Artisan Design Concepts
Custom Made Items
VALUE VERSUS PRICING
Artisan Design Concepts
CUSTOM MADE ITEMS –
VALUE VERSUS PRICING
You’ve heard someone say it. You may have even expressed this yourself, “Things just aren’t made the way they used to be.” Whether your statement applied to something you purchased for your home or your business there’s no question that it’s frustrating. Our parents and grandparents love to share stories about cars, appliances, tools and any number of other items they’ve had for 20 or 30 years that still work as well as they did when they first bought them. Today, we’re lucky if something still works properly 5 or 10 years after purchase. For some items it’s by design. Called planned obsolescence, certain items are designed to wear over time so that you will have to replace them. Other items wear out because they are now made with less expensive materials that can’t withstand the rigors of regular use. As a society, we have accepted these changes and adapted to them. The good news is Artisan Design Concepts takes pride in producing custom-made items that will stand the test of time.
Let’s get this out of the way and clear the air. Yes, a custom-made item is going to seem expensive. Yes, it will cost you more than a piece from a mass-produced retailer. Yes, you’re going to have sticker shock if you’ve never explored the wonderful world of custom-made items. But please don’t panic! Don’t let sticker shock get the best of you! Let us show you the value of custom items and you won’t go back to mass-produced items.
We’ve become so accustomed to buying what’s available in stores or online, right off the shelf. It’s easy to forget that commissioning a piece from skilled local craftspeople is even an option.
Like a custom engagement ring or made-to-measure tailored suit, purchasing a custom-made item is an adventure with a unique result that is entirely personal to you.
Many people assume that custom products are out of their price range. They automatically think that mass produced pieces are the more economical choice. What they may not understand, however, is how much effort and craftsmanship goes into creating custom-made pieces.
The price for custom items reflects the product’s quality. At Artisan Design Concepts, particularly, we do not just randomly name our price. We consider all the factors involved in producing high-standard products, beforehand. We base our custom item costs on the quality of the material and the amount of work that goes into making each customized piece.
What are the benefits of working with an artisan on a custom piece?
1. tailored to you
When you work together with Artisan Design Concepts to create a unique item, you can bypass the middlemen and the tastemakers. You don’t have to ask for permission to make your choice. Instead, you can embrace your creative vision and share it with a skilled professional to bring it to fruition. Whatever your tastes or needs are, we can work with you to create tailored, unique pieces. If you have the spark of an idea in your mind, we can draw it out and help it grow into a finished item.
2. Focus on quality using skill, knowledge and technique
Making a one-off item involves a level of care and focus unparalleled by mass-produced goods. We don’t produce large quantities with a relentless drive to reduce costs. Instead, we treat each piece like a work of art that represents our craft. When you commission us to make a piece of furniture, a countertop, epoxy handle, fishing rod or artwork, you are trusting in our skills and abilities as artisans to make your piece. We are dedicated to continually learning and honing our craft, investing in the proper tools and shop space to make your piece. We love what we do, and nothing leaves our shop that we are unhappy with. We put in countless hours on a single piece to ensure that our quality standards are met in the final product. We have been known to refinish a piece after it is done because we can see sanding marks when the finish is applied.
3. Building an emotional connection
Commissioning a custom-made piece introduces sentimentality and meaning. Often you have a part in shaping the products final design. It’s an investment in a piece and story that can be passed down to your kids, and theirs. As a company that specializes in custom products, we understand that our clients feel a degree of self-satisfaction when they see their designs and concepts become a reality. As such, we take pride in making our customers’ dreams come to pass. Plus, keep in mind that custom pieces will last, for years to come, unlike mass-produced items which may need regular replacement. So, your initial expense may prove more cost-efficient, in the long-term.
Will it be expensive? Not necessarily, although getting something custom made by an expert craftsperson is not an exercise in buying something at the lowest possible price. If you’ve found something available at a retailer that is mass-produced overseas, it’s very unlikely that you will find a local maker able to produce it for you at a lower cost.
The true value of getting something custom made will often exceed the price paid. You’re getting exactly what you want directly from an expert local craftsperson and receiving a high-quality sustainably made product that is built-to-last, while also helping to preserve and support time-honored skills. It’s an investment in something that matters.
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