What is Value Engineering?
Value Engineering is defined as a systematic method to improve the ‘value’ of goods and services by using an examination of function. In plain English. that means engineering products to maximize their function as compared to their cost. A shorter version would be: “The cheapest way to do it right”.
How do you incorporate Value Engineering into hardwood Millwork and Mouldings?
As hardwood specialists, we can help you to maximize your designs based on specific wood species limitations or design considerations. That way you are able to design something beautiful, functional, and economical while using high quality hardwood materials. Since millwork and mouldings are so specific to each job, we can really focus in on what will work best for your needs.
For example, if you come to us with a specific size of Sapele moulding for your project, but we have a slightly smaller size that would provide you a significant savings in materials and costs then we can help you to respec your job to allow for a better bid. We can look at each of your millwork or moulding requests and recommend alternative species, sizes, and length that might provide you with savings, and, in turn, you can pass savings on to your customer.
We may also be able to make slight adjustments to your profile or our tooling that would allow us to make your profile out of a thinner and less wasteful piece of wood. This would help your costs and conserve valuable lumber resource.
How to address Color Variation in hardwood mouldings?
The biggest challenge for natural wood mouldings can be color variation. This can be a challenge depending on how easy the size or length of mouldings needed are. You can combat this problem by incorporating a stain in your finishing or choosing a species or size that is easier for grain and color matching.
How to deal with variables when designing and buying hardwood millwork and mouldings?
There are so many variable when building and using hardwood lumber; the most important thing to remember is that the builder, architect, and designer all need to communicate and work together with the lumber supplier. If we can understand your priorities and goals for your project, we can make sure to provide you with the best and most cost effective solutions to help make your work even better.
If you have any questions about Value Engineering, Color Variation, or any other elements of millwork and mouldings design, then please comment below or contact us today.