I strongly recommend not commissioning directly from a luthier without at least playing one, and preferably several of their instruments. I know what it is like to purchase an instrument purely on videos, reviews, professional recommendations, etc. and it didn't turn out well. There is just far too much subjectivity involved that in the end the safest bet is to put a guitar in your lap and try it yourself, and comparing it directly with your guitar and other instruments. For this reason, I'd definitely try to find a dealer with a wide selection of instruments and choosing one that really speaks to you. Just imagine the heart ache of waiting several months or years for a commissioned instrument from a luthier whose instruments you have never tried, only to discover the guitar doesn't meet your expectations and now you either have to try to return the instrument to the luthier, or sell it at a loss, wishing you had spent your money elsewhere.
"Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes.
Excellence is available to all, but is accepted only by a few." - Christopher Parkening