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PVC Flower Boxes Create a Crisp Display for Flowers and Plants

Create a Crisp Display for Your Plants with PVC Flower Boxes

People often overlook the actual exterior of their home’s facade when landscaping. Your windows, walls, deck railings, and even your fences are prime spots for adding more decoration and color ful curb appeal to your home. With the help of PVC flower boxes and planters, you can create a truly stunning display. Discover the ease of transforming the exterior of your home with PVC flower boxes.

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Wrought Iron Faux Balcony Decor that Instantly Transforms Your Home

Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Home with Wrought Iron Faux Balconies

Are you struggling to find a way to add more beauty to the exterior of your home? Window planters and landscaping can only do so much for your yard. The addition of wrought iron faux balconies could be the solution that you have been looking for.

Find out how to use faux balconies to boost the value and curb appeal of your home. Read more

Make Your 2016 Garden the Best Yet with Hooks and Lattice Window Boxes, Planters and Hanging Baskets

White Window Boxes – A Clean Slate for the New Year

When winter is at its coldest and grayest, you can find yourself looking at your house and giving a wistful sigh as you think about how you’d love to do something to spruce it up. Sadly, you have to wait for spring to arrive to get to work on improving your home’s curb appeal, right?

Wrong!

While some improvements should be held off until spring has fully sprung, you can take steps to enhance the appearance of your exterior before winter is done. White window boxes are a great way to add to a home’s curb appeal mid-winter. Read on to learn more about adding a flower box during the cold months of the year and to discover some stylish, easy winter window box ideas.

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Faux Balconies - Add Romance to Your Curb Appeal

Romeo, Oh Romeo, Where Art Thou Juliet Balconies?

Named after the famous scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these faux balconies come in an assortment of styles and designs. Easily installed along the exterior of your home or commercial property, these unique wrought iron balconies provide an affordable method of transforming your property and adding to its curb appeal.

 

 

What is a Faux Balcony?

For those that are not familiar with the concept of a faux balcony, they are essentially a decorative balcony that can be added to the exterior of a window. There are fairly easy to install and do not require major construction. Typically made from wrought iron, faux balconies often feature elegant lines and scrollwork. They look great along the exterior of any home and can be used to add more character to a bland window.

Faux Balcony

Choosing a Juliette Balcony

As with any addition to the exterior of your home, you should make your selection carefully and put some thought into the balcony you choose. Each wrought iron Juliet balcony that we carry is available in a variety of colors and sizes. For example, our Addison Juliet Balcony can be purchased in black, white copper, bronze, silver, or textured bronze. This particular balcony fits closely against the window and a subtle addition that can easily blend in with the exterior appearance of your property. For a more striking appearance, the Brantford Juliet Balcony should be considered. It features highly detailed scrollwork throughout the entire design. The Brantford Juliet Balcony will definitely draw attention to your home and features the same color options as the Addison balcony. If you are looking for a design that is more in the middle, the classical look of our Cassia Juliet Balcony could be what you are looking for. The simple lines and elegant curves along the bottom of this wrought iron Juliet balcony offer a more traditional look and resembles what most people probably imagine when they picture a Juliet balcony.

Dorchester Juliet Faux Balcony

All of our faux balconies are powder coated to resist rusting and they can also be custom-made to fit a specific window size. Choose a finish and color that matches the overall look you are trying to achieve along the exterior of your home. We have provided a range of colors to choose from for the finish of your faux balcony. Find the size that you need or consider ordering a custom made faux balcony.

Custom Faux Balconies

In addition to the large selection of wrought iron Juliet balconies that you can browse on our website, we also offer custom faux balcony design. We can custom make a balcony to meet your needs and design aesthetics. All of our balconies started as custom faux balcony designs, to get your custom design started, browse our selection here or email us a picture of a balcony and we can show you how we can create a custom design to fit any window or location along the exterior of your property.

Dorchester Juliet Faux Balcony

A wrought iron Juliet balcony can be both affordable and easy to install outside a window. After taking a look at our selection of Juliet balconies, choose a custom balcony that matches the aesthetics of your property.

