It’s now September and our last “big” house project for 2015 has been completed. We feel a little bit said that there won’t be any major changes between now and midway through next year now but if there’s one thing we’ve learned this year it’s that time goes by super fast and none of these things come cheaply.
After ordering our plantation shutters back in May from local company Bromley Blinds they were finally fitted in August. Now that it’s autumn it’s lovely to be able to close them at night time, adding an extra layer of both heat and noise insulation.
I’m really committed to using local companies as much as we can for any work we have done on the house and so far we’ve been so lucky with all the choices we’ve made. Bromley Blinds were fantastic from start to finish and their fitters did a fantastic job of fitting shutters to our living room, second and fourth bedrooms. These are the rooms that we had replacement windows fitted to earlier this year and now means that the front of the house is slowly taking shape.
We opted for full-height, hardwood shutters in white with hidden tilt rods, which means that you adjust the shutter slats just by pushing them rather than using an on-show rod. There’s nothing wrong with the rod versions but they just felt a bit flimsy when I saw a demo version.
A few people have asked me if they make the rooms much darker but I think because we have such large bay windows it doesn’t have any impact, plus of course they can be opened in so many different combinations that there just isn’t any other window covering that compares in terms of versatility. We just felt that curtains, blinds or anything else we looked out were either open or closed and as the sun absolutely beams into the living room in the mornings you don’t necessarily want to sit with the curtains closed just to feel comfortable.
The shutters in the little office room are also perfect for my love of spying on the neighbourhood which is what I do when I’m meant to be working from home 😉 We’re so pleased with the new look and a couple of our neighbours have even mentioned how much they like the look of them from outside so all in all, a job well done. Roll on 2016 – hopefully finally time for my dream front door!
Do you already have home project plans for next year?
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