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design & manufacturing process - how it works

The production of your bespoke cabinetry is a staged process which starts when you first contact DBJ.  Your plans are refined through collaborative design meetings leading to the presentation of concepts, pricing and finalisation of details customised to suit your unique design.  We then project manage your job, undertaking site measures, production and installation before sign-off.  Throughout this process we keep you and your design professionals informed of progress and liaise with you or your nominated representative to confirm installation schedules.

All our projects are custom designed and use only the best quality products, made in partnership with you to ​make your ideals a reality and enhance your home.

stage 1 :  contact us

Please contact us directly or through your design professional to organise a preliminary meeting.  Click Here to contact us.

stage 2 :  discuss project brief

DBJ has a collaborative design style.  In our first meeting we meet with you and any design professionals to discuss the project brief, time line and as much information as possible to establish your individual design requirements. 

stage 3 :  development & refinement of plan

We work with you and/or your design professional to refine the plans and to determine other details.  Once we have an initial design we will meet so you have a clear understanding of layout, function and the final look for your design.  In this meeting we will fine tune any details such as layout and products and additional ideas for accurate pricing.

stage 4 :  formal quote presented & accepted & timeline set

DBJ will present you with a quotation and our terms of trade.  Once this is signed off and the deposit is paid the project can progress to the manufacturing stage. We then supply 3D and CAD drawings to help visualise final product and this is the time for any final changes to be made.  Depending on scope of work installation of your DBJ project will begin approximately 4-8 weeks from signed quote, or from when your site allows us to get accurate measurements.  We will meet with you and your design professionals to set an installation date, with continued liaison between our team and your builders, plumbers, electricians etc to confirm final installation date.

stage 5 :  site measures & inspection

Site measures are taken at relevant points in the process, once your home is at a stage of completion to allow accurate measurements. Once your kitchen is made you will have the opportunity to see it fully assembled in our factory prior to the polishing stage.

stage 6 :  manufacturing

DBJ manufactures your bespoke furniture or fittings in our 100% New Zealand owned, environmentally friendly manufacturing facility in Auckland, New Zealand using CAD and CNC technologies combined with the fine hand-craftsmanship skills of highly qualified tradespeople.

stage 7 :  ongoing liaison with design & construction professionals

DBJ liaises throughout the job with relevant design and construction professionals including architects, designers, appliance suppliers, builders, plumbers, electricians and gas fitters, media suppliers, tilers etc.

stage 8 :  installation

DBJ has its own in-house team of professional installers who install all DBJ cabinetry to our exacting standards.  Installation will take approximately 3-5 days, depending on project size and building completion. Please allow another 10-15 workdays for benchtops and splashbacks to be templated and installed (while your benchtop is being made we can fit a temporary bench top if required for a small charge).

stage 9 :  project sign-off

The project is formally signed off when production and installation quality standards have been met and the final payment for the project has been made.  We appreciate the opportunity to have helped you create your ideal spaces for living that will enhance your lifestyle!
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PHONE       +64 9 443 0296
EMAIL        design@dbj.co.nz
4 Woodson Place
Auckland 0629
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