 

Facing Forward with Exterior Shutters

Facing Forward With Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters were once a real necessity for homes. House shutters were used to cover fragile windows during storms and block out the sun to keep temperatures cool during the hot summer months. Today, our windows are more durable and able to stand up to inclement weather. Plus, most homes have air conditioning systems or fans to regulate temperatures.

 

That doesn’t mean that there’s no place for wood shutters on homes anymore. On the contrary, more and more people are installing or upgrading cedar shutters and other types of shutters to enhance the curb appeal of their homes.

Exterior Shutters in 4 Easy Steps

If you’ve been considering a shutter upgrade or installing shutters for the first time, you can follow these four steps to ensure you select the perfect look for your home:

 

  1. Consider the Size. Shutters just don’t look right if they’re not the correct scale. Even though you’re not going to close them, you may want the illusion that you could. This means that you should select house shutters that are half of the width of your windows and equal to their height. Decorative shutters do not need to be exactly half the width, saving you money because they’re smaller.

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  1. Choose the Best Materials. You can purchase shutters made out of many different types of materials, including vinyl and composite; however, if you want the most authentic look possible and want to maximize the value of your home improvement, wood exterior shutters are the best choice. Cedar shutters are among the most durable of natural wood options, as the material is naturally resistant to rot and pests. See all materials here.

 

  1. Select the Right Style. Shutters come in many different styles, and different types complement different styles of architecture. Here’s a quick look at some of the best pairings:

Victorian, Italianate, Georgian and Greek Revival Homes are all nicely complemented by Louvered shutters like our 12″ Wide Unequal Panel Cedar Louvered Shutters, which are made to order.

Cape Cod, Mediterranean, Spanish, Ranch, and French Country Homes will look best with Board & Batten designs. A style like our Painted Cedar Board and Batten Shutters, which can be customized with more than 35 cutout designs, will perfectly match the architectural style.

Federal and Colonial homes are often completed with raised panel shutters on the first floor and louvered on the second floor. Our made-to-order Cedar Raised Panel Exterior Shutters are available with numerous panel patterns to suit any homeowner’s tastes and pair wonderfully with our louvered cedar shutters.

 

  1. Pick Out Your Color & Hardware. Typically, shutters should show a high degree of contrast from the color of a home so that they stand out. You can use a color wheel to see what hues will coordinate best with the primary color of your home. While it’s not a necessity, hardware like false brackets and L-shaped shutter hinges can enhance the authenticity of exterior shutters and add to their charm.

Exterior Shutter Hardware

Hooks and Lattice make shopping for exterior shutters incredibly easy. We are truly your one-stop shop for house shutters and have a huge selection of styles, including a wide range of premium cedar shutters. Shop our full selection, where you’re sure to find the perfect look for your home.

 

Bring Life To Your Windows With Shutters

Bring Life to Your Windows with Louvered Exterior Shutters

Does the exterior of your property look bland or need some sprucing up? If you are searching for a way to increase the curb appeal of your home then consider installing operable louvered or cut-out exterior shutters. Louvered shutters offer a traditional look for your home while jazzing up the appearance of your property. Operable louvered shutters are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs – to match the aesthetic appeal of your property. Learn more about customization options and how exterior window shutters can bring more life to your property.

Bring Life To Your Windows With Shutters

Measuring for Shutters

Before you start shopping for shutters, you will need to measure your windows to determine what size shutters are needed. We have created detailed, yet simple to follow, instructions for measuring your windows. Pay attention to whether you are going to install fixed or functioning shutters. The instructions should give you a better idea of what size will be needed, but if you want to ensure your shutters fit perfectly, we recommend contacting a professional contractor.

 

Exterior Louvered Shutters

Exterior window shutters are the most common type of shutters that you will find along the exterior of homes throughout the country. They offer a traditional look and come in various colors and styles. Exterior louvered shutters have a universal appeal that works well on any style of architecture, whether you have a contemporary home or a cottage style abode. Examine our selection of exterior louvered shutters to get a better idea of your available options. Choose from fixed or operable shutters. With operable shutters, you can actually close your shutters for additional insulation or shade from the sun while fixed exterior window shutters mostly offer an aesthetic appeal.

