Using a shutter to capture shutters May 5th, 2012 I like shutters. Why do we have so few of them in Britain? These are on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Enjoyed this post? Why not sign up to receive Status-Q in your inbox? Possibly-related posts: Far from the madding (post-breakfast) crowd… We used to think Venice was crowded until we spent... Build your house upon the rock In the last week I’ve walked and cycled many miles... Small carbon footprint The Italians certainly know how to transport people efficiently in... Archery Under the Vesari Corridor, Florence. Enjoyed this post? Why not...
I love shutters too (great night’s sleep with the darkness).
I think their lack of UK popularity is due to many reasons, but the ones that seem the most likely to me are:
(a) most UK windows open outwards (and so you cannot shut/lock shutters from the inside. I’d be interested to know which way Scandinavian window design went).
(b) people who like shutters for aesthetic reasons are more likely to dislike uPVC windows (v.large generalisation!) and most reasonably priced continental shutters are roller ones (e.g. plastic or metal)
(c) because you do need permission if you put them outside the house in a conservation area.
I’m putting shutters on my house (French partner) and consequently am going to go the internal shutter route to get around two of the above.