WELCOME TO BEAUXCRAFT
Custom wooden pieces from reclaimed or recovered materials. Each piece is unique and embodies love of craft and appreciation of nature.
...is done by our quality control department, pictured here testing a piece that was donated to the Ottawa Feline Cafe.
Our focus is on custom design/creation of creative furnishings and installation pieces (fountains, planters...). Uncomissioned pieces are made and sold also; these are generally both learning exercises for me and concept pieces made to help stimulate customers' imaginations.
Overall, working together to design the perfect piece for the customer's style and constraints is my methodology of choice. The amount of customer involvement varies, of course. Sometimes everything is decide together down to the smallest detail, sometimes (more often) a general design is agreed on and I go ahead and make what the wood and my aesthetic dictate. In all cases I provide pictures at each stage of design and construction, and options are given for any choices that need to be made (presuming the customer wants to be involved).
For example, one of the basic questions is what type of material to use for shelves/platforms; using purchased wood is usually the largest added cost. The alternative is using reclaimed materials, usually pressboard type materials recovered from bookcases, desks and similar.
Real wood is undeniably more aesthetically pleasing in a number of ways of course, but using reclaimed materials often restricts costs to preparation, assembly and finishing materials. Reclaimed material is usually obscured with paint, fake fur, carpeting, or similar.
Using live-edged wood is another alternative, which can be either purchased or, more rarely, collected. Collected pieces don't need to be purchased at market value but they can be worth a fair bit in and of themselves.
In short, design is a cooperative process involving both craftsman and customer, with options provided to the customer for each significant choice.
Generally a base price is set by agreement; this is decided based on time involved in the project, relevant details of design, complexity/scale of structure, and cost of materials.
Material cost is estimated by size of structure, number and size of platforms, and various design choices (bark on or off, hardwood or manufactured material, and similar concerns that are decided by the customer).
That price is to be altered only if also mutually agreed, usually only if a design choice is altered or features added/removed.
Cat trees begin at $200 (equivalent to high-end cardboard-and-carpet cat trees/condos).
Alternative payment arrangements are welcome; split payments, longer-term payment plans, payment in trade... in essence, whatever best suits the situation and the customer's resources. To be perfectly frank I am in the midst of making a name at this point; exposure and reputation are far more important than short-term profit.