Louvered Exterior Shutters with Window Box

Exterior Shutters with Cutouts

Another option for bringing more appeal to the exterior of your home is exterior shutters with cutouts. Custom designs are available to give your home a unique and original look. Let your home stand out by installing exterior shutters with cutouts. They come in a range of materials, including fiberglass, cedar, and mahogany timber. You can shop for exterior shutters with cutouts and choose from existing designs or place a custom order for a specific cutout.

Board and Batten Shutters with Palm Tree Cut Out

Outdoor Bahama Shutters

If louvered shutters or shutters with cutouts are too traditional for your tastes, then check out our selection of outdoor Bahama shutters. These exterior window shutters were originally used on homes in tropical regions, to provide shade while still allowing adequate airflow. Let a cool breeze through your home and block out the sun as needed. You don’t have to live in a tropical area to enjoy these attractive aluminum shutters.

Bahama Exterior Shutters paired with  Raised Panel Shutters

Exterior window shutters come in many variations. Louvered shutters provide a more traditional appearance; shutters with cutouts offer a unique appearance while outdoor Bahama shutters provide a useful function. Consider all your options when shopping for exterior window shutters. Take a look at the various styles and designs to find an option that complements the look of your home. Visit our site today to learn more and browse our selection of louvered shutters and exterior shutters with cutouts. We can also accommodate custom orders, so contact us today.

How to Match Window Boxes to Your Home’s Architectural Style

Whether you have bought, rent, or built the home of your dreams, you know the ins and outs of its architecture – where the sunshine hits just right, where the shade spots are, and a sliver of your true gardening potential. This is where window box planters come in – and not just any window boxes, but the best window boxes for the architectural style of your home.

The best way to choose a classic flower box depends upon the architecture of your home. Sometimes it is best to see an example on someone else’s home that is similar to yours, that has a window box, for you to truly fall in love with a particular window box and what it could do for your home’s exterior décor.

The following flower boxes have been selected to explain the many ways that a window box could spruce up your home’s exterior.

Cedar Window Boxes for Cottage and Log Homes

When you think of mountains and open fields, you probably conjure a home that could be on Little House on the Prairie. While this mental image would have been accurate a few decades ago, nowadays cabins and log homes have been made modern, retaining the old-fashioned feel of nature, while reveling the contemporary appliances and modern marvels of today’s world.

Window boxes fall somewhere in between cedar window boxes and are the best window boxes for these types of homes because they give your cottage, cabin, or log house a further rustic look. With rustic architecture, wrought iron window boxes also add an elegance touch. With wrought iron window boxes, you can add a liner or place individual 8″ pots inside to create an even more rustic feel to your curb appeal.

Framed Two Panel Cedar Window Box Painted White

Copper Window Boxes for Contemporary Homes

There are dozens of copper flower boxes to choose from, but the best window boxes in this category are those that go perfectly with the contemporary feel of a modern, suburban home. You probably have all the amenities, perhaps a big porch, and plenty of neighbors, so your curb appeal matters.

These copper window boxes are stain, decay, and deterioration resistant, meaning they will last longer, keeping your impromptu garden of beautiful flowers looking lovely. Plus, you can opt for steel arches for the exterior, accentuating the copper lining of each window box planter.

Del Mar Heights Copper Window Boxes look great on contemporary homes and commercial buildings.

Most Flower Boxes are Versatile

Sure, the aforementioned flower box options mention contemporary, cottage, cabin, and log homes, but your house or apartment might not fall into any of those categories. Lucky for you, window box planters are versatile.

The Modern Farmhouse window boxes look great on all types of homes and all kinds of siding.

