I feel good after the client meeting. I’ve taken my notes, taken everything I need to into account. They have a good idea of what they want, I have a good idea of what they want. Time to sit down and start drawing. I’m not going to worry about how much this is going to cost right now, just throw some ideas out there, take control of the mouse and start constructing this in 2-D.
It starts with an outline of the space this will take up, and it’s a big space. This has got to be functional, it’s no good looking pretty if it won’t fit anything. I’m toggling between my drawing program and Firefox for reference, pages of images of Victorian wardrobes, trying to find a common denominator, styling clues to draw inspiration from. I know the size, now it’s a case of working out the proportions to start, then the details, interior fit, incorporating everything the client wants in a package that I can build, transport and assemble in a seamless way.
Bun feet. I really like the look of them on some of the Googled images, but they won’t work for this application owing to the dips and rises in the floor over the 10’6” span. No kind of foot will do, this job is going on a plinth, it has to. This decision is really going to set the tone for the job, a plinth that the carcases can sit into. We discussed making this a breakfront, full length mirrors will be a feature – it’s natural to incorporate them in the middle section, breakfront it is, the plinth made in three sections so when it comes to installation, the bottom can be scribed to the floor. I’m seeing beads on most of the images I’m using for reference, a 1/2” bead to break the plinth and the carcase, it’s a nice feature, it’s so nice it deserves to be repeated on the frieze rail, it just looks right there. I know there will be a budget to work to, yes, it’s a fantastic old house, but these fantastic old houses are money pits. This is a design constraint, so I aim to keep it simple.
For me, this is the design process. No decisions are made without good reason, whether that be it fits with the style, or it fits with the making.
Best not to do it all in one go. Take a break, look at it again tomorrow. If it looks right then, it probably is right. More thought, more Googling for reference in case there’s anything you missed. Questions. How can I do this? can I do this with what I have? Back for another session pushing the mouse around, this goes here, that goes there – until everything is in its right place.
I’m confident that what I have is close to my client’s expectations. Drawing saved, now for some slight variations drawn on layers, so I can toggle between versions.
Save them out as a pdf, compose an email, hit send. The waiting begins…