When I design a Commission, my ambition is to create a piece, which harmonizes with my clients’ lifestyle. In order to do this it is important for me to meet with the clients, visit the home, review any architectural plans already completed, and discuss in detail the clients’ hopes and dreams. It is important to discuss the variety of wood species available. Like people, wood has personalities. It is important to find the wood that speaks and harmonizes with each client. The wood selection process will take place in my shop or wood storage facilities.
Given this information I begin the design process. Each commission has a design fee which covers, design time, travel, and time spent meeting with clients. This design fee also secures the clients spot in the production scheduling.
In the design process, I will present the design options to the clients in a portfolio format upon which the client can express any concerns, questions, or make design changes. Once these are approved I will proceed with the final design drawings, full scale renderings or blueprints.
Following the completion of the design process, a detailed itemized estimate with joinery Material costs, Labor, delivery, tax and installation, will be presented to the clients. The estimate will be a reflection of the design.
Building the commission is special process. A lot of intricate joinery and jigs are fabricated in order to materialize the designed. Weekly progress reports will be emailed to the clients. This will create a deeper understanding of the process and aid when detail decisions need to be made. I encourage clients to visit the shop and see their piece unfold. Understanding the construction process gives the piece more life once it is in your home.
Relationships are important in my work. They include my relationships with the clients, the relationship with the construction process and the relationship with the final site. I feel I have succeeded when the piece looks like it has always been part of the existing decor. Then the timeless designed will give as much continued pleasure to my clients as it has given me in the construction process.
I look forward to working together and to design and build a unique piece with you.