Process and Pricing

Bespoke cabinetry is a world away from flatpack furniture

We understand that different solutions have vastly different price points.

The type of projects we are commissioned for, you simply cannot get off the shelf, and that’s part of what makes our results so special. But there’s no getting around it: our thoughtfully designed cabinetry will cost you considerably more than retail furniture.

A master craftsman making high quality, individual pieces in fine timbers cannot compete with a factory pumping out cookie cutter cabinets. But those factories cannot create the individualised, beautiful built-in cabinetry that we can do for you.

Built-in bookshelves versus retail furniture – a price comparison:


Retail ‘Flatpack’

Mass produced bookshelves $300

Retail ‘Imported’

Store bought bookshelves $4,500

Santer Interiors

Built-in bookshelves $10,000

We’re more akin to interior architecture than furniture

Finely crafted, built-in cabinetry is a specialist field. If you judge our costs against retail furniture, you may think it expensive. If you compare our costs to home renovation then we provide a highly cost-effective way to ‘uncompromise’ your home. Tailor-made cabinetry will enhance the look of your property and make it ‘smoother’ to live in, bringing practicality and sophistication that you simply cannot get off-the-shelf – at any price.


‘Here’s a picture, how much would you charge for this?’

It’s a perfectly simple question that we’re asked all the time, unfortunately, the answer has complexity. If you understand finely crafted, custom made cabinetry is a significant step up from retail furniture, and you’d like to move onward to an accurate cost, then we will ask for a small commitment from you.


Creating fine cabinetry is an exacting process, and so is the estimating process

To give you an accurate quote for your project, we need an accurate design blueprint. A concept drawing or similar is not enough. We need to create our own construction design, that considers hundreds of small details: the type of timber or veneer, the direction of the grain, the type of joints, the hardware, what can be done in the workshop, what needs doing on location and more.

To create a working construction design we need to visit your home, measure up and then create an accurate 3D visualisation to plan the materials and process. Doing this can take a day or more of our time, so for this, there has to be a charge.

Peace of mind

If you have a budget that you’re willing to share with us, then we should discuss it – realising your project allowance early-on can help us consider practical ideas with a transparent understanding of the potential.  With this discussion in mind, we can work towards a cabinetry design that adopts your specific project needs and cost expectations together.


The first step is to start the conversation and make an appointment with Neil at our studio workshop in Midland:

built in stair cabinetry
custom made bookshelves
custom made bookcase
Custom made bar for man cave
Luxury feature table
Custom made display cabinet
Built in wall cabinetry with feature paneling
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