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May 29, 2009

FHT Moves to Its New Office

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Posted by Jon Thomasson at 1:12 pm

Finish Hardware Technology has moved to a new location after more than 20 years in the same 2nd story office on Saticoy Street in North Hollywood, CA.  Effective June 1, 2009, we will open for business at our new office just over 2 miles away in Panorama City.

We’re excited about this move and believe we’ll be able to serve our client base more effectively from our new office area specially designed for our firm.  Our new space is brighter, encourages collaboration, and offers an even better work environment for our staff.  We have built in infrastructure for voice and video conferencing and hope to have those up and running soon.

For our clients involved in airport or government work, we will still have our DBE certification in the new location.

In addition to our address, our phone and fax numbers are changed.  (Our old phone number will automatically forward to our new number for some time.)

Please take note of our new address, phone and fax numbers:

7967 Varna Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402
Tel: (818) 387-6083  FAX: (818) 386-8738

October 31, 2008

Why Hire an Independent Door Hardware Consultant?

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Posted by Jon Thomasson at 9:36 am

Independent Consultant (FHT)

Vendor Consultant

Agreement Type

A written legal contract between the consultant and the architect. (Note that sometimes we are contracted directly by the building owner.) The consultant becomes an official member of the design team.

Non-binding verbal agreement.


Liability, errors and omissions.

Typically none.

Financial Motivation

Seeks to perform well for client so as to earn future business.

Seeks to gain maximum commission from hardware manufacturer.

Product Selection

Competitive specification written with products trusted by the consultant and meeting the project’s functional, aesthetic and durability requirements. Owner’s and architect’s preferences are respected and integrated into specification.

Proprietary specification in represented products. Because products are limited to specific brands, project requirements often receive secondary consideration. Higher cost products are often specified (thus generating higher commissions).

Cost to Owner

Slightly increased design costs. Lower build costs due to competitive specification and appropriate products.

Slightly decreased design costs. Higher build costs due to proprietary specification and, in many cases, inappropriate or excessively-costly products.

Design Fees

Set fees agreed to in contract. The hardware consultant fees are typically the least of all consultants on the project.

Free. The hardware manufacturers pay the salary of the representative.

Welcome to FHT’s New Website

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Posted by Jon Thomasson at 8:59 am

Finish Hardware Technology welcomes you to our new website and news/tips section.  We will be posting news and architectural door hardware tips reguarly, so please check back soon.