Greater Philadelphia House & Home: January 2002
Spirit of Yesteryear
By: Christine Marie Tretter
In the Greater Philadelphia area, there are many homes with shutters on their exterior. Even in the early days of America, the Founding Fathers used exterior shutters for privacy and for protecting their homes from the elements and would-be intruders-shutter hardware incorporated locks to prevent forced entry. Fully-functioning shutters have come a long way and today, add the finishing touch to a home.
Timberlane, Inc. brings back the spirit and quality of yesteryear’s shutters. Painstakingly crafted from solid, kiln-dried Western Red Cedar using only old world mortise and tenon construction with hardwood pegs, Timberlane shutters are crafted to last a lifetime. Twenty-one historically-accurate and custom shutter configurations help the shutters stay true to authenticity. Timberlane shutters are built-to-order with aluminum capping included with each pair; the shutters are designed to be fully functional and entirely operational.
“We had customers, particularly those who own a historic home, come to us with their home’s original rotting, peeling shutters that are missing louvers or panels and they ask us to recreate them,” explains Rick Skidmore, president of Timberlane. “We can custom create or reproduce any shutter a homeowner needs.” Homeowners searching for hard-to-find hardware will find the most extensively varied and historically accurate collection of hand-forged and cast iron hardware found anywhere. Elegant details with the option of decorative cuts, arched top, sunburst louvers and circle top shutters are also offered.
Timberlane’s manufacturing facility is located in North Wales, PA. They encourage prospective clients to take the soup-to-nuts tour of their local, family-oriented company.
Recently, Timberlane was included in Inc Magazine’s list of the nation’s 5oo fastest-growing private companies. Timberlane is very excited about their growth and attribute their success to “a commitment to their customers”.