How to Commission Furniture
So, you've looked through my portfolio and like a particular style but didn't see the exact piece you need. What to do. The great advantage of working with a custom designer/craftsman is that unlike retail furniture stores you can have the piece you want built to your specifications.
First you need to contact me via email or by calling so we can discuss what it is you want built. After getting as much information as you can give me I will be able to sit down and work up an estimate of cost. Once I have an estimate I will contact you with the information. If the price is within your budget for the project and you want to continue the process, I will ask you to send a design deposit. The size of the deposit will depend on the size of the project. Typically, for a single piece of furniture, the design fee will be $250. If you are looking at having a kitchen design done, it could cost $1000 or more. The design deposit is non-refundable. However, once we have the right design and price and you want to proceed to the construction phase the amount of your design deposit will be deducted from the cost of the project.
After receiving your deposit I will produce scaled drawings of you piece and send them to you. Your reaction to these drawings could range from "This is exactly what I was thinking" to "Oh my gawd, what is he thinking". Usually it is somewhere in between those two reactions on the first go round. Once you have had a chance to review the drawings you will contact me and discuss what you like and don't like. I will then revise the drawings as needed until you are looking at the piece you must have.
To move on to the construction phase a deposit equal to 25% of the project cost is required to hold a spot on my shop schedule. A second 25% is due prior to the start of construction with the balance due prior to shipping or upon delivery if local.
Speaking of shipping. If your furniture needs to be shipped, I will provide you with the shipping options and cost of each option when I present my formal bid with the finished design.