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 $12,000

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.

Our construction designs are made using 3d visualisation software, this helps us to plan the materials and build process.  As this can take a number of hours we may ask for a small design fee.

1) Book an appointment at our workshop

Start by making an appointment with Neil at our Midland studio/workshop. We will ask you to describe the kind of thing you’re imagining… some photos of the room and rough dimensions are also needed so we can start on a design.

2) Design progress

With most designs, there’s a bit of going back-and-forth and we often need to do a site inspection before we arrive at the final design. Because of the time commitment required from us, we may ask for a commitment from you, by way of a small design fee, and we can discuss this at your first appointment.

3) Final design and quote

The final design will come to you as a set of 3D images to help you imagine the finished piece, and these images will be accompanied with the project quote for your consideration.

4) Order

If you like what you see we will request a deposit and start straight away.

5) Build

Most of our projects take around eight weeks from order to completion. We try to do as much as possible in our workshop to avoid a mess in your home.

6) Installation day

With most of the work completed in the workshop, the installation can usually be done in one or two days. This part is enjoyable for all as your ideas become a reality.

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