Well, we're only four weeks behind schedule! Actually it's not surprising - over the last four weeks we've been hit by a couple of key factors which have been the main contributors to this delay. Firstly steel prices have increased considerably over the last couple of months, and are probably set to continue to rise. This has led to refining the design once more to see if we can reduce the amount of steel we're using whilst not impacting on the overall design aesthetic and strenght. Actually this has proved to be a valuable exercise, having made the changes, they're are actually an improvement! Also the reduced weight is beneficial in terms of shipping and assembly.
Secondly we have encountered some initial problems wiith sourcing of the right quality of FSC approved solid timbers. This is not the real issue at this stage as we have now located some really excellent timber, however our concern is the lead time. We are aiming to work to a six to eight week schedule, from placing of orders to delivery of the finished piece. As each piece is specifically made to order, this means we will need to ensure we can get hold of the raw materials at quite short notice.
Anway, this all means that we're looking at having the site live by the end of June, with an official launch date of September 1st. We hope!!