Wood shutters were originally installed on homes to protect the homes windows from inclement weather. They were operational for the home owner to close them to keep flying debris from smashing thru. As time went on, many factors contributed to shutters no longer being used on most houses.
Shutters are now finding there way back into style, mostly as decorative features of a house.
Building your own wood shutters can add charm to just about any home and improve the curb appeal of your house.
Some things to keep in mind when making your shutters; Making them the correct size so they look like they belong, they should fit the height of the opening and be 1/3 to 1/2 the width of the window to look good.
Check out the video below to see how to make some simple, cost effected board and batten shutters.
There are many other shutter designs that you can build, although non quite as simple as board and batten shutters.
Be sure to weather proof all sides and edges of your shutters to help them last a long time.
Just like pin stripping on a car makes it look sharp, adding molding to your room can really change the look. Whether you are adding floor, ceiling window or door moldings, getting a perfect trim corner can be difficult.
Although we want to believe that the corners in our home are a perfect 90 degrees, they usually are not. Using an Angle Finder when doing corners will help you make the correct angle cuts to get your corner perfect.
When doing base or crown molding you cam also do a coped corner, which eliminates trying to figure out the correct angle. The video below will help guide you thru making a perfect trim corner.
One trick when doing any molding is all was cut it slightly longer that you measured so you make small adjustment cuts to get the perfect joint.
Building your own bird houses can be a great DIY project that the whole family will love to get involved in. It is a great learning experience for the little one, both building them and watching the birds find their home and raise their young.
Keep in mind that different birds have different space needs, knowing what kind of birds are in your area that may use your house, can help you decide how big to build it.
What’s the Best Time
There is no bad time to put up bird houses, and the best time to put them up is as soon as you have them available. Even if it is not nesting season, birds may investigate the house, learn where it is and possibly use it as shelter. If you only want to provide houses for nesting, putting them up in late winter or very early spring will ensure they are available for even the earliest nesting species. About.com