Restoration and Bespoke Furniture Maker

The Design Process

How the design process works.

Most clients have a good idea of the piece they want – maybe that’s where it’ll go and the basic dimensions but don’t worry if you’re unsure of the design. It’ll help however, if you’ve an idea of the things you don’t like so we can eliminate them from the start. Some clients find it useful to keep a scrap book or mood board – just stuff they like; whether that’s just a detail of an existing piece, or a colour – anything to steer us in the right direction.

My consultations are free – within reason of course; most pieces can take up to three to four visits which we can work through to arrive at the final design. I will then go away and do some presentation drawings and maybe some virtual working drawings so that we can arrive at a detailed plan. I normally keep you informed of progress and you are welcome to visit the workshop whilst the piece is being made. Usually this is necessary – or indeed, I can bring a mock-up or part of the actual piece, to discuss and/or confirm details and dimensions so the piece is exactly what you want. It has been known for me to make a full-size model of the piece to check it’ll fit where you want it to and for you to approve of the overall proportions of the piece.

I will be able to give an accurate estimate of the work that is required including material costs plus a time scale in which the piece will be made or restored.

Upon agreement of the work, I will require a 50% deposit of the making cost plus the full amount of material cost. This is necessary for several reasons and shows a commitment by the client to the project. This is a strict policy; whilst the balance will be due upon completion.

I am of course able to deliver the piece but you will be welcome to approve the work in the workshop before delivery if you require. This way, you will be happy with the piece I have created and if any adjustments are needed, they can be done so without taking the piece away again