When you go to the store to purchase furniture and other woodwork, it is often an exercise in compromise. You have a list of needs and wants, as well as a budget, and you have to settle for the piece you find that best matches these criteria.
If you are tired of compromising and ending up with pieces that don’t meet all your needs and wants, it is time to consider custom woodwork. When you choose custom woodwork, you may pay more, but at the end of the project, you can be sure that all your functional and aesthetic needs and wants will be met. Quality custom woodwork can also raise the value of your home or business.
While it can be exciting to choose custom woodwork, it can also feel overwhelming with the number of choices and decisions you have to make. Here are a few of the items you should discuss before commissioning a piece of custom woodwork:
- Choice of wood: Wood is divided into two main categories — hardwoods like cherry, maple and oak and softwoods like cedar, redwood and spruce. Each comes with advantages and things to consider, so it is important to choose the right wood for the use and look of the piece you are having created.
- Choice of finishing: The finish can drastically change the appearance of the wood, but it is also essential to protecting the piece and making it last longer.
- Budget: It is important that your woodworker know what your budget is prior to starting a project. This will affect what materials are used, the size of the piece and more.