal blinds. These blinds are the precursor to what will become a national obsession with the cheap, plastic blinds that sadly, hung from windows all over the country. This is where most of us find ourselves when we buy a home for the first time, staring down a set of cheap, big-box-store blinds.

It is common that the focus of a home be on the hardwood flooring or the cabinets in the kitchen, but window coverings are often overlooked. When making your home into a personal reflection of your style, it is critical to get rid of those cheap plastic horizontal blinds and replace them with a set of plantation shutters from Custom Shutters. Turn your home into the kind of place that is featured in travel magazines; because when have you ever seen cheap, plastic, blinds in travel magazines? The answer is never, unless of course it is historical photos of the living conditions in Soviet Bloc Russia at the height of the cold war.

Hemingway had them, Bogie had them, and even John Wayne watched the sun go down through the iconic louvers of a set of plantation shutters. It is within your reach to have a set of gorgeous, custom-made plantation shutters from Custom Shutters. Be sure and ask us how today and make your home your own.                                    

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Custom Shutters, Made of American Basswood http://www.customshutters.com/2016/11/21/custom-shutters-made-of-american-basswood/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/11/21/custom-shutters-made-of-american-basswood/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:50:51 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=348 customshutters_logo5


The process of creating your custom plantation shutters.What do you know about wood? Ok so that might be a bit of a trick question, it is kind of like asking someone what they know about cars. Almost all of us drive one and have opinions about them, but in reality, most of us do not know how to disassemble an engine. That is generally the way it is with wood. We all know that it looks awesome, it is a classic material with loads of style and it is unique. Unique in the fact that the grain of the wood is never the same when it comes to patterns. That is what gives wood such a warm, inviting quality. At Custom Shutters we exclusively use North American basswood for our plantation shutters.

Real American Wood

dreamstime_xxl_12167556If you are like a lot of consumers, you know that American basswood is just that, a type of wood. What you may not know is that it is the ideal species of wood to build custom shutters with. Why you may ask? The obvious answer is that it is from America and a fully sustainable resource. Our wood is harvested, replanted and does what trees do, gives off oxygen into the atmosphere. The other blinds that are made of plastic smashed together to look like wood, they are not made of sustainable materials, unless you have ever seen a grove of plastic trees. I know there aren’t any in Texas, that’s for sure.

Basswood Rocks

Basswood is characterized by its delicate grain and neutral color, making it the ideal wood to stain or paint. The lighter the wood, the better it takes the stain and the more beautiful the result. Basswood is also a very popular material for making solid-body electric guitars. If it is good enough for Jimi Hendrix it is good enough for us.            

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Plantation Shutters for New Construction http://www.customshutters.com/2016/11/16/plantation-shutters-for-new-construction/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/11/16/plantation-shutters-for-new-construction/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:44:03 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=354 gallery12

So you are on the fence about plantation shutters for your new home build. You have been going back and forth between the mid-1980’s look of horizontal blinds, the mid 90’s look of vertical blinds and the classic timeless beauty of authentic plantation shutters. I guess you can guess which style we prefer. At Custom Shutters we are committed to providing you with the finest quality plantation shutters available. Not that we have anything bad to say about those other blinds, we have been making custom plantation shutters for the past 35 years and have not changed a thing.

Do Not Cut Costs On Your Blinds

leierWhen building a new home, sometimes it is easy to overlook the fact that cutting costs on things like window coverings will eventually come back to bite you. It is ok, things like blinds and plantation shutters are generally the first thing to go when it comes to cutting cost on a new build. The thing to remember is, if you get the best possible window coverings at the beginning, they will last much longer. Installation and matching your plantation shutters to your wants and need is so much easier when you decide during the initial build.  

The Custom Shutter Advantage

Custom Shutters will be proud to paint your plantation shutters to your exact paint color, but what if you haven’t decided on the paint color yet? Simple, we will paint your shutters with a white that can be painted along with the rest of the interior. Deciding on whether or not to choose longer lasting plantation shutters before your finish out the windows, opens up all sorts of options. The trim around your windows can be altered before you order your shutters and everything will appear seamless. If you are building a home and can’t decide which sort of window covering you would like, feel free to browse our gallery for inspiration and please let us know if you have any questions.

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Happy Election Day! http://www.customshutters.com/2016/11/08/happy-election-day/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/11/08/happy-election-day/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:09:22 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=356 dreamstime_xxl_38547156In this time of political turmoil it is important to remember that election day is coming. Now you may or may not be excited about it, but the thing to remember is, it is all about choice. The choice to exercise your right to choose the next leader of this great country, the choice to curl up in a ball in the corner until the election is over and the choice to proudly block out all of the ads. At Custom Shutters we love the fact that you have the freedom of choice. We want to be your choice for custom shutters.

