Monday, 20 November 2017

Let there be natural light

NATURAL light has always been important in our homes, and now, it seems, we value it more than ever.

NATURAL light has always been important in our homes, and now, it seems, we value it more than ever.

In the Thirties houses with virtually an entire wall of glass began to dot the landscape, particularly along the coast where optimising a view was paramount, bringing nature into the home and creating a sense of outdoor living.

Natural light is an abundant source of effective lighting and today with the emphasis on curtailing energy consumption, and with energy costs rapidly rising, we are becoming more aware of the need to make optimum use of natural resources. But when the sun goes down and winter draws in, we need to look for ways to keep the cold out and the warmth in.

So walls have become windows and we are able to admire the outside world through the rectangles and curves of various-shaped windows. But this now creates a new set of problems — how do we dress these beautifully-designed windows? How do we keep the cold out and the sun from damaging our soft furnishings?

The answer is simple shutters. Shutters are a “green” way to insulate your home all year round. For example, opening your louvres during the day in the winter allows the sunlight to warm the house and closing them at night keeps the warm air in. During the summer months, keeping the louvres at different angles during the hottest part of the day shields the house from sunlight and reduces the need to turn up the air conditioning.

Just Shutters offers the complete range of both solid wooden shutters and louvred plantation shutters for all window shapes including round, angled, arched and the interesting shapes required for angled and triangle windows, conservatories and glass roofs.

Director Ian Beasleigh says: “Every home we visit for a consultation is exciting. We enjoy working with our customers to create a solution they will love for many years to come, especially when the customer is unsure as to whether they are able to have the shutters they desire, due to an odd shape or size of a window or door.

“The problem many people face is an interior design issue — they want to make their home welcoming, and often a large area of glass is not conversant with a ‘homely’ ambiance.”

Plantation shutters are an ideal solution to this, reducing a vast cold space with warm wood and colour in the winter yet open with plenty of light filtration in the warmer months. Individually made to fit your window exactly, expertly fitted and requiring little space, plantation shutters can be recessed into openings, for both doors and windows, and once fitted the benefits are enormous: no maintenance, reduction of noise and draughts, lower fuel bills and privacy. And specially-shaped shutters will not cost as much as you think.

Ian said: “Plantation shutters are a once-in-a-lifetime investment, and we strive to make your experience easy and enjoyable. As a local, family company with many years’ experience, excellent customer service and reviews, we use only the highest-quality products and we have not yet encountered a window we cannot enhance with shutters.”

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