louvers were the best choice due to the scale

louvers were the best choice due to the scale

Postby goodwood » 09 December 2019, 03:28

We sell more of the plantation style, as it is more in demand and our machinery accommodates it best. However, we will sometimes do the traditional (to us that means smaller than 2 1/2″ louvered) look if a customer requests it and is willing to pay for it.
We recently branched out into a new area in our wholesale Plantation shutters, recreational vehicles. An RV dealer in our area bought shutters for his home, and discussed the possibility of adding them to one of his units that was going to be in a local RV show. Well, we thought it sounded like a great idea and started working on it right away. It took a lot of planning and design to ensure the finished product was just right!

2 1/2″ louvers were the best choice due to the scale of the units (they have all been about 37′ long), and rather than a standard tilt bar that would rattle, we used a hidden tilt bar. This also contributes to a nice clean look. Since each unit is unique they all present individual challenges. Making sure there is enough clearance for levers to open window, light fixtures and plug ins means that each unit typically has custom made framing around the shutter panels.

These have been a great success, the RV dealer typically sells each one at the show! I’m uploading some pictures so you can see how great these look. The dark stain picture is red oak, custom stained and the other unit is custom painted maple shutters with maple stained frames. The trailer had a paint/stain mix on all the woodwork and the shutters looked right at home.

Last Thursday, Feb 12th, we had a company lunch at Kirtz. It was a special lunch because everyone was treated to steak by Click’s Steakhouse in Pawnee. If you live in the area and you haven’t been to Click’s, you are missing out. Between the homemade rolls, steaks marinated to perfection and awesome desserts (I recommend the tollhouse pie) you will be amazed. However, I digress.

The reason for this meal is workplace safety. Every month The Shutter Mill is accident free, all employees are treated to a lunch. That’s always great, but when we go 3 or more months with out an accident everyone is treated to steak for lunch. Not bad, huh?

After the lunch we have a safety meeting, and also an update on what’s going on with the company. This month we recognized two employees for five years of service at Kirtz. We have an every increasing maturity in our work force. More employees have been with us 5+ years than we can ever remember. This seasoned group of employees greatly helps contribute to maintaining, and continually increasing, our quality standards and efficiency. You can see it in every shutter that leaves here.

I guess that’s why we get the opportunity to install our shutters all over. Last year we went to St. Lucia, and the Bahamas for shutter jobs. Right now I have jobs in process for Frisco TX, and Kansas City, MO — all because these people want the quality that Kirtz has to offer.

Many new homes today have arch windows, often called eyebrow windows. Most often they are used on the front of a home, to add architectural appeal. When the homeowner moves in, they often discover that charming window doesn’t come with any easy solution when it comes to window treatments. One of the best solutions is a plantation shutter. It offers the best combination of light control (louvers are operable) and aesthetics (it compliment’s the shape of the window).

What makes a good quality arch shutter? There are two key areas that make all the difference:

Proportion: Special shapes, like arches, take the greatest amount of skill to build, and it should be evident in the finished product. The top part of shutter, called the rail, should stay the same width as it follows the arch top of the window.

Louvers: These should be moveable into the arch. Do not be misled by manufacturers who take shortcuts, this is possible!

shutter arch without operable louvers

The photo above is an example of work done by another manufacturer. This arch shutter has not had much attention to detail. Notice how the top fixed portion of the shutter varies from panel to panel and fails to follow the line of the window itself. The overall effect visually detracts from the arch appearance of the window.
Notice how the Kirtz plantation shutter arch has full operable louvers and a proportional top rail that compliments the arch of the window. Nice, right?

How do we get this look when so many others do not?

It is really a matter of time and skill. Each louver into the arched area is shaped by hand. This extra step allows the louvers to close tightly into the arch area of the shutter. What about those louvers the tilt rod does not reach? A tilt mechanism (the same as used on our hidden tilt shutters) is applied on the backside of the shutter from the top louver down to the louvers that are controlled by the tilt rod. This allows full operation (and light control) of all the louvers in the shutter panel. http://www.chinagoodwood.com
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