Designer Roger Scott and his wife Marti, founded the Mars Company in 1974. After working out of their home garage for several years, they moved the business to their present location in Huntington Beach in 1977. Rather than expanding the business as demand grew, they decided to keep the business small to better oversee the quality and workmanship of the products they fabricate. All materials used in the construction of their furnishings are hand-selected from the finest woods available. Attention to detail is the hallmark at Mars, where working with wood is still fun and each piece is a one of a kind adventure.
I love working with wood and designing furniture.
It's always so satisfying to draw the design and see it become a reality
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We visit the client to discuss their preferences. Measurments of the area with which to draw floor and elevation plans. Photos are taken to assist in the renderings. When complete, the plans are subitted to the client along with a proposal showing what we will be doing, including, for example, materials to be used, colors of paint or stain, hardware for doors lead time, etc. If approved we obtain a deposit and begin the work.
Wood working cources in high school, lots of reading about cabinetry and design set me off on a 43 year journey manufacturing furnishings for home and business.
Pricing is the hardest part of custom made furnishings. Every job is a new challenge and you never know what obstacles you may run into.
Door styles, types of wood used and finishes, hardware and extras like pull-out shelves all add to the final costd
Built bookcases for a friend just starting his law practice and his book salesman gave my name to the lawyers he sold to.
Eventually we branched out to design entertainment centers, kitchens and home offices.
My wife and I make friends easily and more than half of our customers remain our friends. and as the years roll by we find we are making things for the grown up children we new as babies.
We designed a built-in china closet a few years ago which has become our biggest seller. Unfortunitley it fell victom to a water leak from an upstairs bathroom but dispite the fact that the wall board in the niche surrounding the cabinet had mill dew, the cabinet had minor damage and was easily restored.
Make sure they are insured. Never pay for the entire job in front but a deposit is essential for the maker in order to purchase materials. Make sure you have a contract and read it well. It should contain a detailed description of what you are buying, a time frame to finish and what the builder will and will not do, such as plumbing, electrical, etc.
Be sure of what you want. Don't change your mind after the job has begun. Ask questions! Let the maker do his work. He or she is concentrating on doing a perfect job.