Custom woodwork built by a master can last a lifetime and beyond. Whether it’s a cozy reading nook next to your bay window, a restored, historic mantle around your fireplace, or the perfect configuration of cabinets in your newly designed kitchen, the goal is to create a space that makes you happy and comfortable.
We offer custom cabinets in San Francisco and southern California, in addition to millwork, wood windows and handcrafted wood furniture.
Like any project, custom woodwork that completely satisfies the customer depends on good communication. As simple as that sounds, getting everyone involved to speak the same language can be a challenge.
Here are a few tips that can improve communication on your project:
Pricing: compare apples to apples on custom kitchen bids
Getting bids on your San Francisco custom kitchen? If you plan to solicit bids from more than one builder, be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Ask for specific details about what’s included in the price. At a minimum, find out what materials and hardware will be used, as well as whether installation and sales tax are included in the bid.
Design: any custom cabinet project needs a plan
The absolute best way to approach a remodel or furniture build of any kind (including built-ins and freestanding pieces) is to plan it thoroughly before starting. Changes and indecision drive costs up and drag the timeline out.
For some homeowners, this means working with a professional designer. An interior designer has a passion for planning wonderful spaces. A good designer can help you create a plan you love; those plans communicate to the builder exactly what you want. You might go through one or more rounds of drawing revisions, communicating with your designer and woodworker, to ensure that every detail is the way you want it.
Attention: your understanding and review are critical
As the homeowner, your role is to stay invested in the process. You should carefully review the drawings and reply in a timely manner with any changes or questions.
Always speak up if there is something you don’t understand completely. Don’t be afraid to ask the woodworker or designer to go over every single detail on the drawing and explain what it means. Once the drawings are approved, changes inevitably cause delays and added cost.
Communication: keep your contractors informed
Once the project is underway, your woodworker depends on organizational efficiency as much as any other contractor. There is a process that helps you get the best results from your remodel. For example, your floor should be done before your cabinets are installed.
Some homeowners let a general contractor handle project management and contractor communication. Hiring a general contractor is not required. Just know that if you don’t, you’ll be in the project manager’s role.
Patience: relish the excitement
Most people are ready for the remodeling project to be done before it’s done. Hang in there and try not to lose patience when the end is in sight. Kitchen remodels and custom cabinets are great ways to improve your home and your quality of life. A temporary inconvenience is worth gaining an artisan piece of furniture that can last a lifetime, bringing beauty and warmth into your home.