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Old 08-06-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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Default What to do instead of shutters on exterior?

My husband and I will soon be signing to custom build a 2000 sq ft ranch. We plan on doing mostly all brick (in a gray tone) with some vinyl cedar shakes at the gables for interest.

The thing is I REALLY hate vinyl shutters. Is there any other alternative--or should I just do nothing?
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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Do you hate shutters period, or just vinyl shutters? If it's just vinyl, you could go with real wood.

Beyond that, you could emphasize the trim around the window or, since you're using brick, use a different shade of brick around the window to frame or accent it. I've seen brick houses built with a staggered pattern that switches to a continuous pattern around the window and looks nice. Some even have a contrasting keystone on top.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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My husband and I will soon be signing to custom build a 2000 sq ft ranch. We plan on doing mostly all brick (in a gray tone) with some vinyl cedar shakes at the gables for interest.

The thing is I REALLY hate vinyl shutters. Is there any other alternative--or should I just do nothing?
you could use wood shutters. if you have any arched windows make sure that the builder knows to build the shutters with the same radius as the arch window. That drives me NUTS as a designer when I see that. The other thing you can do is emphasis the row lock and soldier course over the header and sill by pulling the brick out a little bit so it is not as flush as the surrounding brick. For the gable ends, you could always try a herring bone pattern instead of the shake, although I love shake shingle.
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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You could do metal window awnings. They provide shade for the windows to help lower utility bills. Some models can be retracted for storm protection for your windows. Metal awnings cost more than fabric awnings but they last longer.
Metal Awnings - Window, Door & Patio Awnings
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:47 AM
 
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Mteal awnings were popular in teh 50's and frankly i hated the look. Only a nice fabiric awning on a coastal cottage looks really good with them IMO;no brick on these tho.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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There's a particular model I liked and would like for my home. It has metal louvers and is mounted on a flat panel that can be lowered flush with the window. When lifted up from window, you can see through the louver slats. When lowered flush with window, you can't see outside but the window is protected from storm damage. That's handy here in hurricane country. Personally, I prefer real working shutters that you can open and close when needed.
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:03 AM
 
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Some styles do not lend themselves to shutters anyway. If you're ranch is contemporary, they might not be appropriate. My pet peeve is incorrectly sized shutters-like skinny shutters next to a picture window. We sent to a company in CT to have our wood shutters made, so they would be correctly sized for the windows. This makes a huge difference in how the shutters look.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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I like the idea of decorative brick or stone--does anyone know where I could find inspiration for these ideas?
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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This brick manufacturer has a full gallery of examples, although the majority are fairly grandiose.

Belden Brick - Photo Gallery - RESIDENTIAL HOMES - www.beldenrick.com - Your Brick, Paver and Special Shapes Resource

This is a link to a local stone supplier. If you mouse over the words "Brick, Natural Stone, Manufactured Stone", a menu drops down with links to manufacturers. Some of them have galleries as well. These are just examples but you may find something similar in your area.

masonry.jpg

You could also do a Google image search for say, "brick window trim".

Talk to your contractor and/or architect and they could probably float some options by you as well.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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My pet peeve is incorrectly sized shutters-like skinny shutters next to a picture window.
Mine is shutters hung upside down, which about 90% of modern "shutters" are. (Shutters were designed to shed rain away from the house when closed, which determines the orientation of the louvers.)

Another suggestion is to consider panel shutters instead of louvered ones (if a more historic look is appropriate to the style of your house).
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