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Mark Taylor
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here's before...

Postby Mark Taylor » Tue, Oct 24 2006, 9:39AM

Let's hope there an after....
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this thing just about killed my computer.....
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backside of the island
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Brian Shannon
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Postby Brian Shannon » Tue, Oct 24 2006, 2:25PM


Nice Island. I'm curious. Did you charge for all of that design time? I don't, but I think most people in other areas do. It's getting to be too much time to give away.


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Postby Mark Taylor » Tue, Oct 24 2006, 3:14PM

I added $500 for design to the I can't say that I charged for all my time as I'm still on a reasonably steep learning curve with trying to take ecabinets a bit beyond simply designing \"boxes\". I worked most of the weekend to put is all together...I'm sure Dan or one of the Mike's could have it assembled in a few day maybe I will too.

BTW - the design was developed from a local architect's hand drawn sketch. That's part of the reason I didn't charge for all my design time. I've done a number of kitchens, baths, pantries and other basic cabinetry for their firm usually just supplying line drawings. However, I know he designs these \"custom pieces\" for his high end clientel and I would like to break into that market. I was hoping to capture his attention with this piece. (from the emails received by several of his draftsman this morning - I think it worked) I'm also working on a curved mahogany raised panel bar for him.

To truly answer your question, I, we all have to charge for our time - design, construction, delivery, installation...all of it is a skill set that our customer comes to us expecting to pay for. I believe the customer simply wants to feel they received good value or that they have spent they money wisely. So we focus on delivering our services in a professional manner and providing the customer with a quality product. I'm not the least expensive nor am I the most expensive in our area - and we have more work then we can possibly keep up with.

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Postby DanEpps » Tue, Oct 24 2006, 4:04PM


That is a VERY NICE design! Thanks for your vote of confidence but sometimes I wonder if I can ever design anything. I recently spent an entire week trying to design one simple piece of furniture because of some issues with the part editor. I would make a change to something and the top would flip upside down! On top of that it would take over an hour just to render.

Having a good drawing supplied to you always helps the design process. Most of what I get is a photo of an existing piece and a note that says something like \"we need to match this and the size needs to be...\"

Keep up the great work.

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