DIY intall of shutters / brands (Steves, Norman, etc)
I have narrowed my choices for my four large front room windows to either Levelor Estate Oak 2 1/2 inch blinds or Plantation Wood Stained shutters that I would want to DIY install.
The blinds are unique in their finish, easy install of course, and very affordable through Steves Blinds online. They have an advantage of being able to be pulled up completely to offer a great view. Shutters would have to be 'opened' and would be a little less convenient in that aspect, but with the 3.5 inch louvers I might be doing okay just having the wider view space they offer.
Shutters, however, have always charmed me and that was what I first 'saw' when I walked into this space. I find they have a structural interest that appeals to me and they have a 'rich' feel that is hard to mimic with blinds - even with the wonderful finish that the Estate Levelors offer, they are still blinds and not shutters.
I had a quote for shutters by a vendor who came to my home. She offered Norman shutters and the price was expected but still high. I went on Steves and Blindsexpress and found the same line for an astonishing savings, but of course, would have to intall myself.
I also found that Steves has their own brand of shutter that was even more affordable!
Has anyone here ever used the Steves brand of shutter (or blinds for that matter)? If so, how was the quality and how was it to intall them yourself?
The Norman line - real wood stained. Same question.
Norman Sussex - which I am told is the 'better' line of Norman. Is it better and why? I cannot find the 'why' but they do charge more for that line and promote it is such.
I was surprised at how affordable the Norman shutters and especially the Steves shutters were if purchase through those sites, but the DIY install makes me pause. Just how complicated could it be? I am pretty handy and could hire help if needed and still be much (MUCH) less than the local vendor.
Also, on shutters, the decisions about inside mount, outside mount, etc - any input on that?