How to Install Shutters on a Brick House
Use masonry anchors to attach working window coverings to a plain brick facade—and add some period charm, to boot
There's a reason certain architectural embellishments stand the test of time: Function is built into the design. Take louvered window shutters. They've been used for centuries to control light and draw air in through an open window. Their utilitarian lines make them equally appropriate on house styles from the colonial farmhouse to the rambling ranch. And if it's made of brick? No problem, with advice from This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. He installs them on this mid-1800s brick rowhouse using masonry anchors and completes the look with period-accurate cast-iron shutter dogs as holdbacks. Follow along to learn how to add historical charm with a window treatment durable and timeless enough to weather another 100-plus years.
Day 1: Measure and order the shutters (Steps 2-3).
Day 2: Mount the shutters (Steps 4–13).