Commissioning a piece of handmade furniture can be a very personal, enjoyable and rewarding experience in which you can, if you wish, take an active role at all stages of the journey from initial design, to seeing the piece in your home.
As every journey is different and if you’ve never commissioned furniture before then the following notes are intended as a guide and may help you through the process:
What are you looking for: First, have a think about the piece of furniture you want, you can either commission an existing design from my gallery, tailored to suit your needs, or I can design and develop a unique piece of furniture entirely for you.
Initial meeting: Then give me a call so that we can arrange a meeting where we can discuss your ideas further, how you plan to use the piece and where it will be positioned. We can discuss measurements, functionality, review design inspiration, look at different timber colours, grain and finish, and chat through the possible options.
The design: From our first discussion I will collate all of your preferences and requirements. I will develop the design ideas as sketches or drawings and, if appropriate, I will make a scale model to illustrate the design. I will also put together an initial estimate of the cost. I usually charge a nominal design fee for this stage, which will be waived if you proceed with the commission.
The proposal: We can discuss any changes and when you’re happy with the design, and a price is agreed, I’ll draw up a proposal, which will include details of the agreed design, a schedule of work, estimated costs and an expected completion date.
Construction: Before starting work I will require a deposit – usually 50% of the final cost and, once the deposit is paid, I’ll begin work. The final balance is due when I deliver the piece.
Workshop/work in progress visit: Many clients like to be involved in the making of their piece and visit my workshop to review work in progress, see their piece coming together and make final decisions about timber positioning, finish etc. If a visit is not possible I can of course keep you up-dated with photographs as the project progresses.
I will be happy to discuss your ideas and create a piece of furniture that is uniquely yours, so do please get in touch.