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Design Process

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to remove." —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Scott Ernst Custom Woodworks offers its clients a dynamic design process and experience. Subtlety, simplicity, beauty and elegance are the vehicles for creating a piece of work that is a portrait of the client. Through an intuitive sense of design and function, custom one-of-a-kind pieces emerge, which meet the needs, purpose and dreams of the client.

Revolutionary Ideas, Evolutionary Design

Scott Ernst specializes in marrying a client's vision and desires with his artistic skills, design sensibilities and technical abilities. The process is inventive, synergistic and evolutionary. His intuition and experience can be relied on to guide and lead, to the extent that the client wants or needs it.

Clients come with the hint of an idea. Or they come with fully formed ideas and drawings. In both cases, the client is an integral part of the design. And in all cases, clients leave with custom, heirloom-quality pieces that are sculptural in their design, subtle in their beauty and functional in their form.

So How Does It Work?

Step One: Communication

Communication is the core of Scott's design process. The process begins with conversations that allow Scott to understand the client's desires, the function, the space and the design aesthetic or direction. Color palette, materials, form, proportions are all explored and carefully considered.

Step Two: Design Sketches

This step offers the client the opportunity to ensure that their desires have been effectively heard and accurately reflected. It invites deeper engagement in the design's improvisational dance. There is opportunity to explore, take risks, expand boundaries and sculpt away excess.

Step Three: The Concept

In this stage of the design process, sketches are finalized and worked up into a final design concept. A bid is prepared and the client can suggest necessary changes and make decisions about how to proceed.

Step Four: Final Drafts and Models

If necessary, full-scale final drawings or models are created to assist in the visualization. Price, timeline and delivery dates are determined at this stage for the client's final approval.