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Shutters with Secondary Glazing

Posted on: March 12th, 2020 | 0 Comments

Combining the beauty of solid panel shutters with our unique & seamless secondary glazing system is a great answer to preserving heat loss especially in older listed buildings.
The glass can easily be removed by simply lifting up and disengaging from the frame to allow access to windows for cleaning or ventilation and satisfy completely any listed building requirements.
Our system comprises of a single panel of toughened 4 mm safety glass which is held within a slimline aluminium frame in a powder coated paint finish to complement the shutters.
This section is what we install within our shutter frames to give a uninterrupted view point through the glass.
Benefits of conserving heat loss are a big factor but the system also has a massive impact on acoustic values too

Stunning Shutters for French Doors.

Posted on: April 28th, 2019 | 0 Comments

Shutters bring a unique style to any interior space and nowhere more so than on French Doors in living rooms,. They bring warmth and practicality by angling slats to shade fabrics and furniture form the harsh effects on the sun, whilst also providing a beautiful sleek look… dust free!

Bristol Shutters…’The General’ is a stunning waterside development in the heart of the city

Bristol Shutters…’The General’ is a stunning waterside development in the heart of the city

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 | 0 Comments

Over the years we have seen a massive increase in the popularity and demand for our high quality shutter service throughout the whole of the South West, with Bristol topping the list of installations.

 We have been  delighted to be working on a  particularly key development, that is still very much ongoing, which is the former Victorian Hospital known as The General  located just a short walk from Bristol city centre and Bristol Temple Meads Station.

This large scale & high quality project has seen the regeneration of this beautiful and much loved building on the waterfront, which has been developed into high specification and stunning apartments by the UK’s leading award winning heritage developer City & Country Group

Playing a small part in the regeneration of this building has been incredibly exciting for us. Working alongside the new residents designing and installing shutters that compliment the stunning  windows has truly been an honour for us.

A full facade of arched windows, combines with other elevations where sash windows are the norm. Stunning openings which lend themselves perfectly to the beauty of shutters and the functionality that they bring.

When completed The General will be home to a collection of 205 one to four bedroom new and converted apartments and houses.

For a look behind the scenes here is a youtube video by George Clarke. You will see our shutters from one of the shots that we have already installed into the front facing apartments that have been completed and are now occupied. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBuIPvAAiYo

For more information on “The General”  take a look at the developers website here http://www.cityandcountry.co.uk/development/properties-in-the-general-bristol/6

 

The Clifton Observatory Bristol…wooden plantation shutters installed in this landmark building

The Clifton Observatory Bristol…wooden plantation shutters installed in this landmark building

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 | 0 Comments

 

We are proud to have worked on some amazing buildings in Bristol and none more so than the  Clifton Observatory.

Dating back to 1766 the Clifton Observatory began its life as a windmill for corn and later converted to grinding snuff (tobacco) when it became known as ‘The Snuff Mill’. By the 18th Century, snuff had become  popular  amongst the elite of Bristol. The demand was such that  Bristol needed its own mill to keep up.

By 1777 the mill was left derelict for 52 years following a fire. The fire was started when the sails were left turning during high winds causing the equipment to catch light.

In 1828 an artist based in Bristol called William West rented the old mill as his studio. West transformed the mill into the building that is recognised today by installing a large telescope into the tower and creating an observatory. William West was a well respected member of the Bristol School of Artists. As well as his art West also had a keen interest in optics and engineering.

Sold for only the third time in its history in 2015. the Observatory is designated by English Heritage as a grade 2 listed building.

It was a privilege by the installation of our shutters, to play a small part in keeping this wonderful building alive, ensuring that for future generations and many years to come this incredible building remains one of Bristols landmarks sat grandly overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge and City of Bristol.

 

For visitor information please click on the link https://cliftonobservatory.com

The beauty of solid wooden shutters…Timeless elegance

The beauty of solid wooden shutters…Timeless elegance

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the days when glass was expensive and difficult to get, a cheaper alternative had to be sought .

Whilst there is little evidence who designed the first shutters it would appear that cavemen were aware of a need to block out the light and keep in the warmth and historians have discovered caves where large boulders have been used to ensure warmth and security from wild animals.

Traditional window shutters started to appear in Tudor times some 500 years ago. As wood was plentiful crude shapes where formed and attached to windows and were regarded as a luxury.

By the 1700s glass was becoming much more available but the wooden shutters remained a more popular choice as they provided privacy and warmth, keeping out the elements and acting as a natural insulation from noise.

Wooden shutters were installed on the inside of the windows for ease of use as house walls were incredibly thick which made reaching for external shutters very difficult when opening.

Even though it is centuries old technology we are still benefiting from traditional window shutters today. The styling and advancement in production methods and quality has advanced  immeasurably, but the concept of light control, insulation, privacy, security and natural noise insulation still remain today.

Solid wooden shutters remain a stunning design statement and can help transform a period property back to its former glory or help create a look of timeless elegance in a more modern home.

With solid wooden panels you open or close the whole panel allowing light in during the day but shutting at night for privacy and to keep out any outside light that might stop you from sleeping, making them ideal for bedrooms.

Our solid wooden shutters can be designed “Tier on Tier” making it possible to have bottom panels closed and top ones open, or visa versa, giving a more flexible use for privacy and light as needed.

Solid wooden shutters offer visual simplicity, a classic look and a practical solution to a centuries old problem.

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The quality and installation of the shutters is top-notch, exceeding our expectations! We are very happy with the end product and the work of Duncan and Gules at West Country Shutters and we would thoroughly recommend them. Simon & Kate Barmby-King. Somerset