French farmhouse renovation - August 2019

Nick Inman charts the ups and downs of doing it himself with tips and information he has learned renovating a French farmhouse. This month: the secret life of French shutters

If I have to name one element that distinguishes my French house from all the other houses I have lived in, it has to be the shutters (volets).

These vary from region to region, and house to house, but they always serve the same two purposes (apart from providing an instant blackout):

  • They keep the elements out, notably rain lashing against the windows, but mostly the summer heat;
  • They make the house more difficult to burgle when it is unoccupied.

They look so simple but there is a lot to them, ...

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