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Bespoke architectural features bring a unique and sophisticated look to a project, but can often take longer to specify and install, driving up costs. Systemised products can provide that same handcrafted look while minimising the amount of work that needs to go into the specification and installation.

Using our new Free Standing Timber Screens as an example, we have outlined the specific ways a systemised product can save time and money on a project below.

Sculptform Timber Screens

The timber screens at Rydges Hotel Wellington Airport are an example of how our system can be used to create the look and feel of bespoke joinery.

1. Specify Quickly and Simply

Each architectural project has a specific design vision, and understandably, the architects and interior designers involved want to bring that vision to life. This requires a balancing act between specifying each aspect in enough detail and the famous time crunch of the documentation phase.

For bespoke solutions, this specifying process can involve in-depth research and a very specific explanation of everything from fixings to installation method. For a time-poor designer, this process is important but can often eat up time they simply don’t have.

Systemised products offer a solution to this problem while maintaining the specific look required to meet the design intent. By working within a system, the architect needs to make a few simple selections from a standard range to complete a specification. This removes some of the flexibility in the design, however, offers speed and an established process in return.

In the case of our Free Standing Screens, the designer only needs to choose batten profile, batten coating and the space between the battens. While other aspects of the system are customisable such as track colour or fixing method, these have a standard option which we will provide unless otherwise specified.

The ability to specify without needing to make every little decision saves the designers time, while also simplifying the job of the installer who will be building the screen.

2. Meet Design Expectations

Effectively communicating the design intent between the design team, builder and then the installer is crucial to delivering the client what was promised. For bespoke solutions, example imagery can be used however a higher level of explanation is required to keep everyone on the same page due to the design being so customised.  

Using a systemised product slightly decreases the level of customisability afforded to the designer, while helping to level out the expectations of all parties involved. By using a system with an established track record, from the start of the project everyone can understand; 

  • The cost of the end result
  • How it is expected to look
  • The method of installation

While it may sound obvious, bespoke solutions often lack clarity around these key areas, leading to issues when it comes to the actual installation. 

3. Fast, Accurate Installation

When it comes to installing an architectural element, speed and accuracy are the key factors. Extra time on-site means extra cost, which puts pressure on the project budget. Bespoke solutions are often extremely complex, which results in more labour hours to ensure accuracy.

Systemised products, particular ones with modular components like the entire Sculptform product range, maintain consistent installation methods between projects. This simple, fast installation method has been refined over the years, ensuring that the end result is installed in the quickest, most efficient way.

4. Pre-determined, Lower Costings

While design teams strive to fulfil the design vision of a project, budget constraints are another huge factor when making product decisions.

Bespoke solutions can require a bespoke approach, meaning there is no standardised system to follow for pricing. This can lead to inflated pricing as the installers try to mitigate any risk they are taking on.

By using a systemised product, all the pricing is standard. In the case of our Free Standing Timber Screens, all pricing is prepared in square metre rates, to make pricing even easier. This price includes everything from standard componentry to freight to site within Australia.

 

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We can help

The advantages of using a systemised building product over a bespoke solution present a compelling reason to consider an established product in the place of custom joinery on a project.

If you have a project requiring the use of one of our systems, email us at support@sculptform.com.au to speak with one of our project consultants on the best solution available.