• Happy 2017!

    Happy 2017!

    Here’s to a spectacular 2017!

    At UFM Designs, we’ve got lots to celebrate and share, with a completely revamped design studio coming soon, and 2 fully re-tooled websites. Our new homes on the web are http://www.ufmdesigns.com and http://unfinishedfurnituremart.com, the home of our UFM Made Solid line, and our personal shopping services, compliments of our wood expert.

    Our team hashed out all the details with our new manager/owner, Ryan Hedgecock,leading the charge.  It just so happens that Ryan’s an Emmy Award Winning designer (he’s not one to toot his own horn, so maybe you’ve known him for years, and had no idea…).

    We chose designs that are light, responsive, and easy to navigate. Our new sites are designed and coded by Gearhead — let us know if you’d like us to connect you to him. He’s a good friend of Ryan’s and an award winning web designer as well. And, we’re really excited about our two new sites. Both are packed with information, feature regular design ideas from Ryan, and make it easy to connect with us by email, or through social media.

    Also, new this year is our Personal Shopping Service, mentioned previously. So if you are looking for something specific, and don’t know that much about buying raw wood furniture and how it all works, Ryan can personally guide you through the process. This way, you’ll get to use your creativity and customize something that will last for generations.

    And… yes, our brick and mortar design space is a work in progress. It’s going to be a creative space to meet with Ryan by appointment only where you can sit down together and brainstorm for the custom pieces you want in your space.

    We’re know how fortunate we are to have such wonderful new and long-time customers and friends of UFM Designs. Thank you for your business, your kind referrals, and most of all for being part of our eco-friendly real wood family!

    Wishing the very best to you and yours for 2017!

    Ryan Hedgecock and the UFM Design Team

  • Flexible Investment: Build, Buy or DIY

    Flexible Investment: Build, Buy or DIY

    Someone asked me the other day how to know whether they should build or buy. We’re flexible, and can help you do either. We have a personal shopper service available, where you get to work one on one with our wood experts to find exactly the right unfinished solid wood pieces.

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    That being said, I get this question frequently, and I always answer, “It depends…” and then suddenly I’m the one asking all the questions. LOL  So, I thought this might make a helpful blog article. Of course, I’m still more than happy to answer any questions personally — and I hope you’ll feel comfortable calling to ask — but this will be a great jumping off place.

    First of all, do you own your home?  If you own your own place, it makes a lot of sense to go custom, partly because you can do whatever you want, and partly because it’s an investment you can also write off on your taxes.  If you don’t own your own space, you can still go with custom wood furnishings, as long as the pieces are movable and don’t cause damage to the owner’s property — and we make certain that they can fit out the doors!

    If you live in a rental, and you really find your current kitchen unbearable, speak to the owner and see if he/she might be willing to split the cost of improvements with you. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and once you get a green light, we’re happy to be part of the conversation with your landlord. It’s a little different situation, but totally do-able. As long as everybody wins, we’re good.

    Are you working with a contractor on a remodel, or would you like us to refer one to you?  If you’re working with a contractor on a remodel, it’s easy for us to sit down with you and your team to help get you the look you want, and maximize the space in any room in your home or office.
    Because of my experience as a set designer, I’m used to working with many different teams of people, in a variety of mediums. Everything is built from scratch pretty much every time I work on a show. I’ve learned to work quickly and efficiently and stay within a set budget, and my experience there has also given me an enhanced eye for design. I know how to help you create the ambience that you want to bring into your space.

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    My design sense gives me a more holistic view of your home, so the ideas I bring to the table can help you meet the vision you have of your dream home, within your given space.

    How important to you is a flexible investment? We’re able to have complete control over your project, and we can craft pieces that will stand the test of time. You’ll be able to add to them later on if you like, or to strip them down and change the entire look and feel. You can enlarge or downsize later on as technology advances.

     

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    Do you care about the environment, and/or do you have chemical sensitivities?  You can choose the greenest products to use as finishes and paints available on the market, which makes your environment immediately healthier.

    We don’t use products that off-gas because we don’t like to feel sick while we’re working, and we definitely don’t want to leave that behind as our calling card!  Our mission is to make your space an oasis of serenity — nothing less.

    Does this type of project make the most sense for you financially right now? Sometimes, due to your budget, buying pre-made raw pieces will give you some creative control, while being more cost effective than custom pieces.  You can always sell them later when and if things shift in a different direction for you down the line. As I mentioned previously, we’re flexible and can help you find a beautiful solid wood pieces here.

    If you think of other questions that aren’t asked or answered here, please leave them in the comments or get in touch. We love being to help make people’s dream homes the places they actually live in.

  • Practical Elegance in a Stylish Entertainment Unit

    Practical Elegance in a Stylish Entertainment Unit

    Creating this custom designed wood entertainment center turned out to be one of our very favorite projects — kind of from start to finish. Our client wanted something that would make the most of the space, and feel glossy and sumptuous. 

    Once we decided on the scope of the project, I took measurements and sketched up a hand drawing, based on our discussion, and together, we came up with an elegant, contemporary design. 

    One of the benefits that comes with working with a musician is that I have a very clear understanding of electrical gear.  It’s crucial to design with those needs in mind from the get-go. Electrical equipment heats up, so it needs ventilation. I plan our pieces with the gear in mind.  After all, we want our clients to be happy with the UFM Designs process.

    There are usually multiple cables for each component.  You need to plan for discrete openings and spaces to connect all of your devices, and to do so without your finished product looking like it’s supporting a heart transplant patient. You’ll notice as you look at this piece, that there are no protruding cables or wires anywhere.  What you have is a sleek, modern media center.

    One more thing — some companies charge extra for the little touches that make using the furniture we create pure pleasure, but they’re standard issue in all the gear we build. For example, the 4 side drawers are all on full extension glides.  And, each door is on a push latch system. No need to Macgyver anything  we produce.

We also have unfinished, ready to order pieces available on our UFM Made Solid site
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