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Design & Consultancy

It can be daunting process to commission bespoke furniture, but I do my best to guide you through it all, keep it interesting and help you whenever I can. Every project is a collaboration between us and I welcome clients being involved in the creative process.
After looking through the website, the next step is for you to contact me by email or telephone, to give me an idea of what you have in mind. I will probably ask you to email or send me specific details, measurements and hopefully pictures, so I can work out a rough estimate.

First visit to the workshop

After the initial contact and perhaps an estimate, you could visit the workshop. It will again be useful if you can bring some sort of sketch, pictures and a rough or detailed idea of what you have in mind, so I can advise you on possible design ideas. My workshop is not a showroom and might be full of work in progress or very little, but I can show you timber samples, along with different types of finishes & fittings, etc. Please email or telephone me for directions to the workshop.
After that, if its appropriate, I could visit you at your home to take accurate measurements if necessary and discuss the design possibilities further. I would need to charge you a “visit fee” for this - see the Prices page. At this point we will be able to judge whether the original ideas are going to work and other design possibilities may become apparent.

The original design drawing and a picture of the finished window seat.

Estimates and Quotes

Give me a week or two and I will email you an estimate. You can then decide whether you want to proceed with the commission, or you might have a few questions. Once the initial estimate is agreed, I then go on to produce full design drawings with a quotation. Sometimes this leads to a few design changes, or everything might be just right.

For more details about payments, etc., please have a look at the Prices page.

For more details about the design and commissioning process, please read through the rest of this page. If you have any questions, please go to the Contact Us page.

Design principles

An oak ramp and wreath staircase handrail.

I recently visited a house in Symonds Yat where I had made a kitchen in 1988 for one of the previous owners. The kitchen had been extensively remodelled and moved into an extension by the latest owner, but they had decided to reincorporate part of the original kitchen into the extension and even recycled a leaded glass Kitchen wall cabinet as a display cabinet in their lounge. Hopefully the kitchen will live on for another 20 years! You can see it in the “Before and After” gallery.

I like to work closely with clients to make sure that the furniture is designed and made to look beautiful, be practical, meet their need and blend in with their home. It was very satisfying when clients asked me back over the years, gradually filling their homes with fine furniture.

Everything is designed for a timeless, traditional yet contemporary look that should not date. Everything is hand made with a very high build quality, to last at least 20 years. With a little care & attention it will last far longer, hopefully be the last dresser/table/cabinet, etc. you will ever need and may even become a future antique!

Service

In 2009 I visited a house where I had made a fitted wardrobe in 1984. The bedroom ceiling had been replaced so I had to make a new cornice at the top of the wardrobe. While I was there, I retouched the finish where it had been damaged and splashed by the building work and adjusted a couple of the doors, so that the wardrobe was as good as new!
Teak garden seat detail I will always be available to help if your furniture suffers any damage and advise if you want to modify or move it at any time in the future.

Timber is a natural product that takes a while to adjust to new surroundings and might “move” a little in the process. I provide an after-sales service for local clients for a small fee, whereby I can visit a few months after installation to check that everything is still fitting properly.

Influences

Probably my greatest influence is the simplicity of the “Arts & Crafts” style of furniture associated with William Morris and Rennie Macintosh. I do'nt like to copy, but I am inspired by that movement in that I try to create clean, honest, functional designs made to a very high level of craftsmanship.

The benefits of good lighting

My style is traditional as well as contemporary and I am also inspired by the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods, as well as the best modern design ideas.

Lighting

Good lighting can have a dramatic effect on any room. Halogen and LED ceiling lights and cabinet lighting can create interesting shadows that add atmosphere and mood to a room, as well as giving extra light where it is needed.