frequently asked questions



WHAT DOES JULIAN & SONS DO?

Julian and Sons is a high end custom woodworking facility, specializing in designing and building custom furniture and architectural millwork. We combine these features to create entire wood environments instead of “just” furniture pieces. We can take each project from design to completion. Our specialties include executive offices, boardrooms or media rooms, trophy rooms, libraries, gun rooms, kitchens, wine rooms... virtually anything in which fine woodwork is involved.

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Where do we start?

The sooner we are involved in the design or conception stage, the better. Our experience in the construction industry and design layout may help to save time and money in the overall project. Ready to get started, or do you have any questions?
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What is the design process?

After a consultation interview we start with the concept drawings, which we will send out with a proposal. If the contract is rewarded, we will then start on the detailed drawings and continue to work with our client until they are completely satisfied with the overall design.

The design process depends upon the size or scope of the project. Small projects may be planned over the phone or with e-mails; however, a more complex project may require a consultation interview. After a consultation interview we will provide a scope of work proposal. Then we can proceed with the concept drawings, layouts, and price estimates. If a contract is rewarded the project is put onto our schedule. We will continue to work with the client and all necessary parties involved in the project.

 

Do you actually build the room?

For many projects, especially smaller projects, we generally will assist your local contractor and let them spearhead the construction of the substructure and coordinate the mechanical sub-contractors. However, we have the capabilities to run an entire project if you so desire. We are team players and realize that, for a project to run smoothly and efficiently, all parties involved must work together in order to achieve the best results. Thanks to our experience in these specialized projects, we have met some very qualified technicians and artists who may be able to enhance the project. Aside from design consultation and project coordination, Julian and Sons' expertise is in the field of custom cabinetry and architectural millwork.

 

I ALREADY HAVE AN ARCHITECT AND/OR INTERIOR DESIGNER. WILL YOU WORK WITH THEM?

Absolutely! We are team players who work for your best interest. We have worked with many fine architects, designers, artists, and specialists that share our knowledge and experience. Thanks to this experience we can mutually share important input from the design stage forward. This will save you both time and money, ensuring a better project overall.

 

HOW DO I PERSONALLY GET STARTED WITH A TROPHY ROOM PROJECT?

Call us and we will schedule an interview with you. Custom design is very personal, and we want the project to reflect your personality, not ours. We need to get to know you as an individual, then we will have somewhere to start. The interview gives us insight on your likes and dislikes. Also, since most of our work is in very specialized areas, we try to cover some of the mechanical and structural considerations. This is where we can help get the project started in the right direction, which ultimately saves you both time and money. Our consultation fee is $3,000.00 plus travel expenses. We try to fly as economically as possible in order to save you unnecessary expense.

We encourage all major people involved in the project (i.e., the spouse, the architect, the builder, design person, etc.) to be involved in the interview. More heads are better than one, and if all are working together for your best interest the project will run more smoothly.

 

What woods do you use?

Fine woods are like fine food: everyone has their own palate. We strive to use a wood that appeals to you because it is your project. We will, however, recommend woods to you based upon our interview. We hope to help you create something personal and unique. We mostly use American Black Walnut, along many different exotic hardwoods from Africa and South and Central America. Exotic woods include: Padauk, Bubinga, Wenge, Black Limba, Sipo, Sapele, and many other exotic woods. Domestic woods include: Cherry, Oak, Hickory, Maple, Fir, and others.

 

What's your turn-around time?

That depends on the size of the project. We generally stay booked up on larger projects for four to six months. That is why we want to start in the beginning design stage, so we can coordinate scheduling. Sometimes these projects are years in the making. Smaller projects, such as individual pieces of furniture, take less time and can be worked into production more easily.

 

Do you have a catalogue or price list?

Because all of our projects are custom and unique, we do not have a standard price list. Our completed projects are our catalog. On our website we have many photographs showing the quality of our work and our design capacity. Pricing of each project is based on the scope of the work and the many variables involved. We don’t like surprises and neither do our clients, so everything will be spelled out in a honest and fair price. If a change is made ‘mid-stream’ a change order will be implemented immediately, not at the end of the project. Our clients have found us more than competitive for the quality of our work. We are proud of our reputation of honesty and integrity.

 

HOW DO YOU GET THE MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS TO THE PROJECT?

That varies according to the size of the project. If we are building an art pedestal, it will be cost effective to crate and ship the piece directly to you. On the other hand, if we are doing an entire room or large project (i.e., an office or trophy room), we will ship or bring the components with us where we will install and finish our work on the project site. This allows us to complete our portion of the project “turn-key.”

 

MY WIFE IS NOT CRAZY ABOUT A “TROPHY ROOM.” HOW CAN I WORK THIS OUT?

Our goal is to help you design a livable and functional game room where you and your family will want to spend time together and entertain friends, not just a wall with a lot of “dead animals.” Tastefully designed, the personality of your hunting passion can reflect a warm, interesting, tactful atmosphere. The woodwork and furniture we design lends functionality to the environment. Such pieces could include entertainment centers, bars, gun cabinetry, and the like.

 

DO YOU BUILD JUST A SINGLE PIECE OF FURNITURE?

Yes! We can work from a photo, sketch, or idea. We can usually design the piece over the phone, by email, or through faxes. 


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