Austin Texas Homes - Exterior Window Shutters

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Real Estate Agent with Donna Homes, a PLR affiliate - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com 0480809

Austin Texas Homes have many different styles.  One common exterior feature that many of the styles share is window shutters.  Are shutters common in your neighborhood? 

I'm not talking about functioning shutters, as that is a very rare find.  I'm talking about shutters that are put on the exterior of homes just for decoration.  But, even though these shutters are just decoration, shouldn't they simulate the real thing?  Isn't that the point of having that kind of look on your home?

Look at these pictures below...

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What's wrong with them?  If you were to pretend to close the shutters, you wouldn't cover the windows.  Even on the arched window, the shutters were given an arch, but still wouldn't cover the window.  Why give it the look of the arch to match the window if it still doesn't look right?

And why have shutters on a three-piece window when the shutters only cover the sides?

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Below are some shutters that are actually correct...

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Do you see the difference?  Even though the shutters aren't going to be closed, they give the impression that they match the house and can be closed if the home owner wanted them to.

Make sure that if you want to use a detail like shutters on your home's windows, that they actually look like they belong!

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Rainmaker
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hello Donna, your photos do a great job of showing how much more appealing a correctly sized "shutter" becomes for the home.  In our area we see some homes with them, and they are usually too small like your examples.  Thanks!  John

Oct 06, 2009 06:16 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Donna,

Great job of illustrating the difference the right shutter makes. The pictures tell the story.

Oct 06, 2009 06:24 AM #2
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Patricia Kennedy
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Donna, I agree with you.  I think they should be wide enough to look like they could cover the windows if they weren't pretty firmly attached to the exterior.  And with all the hurricanes, it might not be a terrible idea to have shutters that you could close!  That beats putiing up protective plywood.

Oct 06, 2009 06:37 AM #3
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KARIN SMITH
SMITH REALTY GROUP - Slidell, LA
BROKER/REALTOR

Donna.. wow, what a difference.  Although I wouldn't have noticed this as looking awkward before ( I think because it is so common) I certainly do now.

-Karin :)

Oct 06, 2009 06:50 AM #4
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Ben de Anda
RE/MAX Cross Country - Corinth, TX

I never really looked at it that way, I guess because we rarely see actual functioning shutters.  Thanks for pointing it out. 

Oct 06, 2009 07:11 AM #5
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Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Dedham, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

Great way of making us undertstand how much better it does look with real functioning shutters.

Oct 06, 2009 08:22 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Donna

Shutters can make the front of the home stand out, outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 06, 2009 09:24 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Donna

Shutters can make the front of the home stand out, outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 06, 2009 09:24 AM #8
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
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Donna, My clients seem to run hot and cold on shutters. Right now more are removing the shutters only to find the paint hasn't faded at the same rate as uncovered area...
Life is best, when experienced, first hand,
Paul

Oct 06, 2009 12:39 PM #9
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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Donna... I am not a big fan of decorative shuuters.  If they don't actually close, I say get rid of them.  I personally prefer a "cleaner" look anyway.

Oct 06, 2009 02:21 PM #10
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, a PLR affiliate - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

John, Interesting that it's in other markets as well.

Dorie, Thanks!

Pat, No hurricanes in Austin, but I can see that being handy elsewhere.

Karin, I've noticed it for years and it's always been a pet peeve of mine.

Ben, Just opening your eyes!

Joseph, Thanks!

Lou, Thanks!

Paul, Yikes!

Steve, When done correctly, shutters can add personality to smaller windows.  Some houses look really silly with them.

Oct 06, 2009 02:45 PM #11
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John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Donna - You have provided some excellent examples. Many people have shutters here and I don't think I realized there were quite so many differences.

Oct 07, 2009 01:09 AM #12
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Laurie Hellmer, Dowtown Chicago Lofts and Chicago Neighborhood Realty
Real People Realty - Chicago, IL

LOL!  The first time I noticed the shutter size oddity was when I was in grade school.  My family visited a relatives' new home, and I immediately noticed that the shutters would not cover the windows.  They explained that they were decorative and not functional.  I've always thought this was strange.

 I agree that it looks much better when the shutters are sized to match the size of the windows.

Oct 07, 2009 01:41 AM #13
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Brian Griffis
Realty Choice - Springfield, MO

And wouldn't it be nice if the shutters actually worked?  But, I guess no one opens their windows anyway in America.  What really looks bad is the cheap plastic shutters that don't match height or width.  Those should just stay at Lowe's.

Oct 07, 2009 01:55 AM #14
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, a PLR affiliate - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

John, Now, you're going to constantly look as you drive home everyday!

Laurie, Decorative is fine, but they should still look 'good', right?

Brian, I'm not sure about other parts of the country, but here in Texas, we have screens on all the windows, so you wouldn't be able to work the shutters without the hassel of always removing the screens.

Oct 07, 2009 04:49 AM #15
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