Usually, people pick the home exterior décor that suits their personalities. They also pick the accessories and amenities to go into and outside of their homes based on their personal interests and likes. The same is true for window box planters. You can simply choose one that you think suits you best and go from there. It would likely be a match, considering your surroundings are already based on your unique likes and dislikes.

Shop all of our versatile window boxes at HooksandLattice.com. If you fell in love with a certain window box but need it in a different size, give us a call at 800-896-0978, we would love to make you a custom window box!

Elegant Faux Balconies for Summer Home Makeovers

Summer is fast-approaching, which means some of the hottest days of the year – the perfect time for gardening, basking in the sunshine, and renovating your home with summertime accents. Give your house, apartment, or business a brand new look without appearing to try too hard, using faux balconies and iron window grilles.

Juliet Faux Balconies

Have you ever gazed up at a building to see a beautiful balcony – only to realize later that it actually wasn’t a balcony at all? Juliet faux balconies add custom curb appeal without the hassle of a real balcony: no architects drawings, no various approvals, and no changing the structure of your home. A wrought iron balcony begins with, you guessed it, wrought iron, which has been handcrafted into swirling loops, hoops, and beautiful twirls. This gives your home an instant dose of elegance that you never knew you were living without until you have it right in front of you.

The faux balcony curves slightly outward, creating the illusion of a real balconette beneath your windows. In turn, this furthers the illusion that your windows are actually beautiful French doors, waiting for you to burst open and greet the sunrise with a smile on your face and a cup of coffee in your hand.

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Iron Window Accents

When a balcony railing is a little too far off from what you imagine your summer home makeover to be, stick with iron window accents. Constructed from wrought iron railings, our accentuations fit conveniently, perfectly, and beautifully over small windows. These look best with antiquated home decor, like a house or apartment with the exterior texture and appearance of burnt umber or terra cotta.

Each rod iron railing of these iron window accents is handcrafted, curved and straightened into strong decorations that add pizazz and custom curb appeal to your exterior home decor.

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Spruce up a Home for Sale

Many of our Juliet balconies and iron window accents are purchased by the everyday homeowner or apartment tenant, but we encourage everyone to accentuate a beautiful house, apartment, or business for summer. Contractors and property managers are likely to have a little more success selling their houses and buildings when those properties look their best.

Window Accents & Balconies Galore

We at Hooks and Lattice offer a variety of faux Juliet balconies and iron window accents for your perusal. There is truly something here for everyone, and you are encouraged to absolutely take your time and look around for the perfect accent that will make your exterior decor POP. All of the faux balconies and iron rod railings from our collections are custom-made and can be modified to meet the precise needs of your home.

Start now to ready your home for summer!

How to Use Planter Reservoirs to Conserve Water & Help the Environment

Water is not always a free-flowing resource, especially as we look for new forms of conservation and ways to limit our impact on the environment. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not waste water while keeping your plants healthy. Whether you have difficulty keeping your plants watered or want to learn new ways to help the environment, the use of self-watering planters will be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about self-watering reservoirs and how to begin conserving water to do your part for the environment this Earth Day.

 

How to Choose a Planter Reservoir

When choosing a planter reservoir, pick from a range of sizes to fit your existing planter or contact us for custom sizes and orders, including planter reservoirs for window boxes, planter boxes, and even hanging baskets. No matter what type of plant you want to grow, you can make any container self-watering by adding one of our quality water reservoirs.

 

Setting Up a Self-Watering Reservoir

In order for your planter to properly disperse water, follow our instructions for using a planter well self-watering reservoir and look over some of the sizes we have available. This is something that any homeowner can do and setting up your self-watering planter is not a complicated task. In addition to window boxes, we also have a range of options for those wanting flowerpot reservoir inserts.

Make your flowerpots self-watering planters

Make your flowerpots self-watering planters

If you need to utilize a hanging basket for your plants, we have you covered. We have two separate options for your hanging plants – choose from a fiberglass hanging basket insert, which is a perfect match for our coconut coir basket liners, and a hanging basket planter reservoir. Both are easy to install and simple to refill.

 

Hanging basket fiberglass inserts with planter reservoirs are the best solution for hanging basket flowers.

