Why go for bespoke solutions? Why Wood?
There is no doubt that a bespoke solution will take longer than a quick trip to IKEA® and a couple of hours with a screwdriver.
By “solution” I mean loosely a piece of furniture that fulfils a useful, practical function in your home. It either facilitates an activity, such as sitting, lying down, working, preparing food, eating, playing etc. or it provides storage, somewhere to display things or put them out of sight.
By “bespoke” I mean a unique item made for your specific needs and to fit your specific space. This can include the modification of a bought item to tailor it to meet your needs.
Your decision-making process will no doubt include:
- How much you need or want the item,
- What your tastes and preferences are,
- The availability of a mass-produced solution, and
- The price you are prepared to pay.
Generally speaking if you need it now, are happy with a shop-bought item which is available and reasonably priced, you will probably buy it. But have you made a well-informed decision?
Your “need or want” is a matter of fact. As already stated, a bespoke solution is not usually a quick solution, especially if you want a high quality finish.
“Tastes and preferences” are more complex. If money were not an issue, most people would prefer a beautiful unique solution. That view is based on the assumption that a bespoke solution will be expensive. I believe that, if people knew the real value for money that a bespoke solution represents, many would re-think their decision. Also, whilst many people never consider how many others own the same off-the-shelf solution, there are those who prefer a more elegant and unique solution. If you took the time to make an enquiry about having a tailor-made solution, I believe you would be pleasantly surprised.
“Availability” is an issue. In our consumer-driven, hi-tech, disposable society, waiting is seldom an option. As Diageo’s late 1990’s Guinness advertising campaign says….
Finally we come to the “price you are prepared to pay”. I believe that a unique, beautifully crafted, quality solution, which exactly meets your needs and will last several lifetimes, is worth every penny. I also believed that, more than likely, it will cost less than you think. Why not find out? If you want to see how you would be involved in the design and delivery processes take a look at my blog posts “My Design Process Steps” and “My Delivery Process Steps“.
- Wood is naturally beautiful and adds style, character and warmth. As it ages, it develops a patina which enhances its character.
- Wood offers exceptional value for money, especially compared with other high quality materials.
- Wood is tough and durable. It will take hard knocks in its stride and a good quality wood product will, with a little care and maintenance, last several lifetimes. Many Victorian houses still have their original wood windows and floors.
- Wood acts as a natural humidity regulator, absorbing humidity in damp conditions and releasing moisture in dry conditions.
- Wood is a material that’s simple to use, to maintain and to repair.
- Wood, as a natural, renewable product, has unique sustainability credentials:
- Wood and CO2 are natural partners. Trees absorb CO2 as they grow so the more forests we plant the more CO2 we can absorb.
- Modern forestry means that the planting and felling of trees is a well-managed cycle that maximises CO2 absorption and at the same time encourages biodiversity
- Timber is the only mainstream 100% renewable building material. Far from depleting natural resources, increased demand for sustainable timber increases demand for sustainable managed forest to provide it. It is a win-win situation.
Did you know?
- Wood has the best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream construction material.
- Wood has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material.
- A timber frame uses 3 tonnes of CO2 less than the 20 tonnes CO2 footprint of a typical 3 bedroom detached house.
- Wood from sustainably managed forests can actually be better than carbon neutral.
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