Teracottage Garden Sheds and Such
Tell us about your business.In Teracottage, I combine my love of gardening, with my trade as a carpenter and talent as an architectural designer, to create unique garden sheds, structures and related products. Our products begin with an inspiration, then start to take form through creative and well thought design. On the workshop floor, the design becomes a physical reality as artisans and craftspeople carefully assemble select materials, both new and reclaimed, into the very finest garden sheds and structures found anywhere in the world. Our products are built as legacy artisan pieces. All sheds and structures are constructed in our New Jersey atelier, and shipped fully assembled to all 50 states and internationally. Eventually, I see our business evolving into a lifestyle brand company with a selection of products that resonate with a particular style or theme. Each theme related suite of products may extend from sheds to furniture, and from garden tools to garden theme jewelry, apparel and more.
What makes your business stand out?What makes our business unique is that we strive to create products with a "soul"... a warmth, richness, and truth about it that you can immediately sense. I get a great feeling inside, when I watch someone walk up to one of our structures, and they need to touch it. To have a building so enguage a person that they must make physical contact, gives me great joy and seeing this connection, is an indication that we must be doing something right. The fact that all of our products have a story in it, is another unique character that sets us apart. By expressing what inspired the design, documenting the history of the materials used, celabrating and crediting the artisans and craftspeople who had something to do with the build, we deliver a product that is rich with life itself. When the owner holds this written history of their product in their hands, and as they convey the history of their building or product to others, they become more then clients, they are now curators.
What's the best business advice you've received?Being reminded of the simple fact that..."Things Change".
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