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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.

Dreamy charred wood cabins dot a rural mountainside

The series of 10 cabins feature three different shapes

The Woodhouse Hotel is a hotel true to its name. Nestled into the steep green hills of Tuanjie, China, the series of 10 modern cabins look like tiny specs of wood against the vast mountain face.

ZJJZ designed the hotel as part of a new government policy aimed at generating tourism in economically depressed rural areas. Tuanjie is a tiny, remote village that’s known for its breathtaking views and farmland. Its location deep in the mountains made constructing the timber buildings challenging—materials had to be manually transported up the mountain.

The ten cabins come in three different wood block shapes—a triangle A-frame, square, and a trapezoid—that sit on a raised steel frame. The facade is built with carbonized timber that’s been charred; the Shou Sugi Ban technique helps the buildings blend into the forest.

Charred timber cabins on green mountainPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom
Bedroom with light wood walls and bedPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom
Bathroom with dark stone floors and bathtubPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom

The interiors are wrapped in light wood walls and ceilings with dark stone touches that echo the exterior.

At night, when the lights shine through the large windows, the remote mountain glows...


The series of 10 cabins feature three different shapes

The Woodhouse Hotel is a hotel true to its name. Nestled into the steep green hills of Tuanjie, China, the series of 10 modern cabins look like tiny specs of wood against the vast mountain face.

ZJJZ designed the hotel as part of a new government policy aimed at generating tourism in economically depressed rural areas. Tuanjie is a tiny, remote village that’s known for its breathtaking views and farmland. Its location deep in the mountains made constructing the timber buildings challenging—materials had to be manually transported up the mountain.

The ten cabins come in three different wood block shapes—a triangle A-frame, square, and a trapezoid—that sit on a raised steel frame. The facade is built with carbonized timber that’s been charred; the Shou Sugi Ban technique helps the buildings blend into the forest.

Charred timber cabins on green mountainPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom
Bedroom with light wood walls and bedPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom
Bathroom with dark stone floors and bathtubPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom

The interiors are wrapped in light wood walls and ceilings with dark stone touches that echo the exterior.

At night, when the lights shine through the large windows, the remote mountain glows with illuminated shapes, creating a stunning effect.

Illuminated cabins on mountainsidePhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom

Via: Designboom

The series of 10 cabins feature three different shapes

The Woodhouse Hotel is a hotel true to its name. Nestled into the steep green hills of Tuanjie, China, the series of 10 modern cabins look like tiny specs of wood against the vast mountain face.

ZJJZ designed the hotel as part of a new government policy aimed at generating tourism in economically depressed rural areas. Tuanjie is a tiny, remote village that’s known for its breathtaking views and farmland. Its location deep in the mountains made constructing the timber buildings challenging—materials had to be manually transported up the mountain.

The ten cabins come in three different wood block shapes—a triangle A-frame, square, and a trapezoid—that sit on a raised steel frame. The facade is built with carbonized timber that’s been charred; the Shou Sugi Ban technique helps the buildings blend into the forest.

Charred timber cabins on green mountainPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom
Bedroom with light wood walls and bedPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom
Bathroom with dark stone floors and bathtubPhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom

The interiors are wrapped in light wood walls and ceilings with dark stone touches that echo the exterior.

At night, when the lights shine through the large windows, the remote mountain glows with illuminated shapes, creating a stunning effect.

Illuminated cabins on mountainsidePhoto: Laurian Ghinitoiu via Designboom

Via: Designboom


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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.