Wake Me When It’s Over

Listen, we get it, this election is wearing on everyone and most of us can’t wait for it to be over. That being said, it is a great time to remember the freedom that we all take for granted. We are proud to make all of our custom shutters in the great state of Texas, of American basswood. What could be more awesome than that? Quality, American-made products, made of American materials by Americans, almost makes you want to cry.

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The best thing that you can do on this election day is consider an upgrade, an upgrade for your window coverings. Upgrade to custom plantation shutters and exercise your freedom of choice. Whether you are looking to upgrade your current cheap, plastic blinds or simply want to create a new look for your home, custom plantation shutters will add a touch of class to any home. The most American thing about Custom Shutters? I have two words for you: Free shipping. You heard it right, free shipping. What could be better than that?

This election day, take the time to finally breathe deep and remember that all of the robocalls and political commercials will stop and if that doesn’t make America a better place I don’t know what will.

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Happy Halloween! http://www.customshutters.com/2016/10/31/happy-halloween/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/10/31/happy-halloween/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:16:09 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=358 dreamstime_xxl_33873590It is Halloween; we tend to think about things a little different this kind of year. Almost everyone loves the weather and the light is really nice in the evening. Speaking of light, wouldn’t your home look spectacular in the waning evening light through a set of custom plantation shutters? Of course they would! And at Custom Shutters we make the finest plantation shutters available. We can match them to any stain or color you wish; add some custom hardware or trim and you have a gorgeous set of shutters, built to your specifications.

Let’s Have Some Fun!

In keeping with the Halloween spirit we thought a bit of fun was in order. We decided to compile a comprehensive list of things that make you shudder. Not shutters… shudders. The small quake that infects one when a slight twinge of fear or disgust is realized. Of course that is not the technical definition, but you get the idea. So here are the things that make people shudder, in no particular order.  

 

  1. photo(3)Pet Selfies: People obsessively taking pictures of themselves is bad enough, add a chihuahua with a snaggle tooth and you have a disaster.
  2. Fruit On Pizza: Admittedly, some people like pineapple on pizza but Marco Polo would not approve.
  3. Leonardo Dicaprio: Love him or hate him the dude has a life that you never will.
  4. Ski Hats In the Summer: Come on man, it’s SUMMER, SUMMER!
  5. Fitness Trackers: Thanks for telling me how little I actually do.
  6. Self-Driving Cars: Much like Leonardo Dicaprio, self-driving cars are something that society is not ready for yet.
  7. Artisan Cheese/Beer/Clothing: The artisan thing is great but haven’t we had enough?   

 

Speaking of shudder (or shutters or wherever we are going with this) do you shudder when you look at your cheap plastic blinds? It’s like Halloween itself threw up on your windows. Get your quote for custom plantation shutters today!

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The Ease of Installation http://www.customshutters.com/2016/10/19/the-ease-of-installation/ http://www.customshutters.com/2016/10/19/the-ease-of-installation/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:02:35 +0000 http://www.customshutters.com/?p=352 bathThe thing about plantation shutters is the fact that it is not always easy to picture how they will be installed. Not all windows are created equal and the windows in your home could be many different kinds of configurations, mountings, and appearances. That being said, at Custom Shutters we have seen pretty much everything and we have devised a solution for each challenge that mounting your blinds provides. Throughout our 35-year history we have engineered the correct mounting for almost any window shape and configuration.

Special Considerations

dantoparchesA concern of some of our customers is if they have tilt-in windows for cleaning. These windows are extremely convenient and if our shutters are mounted incorrectly they will negate an integral feature of your windows. This is where our custom operations comes in, we can evaluate and engineer a solution for your windows. That is the beauty of ordering custom plantation shutters from Custom Shutters, we will never leave you hanging. Our support team will offer advice and technical guidance if you have any issues installing your blinds. We like to think that this division of Custom Shutters is what truly sets us apart from the big-box stores. When you buy your cheap plastic blinds from the 17-year-old behind the counter, you really should not be expecting support from the point of purchase.            

It Is So Easy!

Installation of our plantation shutters is generally a very easy undertaking and you will notice the superior craftsmanship when you open the box. We have provided comprehensive instructions as to how to mount your shutters to any window configuration. The advantage is, the fact that every detail of your plantation shutters is custom made to your specifications for the perfect fit and finish every time. Please contact us for more information or if you have any questions about installing custom shutters in your home.  

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