I have another company, besides my home building company, that sells blinds and plantation shutters www.wholesalewindowcoverings.com I have installed a lot of plantation shutters on the houses we construct. However, we just recently installed shutters in our personal home and we love them. I am so used to being thrifty, that I it took me a while to decide that we could afford luxury items like plantation shutters. Even though we sell our shutters, at $17 a square foot, which is about $5-$10 cheaper than most companies, I still hesitated spending that kind of money. However, now that we have them, I can see why people fall in love with plantation shutters.
I love how they block out the light and love the overall look and performance, but most of all I love how they block out the noise and the cold or hot air. It recently turned cold here in Utah and that's when I really noticed how much of an insulating device the shutters really are. In the morning I open the window to our new baby's nursery, and am amazed at the amount of cold air that comes rushing in. I am happy to have them and I'm sure my baby is happy too. Anything that will help him sleep longer is probably worth it.