Thanks.If I come to SD will the stores deliver to Sosua do you know and if so is it expensive?Forget about it, you need to come to the capital to find contemporary style furniture. We have 5-6 stores, plus a few real niche stores for lighting etc.
Good luck with that!Why not show a photo from the IKEA catalogue to a local carpenter and ask him to build it? You will get the style you want, and probably better quality
I must have got lucky then as I had furniture made, i.e. coffee table, side tables with glass inserts, a hall table, a CD/ video unit and a glass fronted cabinet for the lounge area all in hardwood plus headboard, corner dressing table unit with mirror, and bedside cabinets for the bedroom in pine and I am very happy with it all.Good luck with that!
As long as you know more than the carpenter, then you stand a good chance of getting something ok. If not, you will end up using 5-6 different guys before finding one that has a clue.
The #1 problem here is finish, they don't know how to. Most carpenters pick up bad habits and duplicate it to others. Most have no pride in their work and will give you the run-around. I have lost count how many "so called" carpenters we have tried and have yet to find someone half decent, sad but true.
The DR has no formal trade school system, it's all on the job training. That's not a bad thing, as long as the guy showing you knows what he's doing
We too found the most wonderful carpenter 7 years ago & have happily used him ever since. And I did exactly what john3 said: gave a copy of a catalogue from Butlers, High Wycombe, UK & itemised the pieces I wanted copied. The man is a real professional - no glue & nails, joins are dowelled in the old style craftsman fashion. This carpenter produces furniture for Distribudora Gonzalez in Puerto Plata but of course it is less expensive to go directly to the carpenter & that way you get exactly the design you want. I have to disagree with Robert because there is no way I know more than this carpenter about carpentry. In fact I know zilch about how to do it, but I do know a good piece of furniture when I see one.I must have got lucky then as I had furniture made, i.e. coffee table, side tables with glass inserts, a hall table, a CD/ video unit and a glass fronted cabinet for the lounge area all in hardwood plus headboard, corner dressing table unit with mirror, and bedside cabinets for the bedroom in pine and I am very happy with it all.
Luminatti, Von, Ilumel, Hache, Herman Miller, etc etc etc.Could you please let me have the names of these stores?
You got lucky, congratulations. As you said, it takes effort to find the right person. I have lost count of how many people I know that have dealt with bad carpenters, even a few on this boardI have to disagree with Robert because there is no way I know more than this carpenter about carpentry.
All it takes is the time & effort to find the right guy. One way is to go to a store which has furniture of a good standard & find out who the craftsman is. Or use the recommendation of another satisfied customer. Whilst I do not doubt the horror stories about pieces of work gone wrong I feel it is unfair to brand all carpenters with the same brush. The good ones are there. I saw it as my responsibility to find one.
If you get chance to visit any contemporary stores in SD that are good and reasonably priced please would you please would you give me their names?I can't see myself driving around the crazy streets there trying to find somewhere.I live in Sosua so it would be a big journey to make.ThanksCould you please let me have the names of these stores?
We too found the most wonderful carpenter 7 years ago & have happily used him ever since.
Yes from his father and he is now teaching his son. You just follow the genetic inheritance. Interesting how we all have different experiences. Having met 2 seriously bad carpenters 15 years ago it has not been a problem for us since then. Maybe because we get better at knowing what to look for? And what to not look for? Now had Robert used the word 'electricians' I would have been forced to agree with him...........:laugh::laugh:Let me ask you, do you know where this carpenter learned his craft???