Congratulations to the First Share Your Shutters Winner of 2017!01/30/2017Tyler Jorgensen The start of a new year means new opportunities to upgrade your home design, and beautiful new examples of shutters from homeowners in Austin and across the country. The new year also means a new Share Your Shutters contest winner, and the first of 2017 is Katie S. of Elk Grove, California for her Polywood® plantation shutters. Elk Grove in Northern California is just one of the many places around the U.S. in which homes can benefit from Polywood shutters no matter the time of year. Even when slightly ajar like in Katie’s photo submission, plantation shutters block a huge amount of outside light from flooding into the home. In Elk Grove as well as in Austin, that’s a boon to any savvy homeowner who wants total light control in their space.Plantation shutters also block energy transfer through the windows, making them great for homeowners who experience blistering summers or cold winters, or who just want to max out their home’s energy efficiency. That adds up to a more comfortable home and money saved every month with lower energy bills.Katie’s shutters also capitalize on some newer home design trends. Neutral-hued backgrounds such as her brown wall are becoming very fashionable, with differing instances of colors–in Katie’s example the white of the Polywood shutters–serving as points of interest throughout the room. Offered in various white and off-white hues, plantation shutters can fill a nice niche in contemporary home design.As the winner of our Share Your Shutters contest, Katie wins a $100 gift certificate to a California restaurant, as well as getting her wonderful shutters featured alongside our previous winners.Have you recently had plantation shutters installed in your home that you want the world to see? Find Sunburst Shutters Austin on Facebook and share a snapshot of your shutters with the hashtag #ShareYourShutters - and you could be our next featured winner!