TO SHUTTER OR NOT TO SHUTTER...that is the question!

Real Estate Agent with Paige Walker LA License #3866

Shutters are a pet peeve of mine...

We all see them. Beautiful homes, new and old, in all price ranges, with a pair of shutters slapped up on the brick to the right and left of each window. They serve no functional purpose and if they could shut....they wouldn't even cover the window!

Don't get me wrong, shutters will add a pop of color/character to a home, but they can also be a determent to a home. Shutters that are too small or rectangle shutters on arched windows are just a couple of items that BUG me!

What is a SHUTTER?


1: one that shuts
2: a usually movable cover or screen for a window or door
Yes - 1 - SHUTS  2 - MOVEABLE
Here is a little History on Shutters:
Exterior wood Shutters were installed not just because they added character, BUT, they provided a necessary function in day to day living. They provided PRIVACY, PROTECTITON and a needed breeze in the afternoons.
Typically you would have the solid shutters on the downstairs windows and a louvered shutter or Blind (as they were referred to) on the second floor windows. This way they would adjust the blind to let in the breeze or light when needed.
So how did we get so far away from the original shutter?
Today everyday homes get treated with a light-weight, vinyl/plastic, non-functional 'Shutter' that wouldn't cover the window IF they could actuallly close....... I didn't have to go very far to get you some examples:
Shutters gone bad
   Take a look at the extra large windows on the right...... Not all windows need to have SHUTTERS.... Just say NO!
shutters gone bad
    Another home .... double window on left and triple window on right.....both with the same size shutters!
Now I'm not even getting into the fact that you really should install the shutter so the 'hinge' side is sitting on the window trim to create an 'offset'. This 'offset' will give the illusion that it is a working shutter and also give a shadow which gives you even more character!
How to do shutters the RIGHT WAY???
Here is an exampe of real working shutters, installed correctly, sized accordingly with working hinges:
Shutters the right way
Here is an example of shutters installed the RIGHT WAY!!! Complete with hinges and tie-backs!
No, shutters do not all have to be working shutters, but, they should LOOK like they are working shutters!
Hopefully, this will give you some useful information so you can bring back the REAL SHUTTER!!
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Lucas Taylor
Keller Williams Miami Beach - Miami Beach, FL
Thank you for the great education. I learned so much from your post.
Sep 16, 2012 09:47 AM #1
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

down here in the hurricane world of florida, we do see shutters and when they are closed look out!

Sep 16, 2012 09:49 AM #2
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

In my personal community we have a lot of decorative shutters. I remember one house in particular looked AWFUL...however, when that faux shutter (so to speak) went up, the house really popped and looks amazing. I love shutters, but they have to be placed right. My pet peeve with shutters has more to do with color than anything, lol! pea soup is NOT for me!

Sep 16, 2012 09:51 AM #3
Paige Walker
Paige Walker - Pineville, LA
Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA

Lucas - Thank you for reading my post!

Mark - Being in Louisiana, I know Hurricane's! Thanks

Shannon - Your right, I didn't even get into paint colors etc..... I just hate when the wrong shutters are on a great looking matter what color they are! Thanks

Sep 16, 2012 09:56 AM #4
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Shutters that are functional or not add a pick pop to the curb appeal for pennies on the dollar. Like Shannon said it has to be done correctly with the proper color scheme.

Sep 16, 2012 09:58 AM #5
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
Definitely makes a difference to have the right size shutters. Good learning lesson as well.
Sep 16, 2012 11:14 AM #6
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Sep 21, 2012 12:48 AM #7
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