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Services and Charges

Consultancy

A consultancy service is provided to clients on a range of furniture and furniture related issues. Services range through teaching, speaking and lecturing engagements, advice on timber technology issues, to technical advice concerning processes, procedures and project planning in order to improve production of a range of wooden artefacts such as furniture and joinery. I help clients experiencing problems with their products, such as joinery failure, finishing or polish issues and insect infestation, to qualified expert professional opinion in disputes between a client and a furniture supplier/maker. Similarly, assessment of repair needs are provided for insurance purposes in cases where, for example, furniture is damaged during storage and/or delivery, water damage, etc.

Consultancy rates:
  • 1. Initial consultation: Usually no charge if your location is within a 50 mile round trip by car from the home base. Subsequent to this initial exploratory meeting to define the scale and scope of the consultancy required the client is provided a written quotation for an agreed schedule of work, including charges and terms of business, etc. The schedule of work and terms must be accepted in writing by the client prior to work commencing.
  • 2. Fees: Fees vary depending on the nature of the work: rates available upon request.
  • 3. What is provided? This depends upon the nature of the advice or consultancy required. It may be, for example, that a satisfactory resolution can be furnished at the initial consultation, and normally attracts a charge. In other cases an illustrated written report to present to third parties is required. Alternative outcomes may be necessary dependent on the client's needs.

Furniture design and manufacture

I undertake a variety of furniture commissions for which I have standard charges and terms of business. The process usually  involves the client contacting me and we meet, most commonly  at the client's home, office, etc where an overview can be formed of the final location of the piece and a sense of the client's, needs, preferences, etc. At the initial meeting we discuss the range and scope of the project and establish the budget. I can also work from initial sketches and designs emailed or posted to me by the client. 

After the initial meeting a written brief is created and forward this to the client to ensure that the essential needs and parameters of the project are described and itemised. This ensures that both parties are working towards the same goals. If there are any discrepancies this is the ideal opportunity for corrections to take place.

After this the process of designing the piece or pieces begins. When concept sketches and presentation drawings are ready the client is contacted and, usually, another meeting arranged to present the design or designs along with an indication of charges, including delivery and installation charges if these apply.

There may be further refinement of the design work required. Small changes are usually quite simple to manage on the spot, but major changes might need further design development, additional concept sketches and a new cost estimate.

When the client approves the design the necessary working drawings are created, all the charges are finalised and any other fees, eg, delivery and installation. The client approves the job by signing an agreement and a deposit paid. A delivery date is discussed and agreed at this point and the work begins.

  • A deposit secures a firm date for work commencement. 
  • The delivery date given in a quotation or an estimate is always a set number of days or weeks, etc, after work commencement, eg, completion and delivery of the item will be six weeks after commencement of work.

Fees/ Charges

  • Initial consultation: no charge.
  • Design fees: Initial concept sketches usually free of charge. 
    • Thereafter, relatively straightforward design development work attracts no charge. 
    • Complex design work requiring significant research, resolution of technical challenges, presentation drawings and comprehensive working drawings may attract a fee, and if this is the case charges and terms are discussed at the initial meeting.
    • Design fees are non-refundable if the client decides not to go ahead with the project, but are deducted from the cost of completed projects.
  • Deposit: usually 40%, but sometimes 30% or 35%, of the estimated or quoted charges for the project.
  • Progress payments: typically a payment of 50% of the balance is required a week before delivery.
  • Final payment: normally 10% payable at delivery and/or installation.

Notes

  • I retain all intellectual property rights to my design work.
  • Clients receive copies of concept drawing and/or presentation drawings-- see example below.
  • Design fees exclude the provision of working drawings (orthographic projections) to the client. The client may request a copy of the working drawings as part of a firm order to commission a design.
  • Where a client does not commission a design the working drawings may be purchased for an agreed fee.
  • I do not break down estimates into constituent parts, e.g., I do not separate out and itemise my material costs and labour costs. I present a total figure for a complete item.

Below: Typical concept drawing

sample drawing

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