The development of most commissions falls into the following four stages. Clearly it is desirable to meet at the outset and, where possible, I like to see where the furniture is to be placed, the surroundings will have an influence on my design proposals.
STAGE A – An initial meeting where we can look through my portfolio of past work to establish those designs you like best and that would form the basis for your commission. I would need to take dimensions or receive plans of the space, and note any special features or obstacles. Normally I make no charge for this stage beyond the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses.
STAGE B – I would prepare initial design proposals with preliminary costings for your consideration. Where practical I would present my drawings in person and make alterations if required. For long distance commissions this may have to be done by E-mail or FAX. My Fee for this stage would be 10% of the estimated cost of the project and where a commission is confirmed this fee can be added to the overall cost.
STAGE C – For some more complex projects a prototype, mock-up, or model may be required. I would supply a separate quotation for this work in advance. For many commissions this stage can be omitted.
STAGE D – When you have agreed a design, prices and a suitable time scale, you would place an order for us to make the furniture. At this point I would ask for an initial payment of 1/3rd with the balance on delivery. For some larger projects I may ask for further stage payments as the work proceeds.
Throughout the commission you would be dealing with me personally and I would ensure that all materials and workmanship are maintained at the highest standard. You would always be welcome at the workshop to see work in progress. Currently I do not employ any assistants directly and will be making the piece myself. For a larger project I may subcontract this to another skilled maker or workshop, but this would only be done with your agreement.