What sort of costs Should I expect?
It can be difficult costing bespoke work. By its very nature it's tailored specifically to the client, often far more involved, more personal and hopefully infinitely more rewarding than an 'off-the-peg' product can ever be.
On my side, I invest a lot into every commission, taking great care to produce drawings that the client can understand and visualise, researching and presenting options and associated costs and maintaining good communication throughout the whole process. Much of this work takes place before a design is approved, an estimate produced and before a price is agreed on.
For the client, they are also investing their trust in me to do a good job in a timely manner and on budget, listening and being guided by my experience and of course they are also investing in a financial sense.
A lot of the work that I do is unseen by the client directly, be that sketches and drawings, materials and hardware research and procurement or testing out ideas with mock-ups and prototypes where appropriate, and all of this takes time, time that I do not directly charge for. What I do charge in the end ultimately has to give me a little return for this, and this investment in the client and their commission is why bespoke work will naturally tend to be a bit higher than mass-market furniture outfits.
So, just to give a brief idea of potential costs, I am including 3 examples below of work that I have completed and the associated costs with each commission. Please bear in mind that complexity greatly affects budget, as does material choice and as do finishing options.
With a budget clear and up-front, I can be much more able to work to accommodate that with different ways of doing things and better materials and finishing choices.
Very large solid Oak conference table around 3.6x1.5m, made in four sections with an end-grain joint detail, cable porting and powder-coated steel legs.
£2950 of which approx 2k was materials. Finished by me in Osmo UV-protection oil.
Built in cupboards
Here the client had liked an organic, curved door I had previously made and wanted to evoke that same feel in a fitted cupboard, with specific storage needs in a home office. The internals are mainly Birch plywood, there is a full-height pull-out section to the left, two drawers, a sliding surface for a keyboard and adjustable shelves. The doors are made from a hardwood and all shaped 'freehand'. Completely bespoke and one-off.
The Birch ply elements were all hand lacquered by me and all other components were all spray painted before installation and although I arranged this and transported everything, the client paid the specialist spray painter directly.
Alcove cabinets with accent lighting
A set of built in alcove shelves in a stunning central Leamington home. Unusually high at around 3.1m. The doors of the base cabinets were designed to echo the beautiful arched windows to the front of the property tying everything together . Each shelf is fitted with a warm led accent light which is controlled off a remote plug and gives a beautiful relaxing, ambient light.
£3300 including lighting. Painting done by client.