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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


Stunning Shutters for French Doors.

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

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

 

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

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.

Behind The Scenes Of West Country Shutters…

Behind The Scenes Of West Country Shutters…

Duncan and Gules Cleere are a match made in heaven, not just because they are a husband and wife but because they are also the driving force behind the West Country Shutters team.

Prior to the launch of West Country Shutters this dynamic couple ran Cleere Interior Design, offering expert advice and guidance in helping clients throughout the West Country, establish the perfect surroundings for their home or business. 

Duncans’ early path began in 1987 at the prestigious Study Centre for the History Of Fine and Decorative Arts (known as the V&A course) in London.

Filled with passion and enthusiasm he began his working career at Knightsbridge Restoration & Decoration Company, specialising in the art of decorative paint finishes.

Gules’ early path was slightly different…working as a super nanny in Hertfordshire! 

In 1999 Gules and Duncan met and one year later, they joined forces to form Cleere Interior Design.

Although having had no formal training Gules’ natural flair for what it takes to create a lovely home added a new dimension to the business. With her eye for detail, her exceptional customer service and natural warm personality made customers feel more like friends than clients. Still the case today!

For their Interiors work they brought together a great team of expert and experienced tradesmen with the same ethos as themselves and undertook projects incorporating all aspects of interior work. This included window dressings & soft furnishings, specialist paint finishes and decoration work through to Kitchen & Bathroom design, joinery and bespoke furniture, flooring, tiling, lighting solutions and full project management. During this period and adding another ‘string to his bow’, Duncan also guest lectured on Interior Design at Plymouth University 

Their passion for Shutters came in 2004 when they designed and built their own home. They were very much drawn to using shutters and this, their very first foray into the fastest growing trend in the window dressing world, was the inspiration and spring board to the future. 

From that point onwards, their beautiful hardwood shutters became the mainstay window dressing for all their interior clients and in 2008 they hit the ground running and established West Country Shutters, focussing all their attention solely on this aspect of business. 

After ten years of experience, a life time of knowledge and passion in design and all things interiors, a warmth, friendliness and true care for others, this wonderful team have built a business that they love. They are committed to ensuring that from that first phone call or email contact, through to installation and beyond,  their clients’ are respected and treated as they would wish to be themselves.

Here’s to the next ten years and beyond….

It’s Our Birthday!!

It’s Our Birthday!!

Today we celebrate 10 years of West Country Shutters. Our business, built on our interior design knowledge and passion has gone from strength to strength. Through sheer hard work and determination we have a business that we are incredibly proud of and one that we would have no hesitation of using ourselves.

Of course we are a team and our heart felt thanks and appreciation go to our hugely talented and loyal fitters Jon & Steve who always give a 100% on every single job we do.

Their skill, passion, knowledge and like minded driving force ensures we are not only a team in name but also in our approach to work making it a fun and easy working relationship. Thank you Jon & Steve for making sure we have reached our ten year birthday and we look forward to celebrating many more years to come.

Duncan & Gules Cleere

Solid Panel Shutters in Period Homes

Whilst the majority of our clients opt for shutters with ‘Slats’ for the obvious benefits of light control and privacy, we also find that  there is a definite need to offer something that presents a more traditional feel… That’s where Solid panels shutters come in.

On sash windows it’s possible to create a Tier on Tier design which enables a great array of different settings for practical living whilst retaining a period style look.

The ones in the pictures are constructed in hardwood Timber (actually…we don’t work with anything less) in a white painted finish which is offset by the considered use of contrasting hinges and knobs in black

We think They’re great!

 



 

 

 

French Door Shutters

With a great degree of flexibility in design options, French Door Shutters offer multiple options for dressing what is very often the key window within many homes. There are possibilities for bi-folding panels that can be folded completely ‘back to wall’ which offer great space saving within  a room or panels that are installed ‘into the window’ and can be folded back to sit perfectly within the recess. Division of slats top and bottom for multiple settings to reflect light control/ privacy, and an array of colours.

Fitted to perfection… they really do offer the most stylish solution for your French doors  


 

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Shutters & Listed building consent

We’ve come across many Shutter clients who live in listed buildings and they  will often ask if there are implications to installing our shutters.

The answer is a resounding no… installing shutters have no greater implication than hanging a picture on a wall or putting up a curtain pole. Yes, there are fixings that we need to establish, but this is always done ‘invisibly’ (so that screw holes cant be seen) and always with a sympathetic approach to the setting and with no compromise to any window frames, stonework or fittings within the property

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We recently had the experience of dealing with a listed building officer within our Somerset area, who was nervous about granting permission to our client, the owner of a converted 14th Century Mill and adjoining cottage  . Following a site meeting, to explain our approach, to show the frame sections we use and how the panels work …full approval was granted with no reservation and we went on to complete another stunning installation