If you’ve ever encountered a creaky wardrobe or a bathroom cabinet door that won’t shut tight, chances are you’ve seen questionable carpentry in action. It’s a cause of annoyance that compromises your day-to-day user experience.
Carpentry is an indispensable part of home renovation. Most fixtures, such as kitchen and TV cabinets, are meant to be durable and resilient. They are therefore considered long-term investments and could incur a significant cost. But, how can you be sure you’re paying the right people for the desired outcome? Can you trust the carpenters to deliver precision and professional craftsmanship?
Typically, interior design firms offer two types of carpentry services: in-house and outsourced. This article will compare the respective pros and cons to help with your decision making.
The majority of interior studios outsource carpenters that are stationed overseas where production cost is lower and materials are easily obtained. Occasionally, they engage local craftsmen. In most cases, it results in a much more affordable quotation.
However, this prevents interior designers from monitoring the process effectively. They generally have less confidence in the finishing quality, as they have a limited degree of control over the material and hardware selection.
Furthermore, if after-sales support is ever required, it may take longer to attend to your demands.
It’s no easy feat for interior firms to own a carpentry workshop in Singapore. To establish an in-house factory, they have to cross multiple hurdles and overcome constraints in terms of manpower, materials and space.
As a result, in-house carpentry tend to be more expensive. The company’s expenditure on talent acquisition, operations, utilities and more will be reflected in your bills.
On the plus side, interior designers find it easier to communicate specific requirements, making it possible to produce truly unique solutions for your specific needs. Local workshops also allow designers to oversee the processes more closely. Thus, quality is assured.
Additionally, since the carpentry is carried out locally, modifications and warranty requests can be taken care of in a timely manner.