Design Process

There is no question that purchasing a piece of furniture that has been custom designed and personally tailored to your individual style and needs is an exciting thing. What not everyone might understand, however, is that the process by which that piece comes about can be as enjoyable as the lifetime of service that it will give to you.

I think that everyone has had the experience of walking into a mass-production furniture store with a clear picture of a piece they are looking for, only to be disappointed either because the piece doesn’t exist or because the quality is unacceptable. There are few feelings worse than spending money on something you’re not completely happy with, and settling for a piece of furniture solely because it is what’s in front of you is something no one should have to do.

Having a piece of furniture custom made, however, affords you the opportunity to articulate and receive exactly what you’re looking for. The design, functionality, and woods used are individual choices that you can make in order to guarantee your complete satisfaction with the final product.

By working personally with each and every one of my customers from start to finish on a project, I am able to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship on each piece that comes out of my shop. And just as each commissioned piece is a unique creation, the process by which it comes about may vary slightly from the outline which follows. What I’ve provided here, however, is a framework as to how my design process most commonly works.

Initial Contact

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An example of some early information about a project I find helpful.

The first step in this exciting journey is to contact me with the rudimentary information about the piece you are interested in having built. Details I try to draw out in this initial conversation are things like general dimensions, stylistic interests, wood preferences, as well as any special requirements that are unique to the project.

It is at this time that I try to get an overall feeling for what you are looking for in order to aid in the designing process. That being said, I have dealt with customers on both ends of the spectrum. Some know exactly what they want going into the project and it becomes my job to create a tangible representation of that vision. Others have come to me with virtually no idea of what they want and rely heavily on me to guide them toward a design that is suitable for them.

In either case, this initial contact is what starts the process off and leads to the beginning of the designing phase…

Designing Phase

Once I have what I feel to be an appropriate amount of information about the piece in question, the next step is for me to generate concept drawings in order to establish an overall look for the piece.

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A 3D rendering of the project helps to arrive at fully satisfactory final designs

It is nearly impossible for me to convey fully my design vision to an individual solely through conversation, and even two dimensional sketches can fall short in terms of presenting a full picture of a decidedly three dimensional piece. It is for this reason precisely that I generate all of my concept drawings on the computer. This is helpful for two reasons.

Firstly, it affords everyone I work with the opportunity to see three dimensional renderings of their piece. Every angle can be accounted for, every dimension can be ironed out precisely, and even various wood species can be previewed in order to provide the most complete picture of the piece possible, all before I have begun to build anything.

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Even minute details can be worked out through computer renderings

Secondly, though just as importantly, it allows creative conversations to happen via email. Face to face meetings are indeed important. In fact, I meet with the large majority of my customers face to face at least once before their piece is delivered. However, the back and forth conversation that is necessary when ironing out design details is most efficiently carried out through email messages.

Once my design has successfully captured your vision for the project, I produce a final scale rendering, complete with dimensions, which will serve as the blueprint from which I will work. At this time I request that everyone sign and date their invoice which will serve as a contract through the remainder of the process.

Once a signed copy is back in my possession, I begin crafting the piece…

Crafting the Piece

Once you have been notified that your place in my queue of work has come around, I request a non-refundable payment of 60% of the total cost of the project. This payment allows me to purchase the materials to be used for your piece and it is at this point that I will begin the actual construction.

Crafting the PieceDuring the building process, it is possible for curious individuals to request pictures of the piece as it is progressing. I have found, however, that many people do not want to see anything until the project has been completed.

One option I provide to everyone who commissions a piece from me is a CD of pictures chronicling the crafting process from the woodpile to the finished product. I request that, if this service is desired, it be specified by the time the final plans and invoice have been signed and returned to me in order to ensure that I begin taking pictures from the very start. This service is provided for an extra charge of $50.00 which will be added to the total cost of the piece.

Once the piece has been completed, it is time for me to deliver it to your home…


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Once the piece has been completed, I will contact you in order to set up a date for delivery. When the piece arrives at your home, the remaining balance of 40% of the total price must be paid.

Finally, once I leave your home, all that is left for you to do is enjoy a lifetime of use with your new piece of custom furniture. All of my pieces carry a lifetime guarantee for the life of the purchaser against failure due to normal wear and tear. Each piece will also beBubb Bed 2 signed and dated to immortalize that information for future generations who will continue to enjoy these pieces.