Owning a beautiful handcrafted piece of custom fine furniture designed and made to meet your exact requirements is an immensely rewarding experience. In time, the warmth and character of the piece will become associated with your lifetime, making it especially treasured by future generations.
We believe that commissioning a piece of fine bespoke furniture is an aspiration of a significantly larger number of people than those who actually do so. Perhaps this is because it is perceived as being too expensive and time consuming. It is true that such works do represent an investment, but often this will be no more than you would pay, for example, to re-surface your driveway or build a garden wall. As for time, your commitment is as much, or as little, as you wish - you choose. We therefore encourage you to contact us for a preliminary discussion.
Thereafter the commissioning process is usually as follows:-
This is the initial information gathering stage and therefore it is preferable to meet the client at the location where the furniture is to be placed. This allows us to relate the surroundings of the piece to our design proposal. We would review our portfolio and discuss preferred design styles, functional requirements, dimensions, timber, budget and delivery. The actual content of this discussion will vary depending upon whether the client has a specific brief or an open brief. We do not charge for this stage other than, as at all commissioning stages, the reimbursement of reasonable visit expenses.
We provide the client with our initial design proposals, a written summary of the proposed project, preliminary costings and a timeline. If the client wishes, the meeting to present and discuss this information can take place at our workshops (perhaps combined with a short break in this beautiful area!). We can also provide the client with samples of timber and finish.
After further consultations with the client, any agreed design modifications will be incorporated into a final proposal covering all pertinent areas. A charge of 10% of the estimated or quoted cost of the project is made for this stage, but this is fully deductible if the commission is confirmed.
On occasion we may recommend to a client that a prototype, mock-up or maquette be prepared to provide greater visual clarity or to resolve complex design issues. In this event we would prepare a separate quotation.
When the client is fully satisfied with the final design proposal, an order is placed and we request an initial payment of 25% of the quoted cost (less the 10% proposal payment), the remaining balance being due upon delivery. Detailed construction drawings (usually full or half size) are now prepared using CAD, timbers are selected and making begins. Throughout this stage the client is welcome to visit the workshops to view progress or perhaps to finalise small details such as drawer pulls.
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