Due to the custom nature of our business, we regard each project we do as an original work. This normally dictates that we do an individual analysis and quote on each inquiry. Many factors can affect this quotation, from initial client input, to the design itself or design time, to site requirements, materials used, consultations, site visitations, finishes, and so on. While we typically don’t charge our clients for an initial verbal consultation, creating conceptual drawings, additional phone consultations, and site visitations can add up to a substantial expenditure of time. Where necessary, as determined by us, a fee may be assessed for this preparatory time. This fee will release the client from any copyright infringement on any artworks submitted by us. Until this fee is paid we will retain the rights to all artwork provided by us.
Once a firm concept is determined, we will furnish a quote to you in writing. Upon acceptance, we ask for a deposit of half down on your commission. Upon receipt of your deposit we will schedule your project and notify you on anticipated completion. Our philosophy is to not only create what was asked for, but to go that extra step to insure that you get our best. When we are satisfied that is the case, your project will be signed with our touchmark. That is our literal “stamp of approval”.
Typically in our work, design is secondary to function. Function entails not only what the piece must accomplish, but how. Once function has been factored in, design can be considered. What we wish to denote here is that while a specific design from the client may be desired, it may need to be “ tweeked “ to achieve it’s function first and that may impact the resultant design. This adjustment is typically so minor as to not change the design, however, be assured that we don’t go forward on any project without the client’s approval.
Design is a very subjective item. We feel that good design is arrived at with the input of all involved if it is to be successfully achieved. Architectural style, your sense of style, our input, historical references, the budget, all affect the final product. If you have a firm idea on design and it is based in blueprints, cad file, jpgs, or even a conceptual sketch, then we have a starting point. Realize that even with this information we may have to produce a full size working or shop drawing to estimate. We can also produce the design for you, and will do so in the most cost effective manner feasible. We typically work with conceptual sketches to convey the idea. We do not focus on one particular style of ironwork, but instead are continually trying to seek out new challenges and ideas.
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