Windows, Doors & Shutters

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Old House Journal's compendium of articles about the different styles, and materials for windows, doors and shutters, including period reproductions, hardware, architectural detailing, and energy-efficiency. 

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Ted Robertson hangs the good-as-new shutters on the Gothic Revival house.

How To Repair Deteriorated Shutters

Architecture is all about the details—Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe expressed this best with his famous statement that “God is in the details.” Shutters are inarguably one of a house’s most significant details; historically, they shielded delicate fabrics from the sun, protected fragile glass from inclement weather, and also offered security, privacy, and ventilation. Now merely window dressing, shutters are frequently misunderstood and installed as an afterthought.

Does your décor include motifs in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh? Even a simple "Shaker"-style "T" door, like this one from Simpson Door, can be dressed up with leaded glass to coordinate.

Windows, Doors, and the Decor

Most doors and windows are sold on the basis of how they will look on the outside of the house. Manufacturers have stepped up their offerings in recent years, enticing prospective buyers with entry doors in dozens of wood species, and built-to-order windows in hundreds of stock and custom colors or wood tints. But how well do these products do when it comes to matching your interior décor, specifically existing casing and built-in elements like paneling?

Products of the Week

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Crown Point Cabinetry

Crown Point Cabinetry offers custom cabinets for period style kitchens, baths, offices, laundry rooms, home bars and more. Styles include Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Early American, Victorian and Transitional.

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ProWoodMarket®

Wood Brackets are an excellent addition to both the inside and outside of the home. ProWoodMarket® Brackets are also used in large commercial projects to add architectural interest and detail. These handcrafted pieces also look great in free-standing structures such as gazebos and pergolas and are a perfect way to dress up porches and entrances.