We’ve been thrilled with the response to the launch of our new DAVIDSON Fitted service and have had the pleasure of helping our clients create everything from bookcases to full libraries and from drinks cabinets to complete home cinemas. But we know that choosing a fully fitted option comes with a host of decisions and questions, so we asked Alexander Webb, from our creative and technical team, to help answer some of the most common queries that clients ask us.
Design and ordering:
How much input can I have into the design?
Every DAVIDSON project – be it a single item of furniture or our fitted service – is a collaboration between you and our team. So, how much input you want to have is entirely down to you. We want you to feel involved in all the key moments, confident in our service and, ultimately, ecstatic about the final product. At the same time, it’s part of our job to keep on top of broader trends and influences – I’m always checking out galleries and new restaurants for inspiration – and we love to bring that into our conversations with clients.
The beauty of working together is that we can help you create something truly unique. For example, I’ve created a staircase where the design for each spindle was based on the setting in the client’s engagement ring and I’ve created a dressing room where each compartment was designed and built for a specific piece of jewellery, pair of shoes or handbag.
Do you provide a mock-up of what the room will look like?
In the first instance we can create rendered drawings to give you an idea of how a room or space will look with our fitted pieces in it. Once those are signed off and we’re committed to working together, we’ll create mood boards with colour and texture schemes, inspirational images and sources of influence; this is where we can really play with elements of your personality and tastes. From there, and depending on budget, we can create three-dimensional mock-ups of pieces. These show you exactly how different materials will look together, for example how metal and fabric and timber might meet on a cabinet door. I think that’s one of the real benefits of working with DAVIDSON – we care about the craftsmanship and these physical visual aids really demonstrate the quality of our work.
Can electrical items, such as televisions and audio units, be incorporated into the furniture?
Indeed, they can! In fact, we specialise in the integration of audio/visual, mechanical and electrical items within a fitted specification and we’ll work out all the details for incorporating those items within a space. We also work closely during the design phase and on-site with other trades to make sure you experience a seamless project and end up with a stunning result.
Do you provide samples of the timber and finishes available?
We do. Samples are available from our showroom at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour. These are useful visual aids to help you get a feel for your project right from our first meeting. Once we’ve agreed design intent with you, we can then supply samples so you can get a feel for them in your own space to make sure that the styles and shades are what you’re looking for.
When do you take measurements?
We’ll arrange an initial site survey at your earliest convenience. This will give us a good feel for the space in which we’re working and helps us gather more information which, in turn, leads to richer design options. If that’s not possible for any reason – for example, if we’re working with you on a new build – then we can base initial concepts on floor plans and elevations. Once design intent is approved, we’ll come back to your home and carry out a comprehensive site survey from which we’ll then create the working drawings.
How long will it take from order to installation?
Every project is unique and we’ll design the process around you. How long that takes will depend, though, on the complexity of the project. Once all the elements are approved, we’ll move into production and at this point we’ll be able to give you a much clearer indication on key project milestones and completion dates. Many clients find that this approach helps them to integrate our plans into any other work going on in the house. On larger projects, we are completely accustomed to creating full work schedules and programmes to ensure we meet key dates and we always provide plenty of notice should changes occur.
All that said, a typical fitted project can take anywhere between 12-24 weeks for production, with fitting following on from there. But, where possible, we’ll always do whatever we can to work around your schedule.
Will my furniture be built on site or at a workshop?
We do as much of the construction work as possible in our workshop. That way we can keep our time on site as short, simple and unobtrusive as possible. We’ll also endeavour to keep our on-site work limited to what we call ‘dry fix’, but if we do need to carry out any messy or dusty work in your home we’ll aim to get that completed in the early stage of the project and we’ll always leave the site clean and tidy.
Pricing and Finance:
Can you give me some idea of cost before I ask to create a design?
We usually discuss costs after our initial design meeting – that gives us a chance to understand what you’re looking for and, if you know, what sort of budget you have in mind. After that meeting, we will be able to give you an estimate based on your requirements. Because of the bespoke nature of what we do, prices will depend on the scale and complexity of your project, your choice of materials and finishes. We’ll always do our best to work within your needs so if you have a budget in mind, we recommend sharing that early on – that way we can tailor options to fit within your expectations.
What is your payment schedule?
On our standard free-standing pieces, we ask for a 50% deposit up front with the balance due prior to delivery. But when it comes to fitted furniture and joinery, our payment terms vary depending on the project and your specific requirements. Once we have a better understanding of what you’re looking for we will be able to give you a clearer idea. We believe in being transparent on all our costs – we’ll discuss them with you throughout the design phase and you won’t get any nasty surprises in terms of hidden costs. Any extras will be flagged as we go along and would only go ahead with your approval.
When would I pay a deposit and how much is it?
Following our initial design consultation and design intent visuals, and assuming you would like to go ahead, we would then request a 5% design fee based on our initial estimate. This solidifies our working relationship and ensures we can give you the time and experience required to turn your ideas into reality.
If you’re interested in finding out more about DAVIDSON fitted furniture projects, get in touch today to arrange an appointment at our showroom in Chelsea. Or to see examples of our fitted work, why not take a look at our Fitted Lookbook?