While not a Southern invention, the natural ventilation of shutters has become an integral part of Deep South design.
If the homeowners need more seclusion or shade on their porches, all they have to do is close a bank of shutters. These handy panels combined with decorative solid walls below and fixed louvered shutters above further transform both ends of the porch into cozy outdoor rooms.
Operable shutters also flank the French doors inside the porch. “I love using shutters with adjustable slats because even when closed, the slats can be positioned to let air circulate,” architect Jim Strickland says. “Plus, being on this porch when it’s raining, with all the shutters pulled shut, is such a treat.”