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Thanks again for your comments, we have a local woodwork shop in town, I am going to ask them to build narrower shutters. I will post a picture when we are done here.
April 8, 2014 at 9:29am   
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Hi dsleep2, as we have read there are many suggestions about the shutters on your home. The shutters that are currently on your windows appear to be a bit smaller than the proper size, as one of the fellow houzzers suggested. Shutters should measure out to half the size of the window they are surrounding.

We have to disagree with making them thinner as this defeats the actual purpose of the shutters and takes away from your curb appeal. We see far too many homeowners who purchase plastic, vinyl shutters that are too small for their windows. Most homeowners think this adds value to their home, but instead it actually decreases the value.

Since your home is a 125 year old cottage, we would recommend taking a look back at historical aspects of your home. Seeing if your specific home had shutters on the windows and what style. This usually helps a lot of homeowners because they get a sense of historic charm when updating.'

Also check to see if there are any historical guidelines that you must follow since this home is a historic work of art!
April 8, 2014 at 1:58pm     
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I would imagine that your local energy provider offers free home energy audits and could tell you exactly where you need insulation and weather stripping to help with your energy savings. They use infrared cameras and can show you exactly where the problems are and then help with suggestions for how to correct them. Here's a site about the technology: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/home-weatherization/home-energy-audits

As for the shutters, I wholeheartedly agree that the size needs to at least give the appearance of being functional. Shutters that are either too narrow or too wide to cover the window just look ridiculous. Even if you just removed the one in the center of the windows, leaving the ones on the sides at least suggests that they may be bi-fold and could open to cover their respective windows. From a distance nobody would be able to tell...
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