Oh my I had no idea shutters came with so many rules. If you missed my earlier post about adding shutter to the house you can read it here. I believe I’ve decided on going with black shutters and painting the trim around the window in the same color as the window casing, which is SW 7051 Analytical Gray. But here’s where all the rules come into play. According to the shutter experts windows should only have shutters if the shutter size could actually be closed over the window and fit completely protecting the window.
So according to that my windows on the first story of the front of the house should not have shutters. Phooey I say, because I think it looks much better with shutters on the lower level. What do you think? I spent the last week driving around subdivisions being the shutter critic and guess what? Most people are NOT following proper shutter rules. Shutters were designed for function not curb appeal but I do believe most are going with the curb appeal approach.
Here’s a quick pic to see what the house looks like naked with no shutters. I did luck out and Menard was having a terrific sale on shutters so I picked up what I needed and if I don’t use them all I can return them but I didn’t want to pass up the fantastic price. I was going to make my own but by the time I purchase the lumber and buy a good quality paint I would have more into them than buying them, so I went with the cheaper and easier method.
I should mention when we pour our concrete we are going with a random stone stamp and it will look close to the photos above where I’ve added it. That’s another reason I picked the black shutters, I think it will accent the stain colors in the concrete.
Now do I add shutters to this side of our home? It’s the entrance we always use and can be seen as you come up the drive. If our house was close to the road by the way it’s positioned you can see the front and this side at the same time because of the angle it’s on. So once again according to the shutter experts they say if you can see two sides from the road you should put shutters on those two sides. What do you think? I don’t mind the shutters at all but it seems a little strange to have them on only two sides. I like things to match so I feel like the opposite side of the house you don’t see would also need shutters.
Wow it’s all a bit much. Who would have thought I could put so much time into thinking about shutter placement? We did decide that once we power wash the house it will need to be stained the same color it is now (hubby doesn’t think it will strip it down to bare wood) so the color you see is what it will be again once we do all the work.
And here’s the view when you come up the drive. See how two sides of the home can be seen at once. So the big decision is do I break the rules with the shutter police? If I do I’ll want to go with photo #1 and #4 but if I go with what is correct it would be photo #2 and #4.
The next thing is I hope we have a ladder tall enough for me to get to the third story window without breaking my neck. I’m quite a clutz and can see this all going wrong if I don’t have a spotter. Luckily my friend Lisa has volunteered to help me out with all my craziness and be there when I paint the second and third story trim. Hey what would life be without friends who are willing to go along with all my hair brained ideas?
Leave your comments below on what you would do!