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Shutters

Custom Architectural Designs creates and installs premium handcrafted exterior wood shutters in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.  Each of our beautifully crafted architectural shutters is individually built from the finest materials available, including cedar wood, high-end hardware and premium finishes.  Our commitment to using only the highest quality materials, combined with our superior handcrafted construction and installation, results in exterior wood shutters that are not only attractive, but that are made to last.

Premium Exterior Cedar Shutters

Our custom-designed shutters are crafted from the finest grades of cedar, providing long-lasting durability with a rich, eye-catching texture.  To further enhance the look and durability of our architectural shutters, we use premium stains and finishes that provide added UV and weather protection, and impart the shutters with beautiful, fade-resistant color.  All hardware used, whether for decorative enhancement or to secure the shutters in place during installation, is of the finest quality available, ensuring that the hardware holds up as long as the shutters themselves.

Architectural Shutter Styles

Most of the handcrafted exterior cedar shutters we create are board-and-batten or Panel style.  Architectural board-and-batten shutters are designed with three vertical cedar wood boards that are fitted to the height of your exterior window, held together by a horizontal board (called a “batten”) that not only provides added strength and stability, but an upscale and unique design.  The standard width of our board-and-batten shutters is 17”, although widths can be customized as desired.  Some of the Exterior wood shutter styles we offer include square shutters, arch shutters and eyebrow arch shutters, and we can create shutters to meet any design preference.

Customized Shutter Finishes

When you choose to have a custom-designed Exterior wood shutter crafted for your home or business, you can select more than just the size and style of the shutter.  Our customization options include a wide range of premium finishes that can be utilized to suit any taste.  With quality stains and glazes, we can create shutters that are as unique as a piece of artwork and that enhance the vintage, neoclassical, provincial, colonial, federal or contemporary style of your home or building.  Finishes can also be color matched to any color you desire.  Additionally, you can select from our exquisite decorative hardware options that include hinges, tie backs, brackets and shutter dogs in high-end finishes like pounded brass and black iron.  From rustic to modern designs, decorative shutter hardware can truly create a custom, unique look that adds enduring character.  We also offer handcrafted cedar planter boxes that can be built to match shutter styles and finishes to be installed under windows.

Residential and Commercial Wood Shutters

Our handcrafted cedar wood shutters can be used to adorn the exterior windows of residential homes, as well as all types of commercial buildings.  We work with architects, designers, homeowners, builders and contractors to create custom exterior shutters for new construction and can also recreate shutter styles for historical restorations.  Our architectural shutters are the perfect adornment to brick and stone facades and can serve as a visually rich addition that truly enhances exterior curb appeal.  In addition to crafting and installing exterior wood shutters, we also offer refinishing and repair services.

Shutters Made in the USA


At Custom Architectural Shutters, we are proud of the fact that all of our products are made in the U.S.A.  We design and craft each custom wood shutter in our workshop in Mokena, Illinois, offer free personalized design consultations and provide expert shutter installation services in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.  We take an “old school” approach to our craft, with a keen focus on attention to detail and a commitment to quality that is unsurpassed.  From the materials we use through to the creation of the shutters and the installation of the shutters alongside your windows, we are dedicated to creating wood architectural shutters that add beauty and substance, while also being built to last.

For more information about ordering handcrafted exterior wood shutters in Chicago, or for a free design consultation, contact us at 708-533-1174 or 877-888-6652 or by filling out the contact form on this page.