The Custom Furniture Business: Creating Beautiful and Timeless Designs
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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Live in this PoMo ‘castle’ for $765K

1970s vibes in full effect

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Price: $765,000

If unique design inspires you, look no further than this towering five-bedroom, five-bath home in North Carolina. Custom built in 1975 for Winston-Salem resident Dr. John Hayes, the multi-level house was inspired by the “binuclear design” made famous by modernist architect and designer Marcel Breuer.

The binuclear layout features two separate wings with an entry hall at the nucleus, a way to organize the home’s sprawling 5,703 square feet. Renovations in 2013 updated and repaired problem areas, but left the house’s original California redwood paneling, imperial plaster walls, and oak parquet floors.

The building sits on 1.1 acres in the prime Winston-Salem neighborhood of Buena Vista, and also boasts a large master suite, wet bar, and a study with 12-foot ceilings and built-in bookcases. Outside, brick-terraced landscaping compliments a waterfall, pond, and extensive greenery, making this redwood giant look a bit...


1970s vibes in full effect

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Price: $765,000

If unique design inspires you, look no further than this towering five-bedroom, five-bath home in North Carolina. Custom built in 1975 for Winston-Salem resident Dr. John Hayes, the multi-level house was inspired by the “binuclear design” made famous by modernist architect and designer Marcel Breuer.

The binuclear layout features two separate wings with an entry hall at the nucleus, a way to organize the home’s sprawling 5,703 square feet. Renovations in 2013 updated and repaired problem areas, but left the house’s original California redwood paneling, imperial plaster walls, and oak parquet floors.

The building sits on 1.1 acres in the prime Winston-Salem neighborhood of Buena Vista, and also boasts a large master suite, wet bar, and a study with 12-foot ceilings and built-in bookcases. Outside, brick-terraced landscaping compliments a waterfall, pond, and extensive greenery, making this redwood giant look a bit like a castle in the forest.

If binuclear design sounds ideal to you, 2831 Galsworthy Drive is on the market now for $765,000.

1970s vibes in full effect

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Price: $765,000

If unique design inspires you, look no further than this towering five-bedroom, five-bath home in North Carolina. Custom built in 1975 for Winston-Salem resident Dr. John Hayes, the multi-level house was inspired by the “binuclear design” made famous by modernist architect and designer Marcel Breuer.

The binuclear layout features two separate wings with an entry hall at the nucleus, a way to organize the home’s sprawling 5,703 square feet. Renovations in 2013 updated and repaired problem areas, but left the house’s original California redwood paneling, imperial plaster walls, and oak parquet floors.

The building sits on 1.1 acres in the prime Winston-Salem neighborhood of Buena Vista, and also boasts a large master suite, wet bar, and a study with 12-foot ceilings and built-in bookcases. Outside, brick-terraced landscaping compliments a waterfall, pond, and extensive greenery, making this redwood giant look a bit like a castle in the forest.

If binuclear design sounds ideal to you, 2831 Galsworthy Drive is on the market now for $765,000.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.