Improper to ask him to build my design?
We're in the middle of a half-house renovation that includes adding a bathroom. I designed a vanity and linen cupboard for this bathroom several months ago, well in advance of the start of the project. I wanted to pass the design to the cabinet maker right away but my GC encouraged me to wait until we saw the space framed in first.
We waited, and now we're rushing trying to get this vanity made. I'm going with the cabinet maker recommended by the GC as he is somewhat reasonable in price (or rather, not totally outrageous), works quickly, and has done good work for my GC before. When I took him my design, it was obvious he didn't like it. He called it "Euro-trash" (it is fairly modern), said it wouldn't go with the style of my house (he's right by the way, but I'm fully aware of that and fully aware of what I want for the bathroom) and then proceeded to talk me into a much more traditional look with recessed panel drawers. About an hour later I realized I didn't want that. I wanted my design. And I called him to apologize but to tell him I liked my design and was open to suggestions on how to improve it.
Two weeks later, he has finally sent me a sketch of my vanity and linen area (I had provided a Google Sketch-up drawing but he didn't want to work from it, and that's fine because I'm pretty much at hack at Sketch-up). The vanity was close to what I wanted, although longer, but the linen area had no relationship whatsoever to what I designed.
I bought everything in the bathroom to coordinate with the vanity and linen area I designed. Since it took so long for him to come up with sketches I was working off my own plan, assuming the dimensions would stay the same. The electrical has now been installed to fit those dimensions. Tile is going in next week, and the project was supposed to be finished Nov. 6. The fact that the vanity hasn't even been started yet is clearly an issue.
Have I misunderstood the relationship between cabinet maker and client? This is a small, one-man shop. It's just him and a part-time designer. I assumed that he would just build whatever I wanted him too, but now I'm wondering if I overstepped some kind of boundary since his design came back as such a drastic departure from what we talked about.
Where do I go from here? I'll be hard pressed to find a cabinet maker who can pick up the project now and put out a nice product in any short amount of time. The other cabinet maker I talked to about it would do it as a side project so he'd be working on it on weekends. Plus, I already sort of blew him off to go with this other guy because I didn't want to take on another project (it seems that if we don't go with who our contractor recommends, managing them becomes our responsibility and I can't take on anymore related to this renovation).