We've heard and read hundreds of horror stories about blindly finding skilled furniture makers online, so imagine our joy when we found a gem in Martin. We asked for his help in creating a custom under-the-stairs cupboard and wardrobe cover, and we couldn't be happier about the results!
First thing we noticed was how professional and prompt he was in communicating. I first enquired through a private message on Houzz, and he offered to visit us to better assess our requirements. When he came, my husband and I had only been living for two weeks in our new place, so we were naturally very excited about customizing... just about everything. Instead of just jumping in on the job and taking advantage of our overeagerness, he graciously offered expert advice. He had us thinking about how we will really use the space, the pros and cons of fixtures, and the importance of 'not rushing into things'.
We appreciated how he walked us through the process---taking measurements, presenting his sketches, specifying materials and the purpose of each. He was very thorough and patient in answering all our questions.
Martin was also very professional in terms of keeping time, arriving on the dot on all our agreed-upon appointments. He kept his workplace (our tiny bedroom) tidy, cleaning up all the dust and wood shavings at the end of the day.
His output was just as we had envisioned it to be---sturdy and well-made (perfect for an OC person like me who cannot help but inspect every nook and cranny!) When we asked for his help, we were just so focused on the function, but Martin has shown us how crafting and working with wood is also an artistic process. His creation genuinely reflected passion and pride in his work.
And the price? So fair and on point! He charged as he had quoted, which helps when one has a strict budget.
Overall, just how satisfied are we? Let's just say we are so chuffed, we're extending his scope of work for the third time. He hasn't even finished the wardrobes yet when we knew that we would like him to help us in installing a coat rack and putting up a painting. Now that those are all out of the way, we have a console table and indoor bike rack installation lined up for him.
Thanks for being a dream to work with, Martin!
- Rhea and Ingo