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7 Shutter Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

It's easy to make mistakes when adding shutters to a historic house. Here are 7 big ones to avoid. By the OHJ Editorial Staff

    #1: Too Narrow

    Whether operable or not, shutters must always be wide enough to cover the entire window when closed.

    (Photo: Paul Kelsey Williams)

    Whether operable or not, shutters must always be wide enough to cover the entire window when closed.

    #2: Too Long

    Shutters that overshoot the top and bottom of the window look silly.

    (Photo: Paul Kelsey Williams)

    Shutters that overshoot the top and/or bottom of the window look silly.

    #3: Attached to the Wall

    Historically, shutters were always fastened to the window casing—never to the wall of the house.

    (Photo: Paul Rocheleau)

    Historically, shutters were always fastened to the window casing—never to the wall of the house.

    #4: A “Flat” Appearance

    Improperly mounted shutters lack depth and shadows.

    (Photo: Michael Shake/Fotolia.com)

    Improperly mounted shutters lack depth and shadows.

    #5: Mismatched Shapes

    Shutters should match the shape of the window—not the casing around it.

    (Photo: Michael Shake/Fotolia.com)

    Shutters should match the shape of the window—not the casing around it.

    #6: Improper Accessories

    Adding balconies, railings, or window boxes around shutters impedes their ability to operate—and screams "McMansion."

    (Photo: Paul Rocheleau)

    Adding balconies, railings, or window boxes around shutters impedes their ability to operate—and screams “McMansion.”

    #7: Closed Louvers

    Even if louvers are fixed, they should remain approximately 25 degrees open and have rods for historical accuracy.

    (Photo: Paul Kelsey Williams)

    Even if louvers are fixed, they should remain approximately 25 degrees open and have rods for historical accuracy.

    Published in: Old-House Journal May 2014

    { 2 comments }

    Steven owner of Old Time Restoration Inc March 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    This is a pet peeve as most homeowner want plastic shutters and they want them to be install upside down, I shutter was and is made for storm protection or extended time away from the building so it will protect the building when closed and locked, shutters should always be installed so when they are open the louvers are up towards the sky and when they are closed they will be down and drain the rain water away from the windows, this is correct

    Robert Wedding March 3, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Now please show some examples of correctly mounted shutters. Love the “don’ts” , but it helps to have “do’s” as well.



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