As homeowners spend more of their leisure and vacation time at home, interest and emphasis in outdoor living has surged. According to the National Association of Realtors, outdoor living rooms and screened porches are one of the top hot home trends for 2013. Porches and patios are often screened with exterior shutters to create outdoor sanctuaries.
“Further helping to blur lines between outdoor and indoor spaces is the rise of screened porches, which have gained more indoor accoutrements such as fireplaces, making them livable nearly year-round.
… A trend that began a few years ago continues to inspire homeowners to think beyond terraces and decks. These spaces have more of the feeling and function of an indoor room.”
Barbara Ballinger, Realtor Mag
Exterior shutters are a great cost-effective, aesethically pleasing and highly functional way to add a living area. Creating an outdoor living room with exterior shutters minimises the cost of the extension and, as home lot sizes shrink, is a perfect space maximizing solution. Living space can be created without having to extend the footprint of your home.
There are number of additional benefits when using exterior shutters, including:
- Privacy from neighbours
- Protection from the sun and wind
- Ventilating airflow
- Security protection with locking mechanisms
- Elegant, streamlined appearance
The focus on outdoor living environments is even growing at the planning stage. A survey by Professional Builder Magazine reported that 43% of survey respondents had added an outdoor living option to their current new home plans. Patios, porches and sunrooms screened with exterior shutters create outdoor sanctuaries usable for much of the year, by protecting the space from the elements.
Timber probably springs to mind when thinking shutters, yet aluminum shutters are an excellent option for exteriors. The inherent durability of aluminum and sturdy composition greatly enhances the protection from the elements, whilst minimising upkeep.
Less maintenance is a game-changer in the outdoor living movement.
“Less maintenance equals more time for living.”
Here are 5 advantages of aluminum exterior shutters:
- Put aside fears of warpage from extended contact with water
- Inherent strength to absorb wear and tear.
- Custom powder coat options that can match any décor
- Sliding, hinged and fixed installation options for easy access
- Simple maintenance with just a wipe down with a wet cloth.
Homebuilders, The Whisler family, were new to the concept of aluminum shutters, but made the decision to go with Weatherwell Elite and have been thrilled with the outcome.
“I got my shutters in last week and I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE them! That is the best way to put it. =) They give my rooms such a finished look and feel. When my husband and I were building our house it wasn't something that even crossed my mind. Now I am glad it didn't because I have these beautiful coverings instead of whatever the builder would have spec'd.”
The Whislers, Houzz.com, Apr 2013
You can be sure that aluminum exterior shutters will continue to rise in popularity as the focus on outdoor living options gathers momentum.
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