What is better --customized or branded furniture?A couple of months ago, I met with two friends who moved into two new homes of their own. While the first guy moved into an apartment, by paying upwards of one crore rupees, the other fellow moved into an independent house, some twenty five kilometers from the heart of Chennai city, but this guy remodeled the old house into a brand new house.
The first guy did his interior design and the entire furniture with branded furniture. The interior design firm did a very good job, but the charges were huge.
However, the second fellow's house, was as good as the first fellow. The finish to all furniture, all brand new, was as good as the first fellow's.
When quizzed, the second friend said that he chose a local carpenter who had a fairly good reputation, and empowered him to do the work. The entire work, more or less similar to the branded version, was around forty percent cheaper.
This set me thinking. What is better- customized or branded furniture? Is it wise to entrust everything to the interior design company, knowing fully well that the work is far more costlier?
Will the skilled local carpenters also do as good, if motivated properly?