This is the initial stage where broad concepts are discussed, options are explored and a rough costing estimate can be given. Detailed designs are not prepared at this stage, and the estimate is based on a 'ballpark' figure. Client's ideas often are fluid at this point and the estimate may move up or down, as complexity of design changes.
Detailed design stage
Once ideas are firmed up and there is agreement to proceed, detailed designs can be drawn up. This involves significant work, therefore a 8% design fee becomes payable. This figure is a part of the estimate and not an additional cost. It therefore becomes absorbed in the total cost on completion, however is non-returnable should the detailed plans be drawn up and the clients choose not to proceed. The detailed design stage may involve considerable design evolution, and differing clients like to be involved to differing degrees. A key decision is whether I am creating 'your furniture' or 'my furniture for you', I am happy to do either, but we do need clarity, and it is vital clients feel happy with the final design,
Agreement and scheduling
At the end of the detailed design stage agreement is reached on the final design, and a clear work schedule is agreed. I take deadlines seriously, and will do my utmost to give realistic timeframes, and stick to them. Materials are usually bought at this stage therefore a 40% deposit is payable.
Clients vary in how much they like to see their piece in construction, some are very interested, and some find it difficult to envisage how these hairy planks of wood can be formed into their beloved vision! I am happy to accommodate several visits or indeed none as might be desired! The balance of the account is due on completion of the project. Delivery costs (if any) are additional.
It is my wish that you enjoy the piece long into the future, and endlessly want to brag to your friends about it ..........and the wonderful experience you had commissioning it. I am therefore, happy to answer future questions about care of the piece, further work is by negotiation.