Congratulations to the First Share Your Shutters Winner of 2017!01/30/2017Curtis Orton The new year means a new chance to upgrade your home design, and gorgeous new shots of shutters from homeowners in San Jose and across the country. That also means a new winner for our Share Your Shutters contest, and the first of 2017 is Elk Grove, California resident Katie S. for her Polywood® plantation shutters. Elk Grove in Northern California is just one of the many towns around the country whose homes can benefit from Polywood shutters no matter the time of year. Even when not closed tightly like in Katie’s photo submission, plantation shutters block a good amount of outside light from flooding into the home. In Elk Grove as well as in San Jose, that’s a boon to any savvy homeowner who wants a lot of customizability in their space.Plantation shutters also block thermal energy, making them ideal for homeowners who experience scorching summers or harsh winters, or who just want to improve their home’s energy efficiency. That means a cozier home and cash back in your pocket each month with reduced energy bills.Katie’s new shutters also capitalize on some newer home design trends. Neutral-hued settings such as her tan wall are becoming exceedingly popular, with differing instances of colors–in Katie’s example the white of the Polywood shutters–providing points of interest throughout the space. Offered in different white and off-white shades, plantation shutters can fill a great niche in contemporary interior design.As our latest Share Your Shutters winner, Katie wins a $100 gift card to a local restaurant, in addition to having her plantation shutters featured alongside our previous winners.Have you recently had plantation shutters installed in your house that you want to show off? Find Sunburst Shutters San Jose on Facebook and share a picture of your shutters using the hashtag #ShareYourShutters - and you could be the next contest winner!