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Design Services

     Woodwise offers a full custom design service. We use state of the art electronic drawings for maximum flexibility and comprehensive construction detail. A member of our design team will work with you to produce a finished design that fully reflects your personality and meets your needs. In most cases, we are building a completely custom piece of furniture to fit the specific purchaser’s requirements. However, we are also happy to modify Woodwise's timeless classic designs. Ask your designer for more details.
     Woodwise designs and produces freestanding, set-in and built-in furniture. Depending upon your needs, you can select the style that fits your space and budget.

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Styles of Furniture

Freestanding Furniture

     This furniture is designed as a single unit and is completely finished on both sides. This piece may be moved, as it is not secured to the walls or other sections of furniture.

Set-In Furniture

    This type of furniture is designed to be freestanding. It does not touch the ceiling or go completely from wall to wall in the room. Set-In furniture is designed to visually fill an area of the room.

  • Our unique construction methods cause the furniture to appear as one large piece of furniture.
  • When two or more cases sit side-by-side, they are bolted together and then share vertical trim moulding.
  • When crown moulding is used, the moulding is placed on a separate ‘cap’ that drops down on top of the multiple cases to form a continuous moulding across the top of the furniture.
  • This construction method provides for easy delivery and set-up, providing the built-in look without the high cost of installation.
  • The set-in design lets you preserve your custom furniture investment by giving you the freedom to move the furniture to a different room or a different home.

Built-In

     This option is the perfect solution when the piece of furniture must fill an alcove, touch the ceiling or go from wall to wall in a room.

  • A professional finish carpenter must install all built in furniture. The carpenter will remove any existing crown, middle and base moulding in the room and then attach the cases directly to the wall. The carpenter then cuts and installs crown, middle and base moulding for the cases so they match the existing ones in your home or office.
  • This furniture becomes a permanent part of your home. It cannot be moved to another room or another home.
  • Built-in furniture costs more because of the increased installation time.

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Planning an Entertainment Center

     The size of your room, the type and size of your electronic equipment, and your style and feature preferences will affect both the design and pricing of your entertainment center. This information is provided to help you assess your needs and preferences.
     Woodwise can use this information to estimate prices, clarify some of the option details, and then ensure a good fit. You can follow the steps below to begin the initial design of your entertainment center.

Step 1: Determine available space in the room.

  • Plot an overhead view of the room on graph paper.
  • Measure between the mouldings (shortest distance), take into account space needed for doors to open and space around windows for curtains, blinds or drapes.
  • Locate electrical outlets on the drawing.

Step 2: Determine the dimensions of the TV section.

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  • To determine the width of the TV section, measure the width of the TV, and add at least 4-6 inches. (Pocket Doors require that you add 7-9 inches).
  • To determine the depth of your TV section, measure the depth of the TV, including the wiring jacks. Add 1” if components will be behind doors.

Step 3: Determine dimensions of stereo section(s).

  • To determine the width of the stereo section(s), measure the widest stereo component, and add 3-5 inches.
  • To determine the depth of the stereo section(s), measure the deepest stereo component, including wiring jacks. Add 1” if components will be behind doors.

Step 4: Consider the points below when determining the best design for your needs.

At this point, it is helpful to sketch out frontal views for possible layouts. Consider the points below when determining the best design for your needs.

  • How much width is left after you account for the TV section? Do you have enough room for a stereo section on one or both sides of the TV section? Will you need to store stereo components above or below the TV?
  • How high off the floor do you prefer your TV for viewing? Generally, people like a bedroom TV higher than a family room TV. The VCR/DVD player can usually be located either over or under the TV.
  • If you have space left in your entertainment center after fitting in your components, would you like drawers for CD and VCR storage? Cabinet space? Open Shelving?
  • It is often helpful to mark an outline of the tentative design on your floor using masking tape. This helps you visualize how much space the furniture piece will occupy in the room and how it will affect traffic flow.

As always, Woodwise design consultants are always willing to help you design the best entertainment center for your personal needs.

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Planning a Home Office

     Technology has changed the way we work. A desk no longer suffices as an adequate work area. We now need ergonomically designed systems that accommodate the computer and all its components. In order to assist you in designing a system that provides you with space to work and proximity to all the frequently used components we offer the following check list.

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1: Determine the space available in the room.

  • Plot an overhead view of the room on graph paper.
  • Measure between the mouldings (shortest distance), take into account space needed for doors to open and space around windows for curtains, blinds or drapes.
  • Locate electrical outlets on the drawing.

2: Determine the equipment components & sizes.

  • Measure the height, width and depth of the various components and hardware.
  • Locate the electrical outlets and give some thought to where your surge protection will go, so you may minimize the number of grommets (holes) necessary in the furniture.
  • Note how you like to use your keyboard (on the desk, on a slide out drawer, etc.) and where you need to have your mouse for ease of use.

3: Determine what other tasks will be done in this area.

  • Writing and layout work will require a separate task area. Remember, this is an opportunity to have your space adapted to your needs.
  • Think about what common areas, if any, different tasks may share.
  • Remember to consider where you will be most comfortable in the room. For example, some people enjoy looking out the window while working, others appreciate a corner desk and still others would like to face the door.

4: Experiment with different layouts.

  • Try different layouts of your equipment.
  • Consider the storage areas for files, books, manuals and supplies.
  • Remember, the more options you consider the more likely you will find the right one for you.

As always, Woodwise design consultants are always willing to help you design the best home office for your personal needs.

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