Fiberglass inserts and planter reservoirs are the best solution for hanging basket flowers.

We also have square self-watering systems for square containers and large rounded reservoirs for larger planters. These reservoirs are installed in the same manner as the other water systems and over time you will discover that they offer a great return on investment.

 

Yet another solution for saving water and the time needed to refill your reservoir is the use of a rain catcher. These large water reservoirs can collect rain run-off from your downspouts, making the entire process hassle-free.

Rain catchers are a great way to save water and use it where you need it.

Rain catchers are a great way to save water and use it where you need it.

Save Time and Money

Having a planter reservoir can help you save time and money by limiting the amount of work needed to care for your plants on a regular basis and helping you conserve water. In some areas, recent droughts have led to water rationing and an increase in water utility rates. Save water in the garden and time needed to care for plants. As a bonus, conserving water is a great step towards limiting your use of natural resources and helping out the environment.

 

For any type of plant life, you can save water, time, and money, by using a planter reservoir. To start saving water while caring for your plant life, visit our website and take a look at our self-watering reservoirs for window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. For custom sizes and order, feel free to contact us any time.

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Installing Window Boxes the Right Way

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Ever wonder how these things just ‘float’ under windows?

Planter boxes are timeless and beautiful home and garden additions. A well maintained window box planter can add a touch of elegance to any home. At HooksandLattice.com, you can choose from lots of different kinds of container designs and materials, like vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and various types of metal, but the material with the most versatility is that of the composite PVC window boxes.

Life’s Easier with PVC

PVC planter boxes have the appearance of wood and can be custom painted by HooksandLattice.com, like this ArmorCoat Bronze Laguna with Cleat Mounting System, which is actually a real bronze coating (install guide included). PVC composite material looks as elegant as true wood without the hassle of maintenance. PVC window boxes don’t feel like plastic, and when painted, they look and feel like actual wood.  Unlike vinyl, wood, and most metal boxes, a cellular PVC will not rot, bend, sag, crack, or rust.

How to Perform Your Window Box Installation

An improperly hung window box can not only cause damage to your home, but can also cause serious injuries to yourself and others. The following instructions are included only as an installation guide, and because PVC boxes can be installed on almost any siding, specific instructions will vary. Be sure to contact a licensed contractor for your project before you hang your PVC window box.

Measuring

For the most traditional and simple way to hang a new window box, use a direct mount window box planter. Before making your purchase, you want to make sure that you’ve got the right sized window boxes. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you measure the window you intend to use so your planter box doesn’t extend more than four inches past your window.

Mounting for Wood/Vinyl/Stucco

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall underneath the chosen window. Mark the spot of each stud. Not having a planter box properly secured to a stud in the wall is the quickest way to bring it and maybe even part of your wall to the ground.
  • Center the planter box underneath your window. Transfer the markings from the studs to your container and drill holes into the box. It is important to properly align your markings before you transfer them and start drilling so your project will be level.
  • Recenter the box underneath your window and mark the wall through the holes you just drilled in the box. This is where you will drill the pilot holes into your siding. If you don’t properly align your markings, you’ll be sure to have a lopsided planter box.
  • Drill the bolt holes through the marking you made on your siding, then bolt your container to the wall. PVC window boxes are often heavy, so it may suit you to use other tools, like heavy duty clips in addition to your bolts to keep your planter box secure.

 

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Do I need Brackets?

Before bolting composite flower boxes to the wall, you may want to add a pair of decorative brackets to your direct mount for additional decorative flair and support for your container. A window box can be heavy on its own, but its weight grows even more when you add soil and plants. While not necessarily required, decorative brackets can be useful to provide support in windy or otherwise dangerous areas. Click here to peruse both decorative and functional support brackets. Installing planters on brick or masonry? Our installation guides cover both!

Now that you know how to hang window boxes, your house is posed to be the talk of the neighborhood. Explore our selection of charming PVC window boxes and brackets on HooksandLattice.com to bring some variety into your home and garden today.