Interior Design

Keep Your Church Building Interior Design Looking Like New with Proper Maintenance

Recently, we posted a two-part series on creating a successful interior design process for churches. Jennifer Snider, The McKnight Group’s interior designer, guided you through six important steps for a church building interior design program. (To read Part 1, click here; to read Part 2, click here.)

In this post, she adds a seventh step, which comes after the design and implementation process. It’s the best way to protect your significant investment in a church remodeling project or brand-new building.

Step 7: Invest in the Maintenance of Your New Interior

This seventh step is the key to good stewardship of your church building: maintenance of your new interior.

All those finishes, furnishings, and flooring will be subject to a lot of feet and fingers over the months and years ahead. Spills will happen, dirt will accumulate, shine will tarnish, scuffs will appear.

Which is why it’s essential to set up a maintenance plan as you are completing your church remodeling project or inaugurating your new church building. Good habits are best set at the beginning, and regular cleaning is critical to keeping your interior design looking new and fresh for as long as possible.

Spread the Word About Church Building Maintenance

One of the best ways to establish good habits is to spread the word about them. When you’re thinking about protecting your interior design investment, there are two important messages you want to spread.

First, you tell everyone in your church family that it’s OK—and actually necessary—to speak up about spills. The longer a spill stays on carpeting or seating fabric, the deeper it penetrates into the fibers and the harder it will be to clean. “Stain-resistant” doesn’t mean “stain-impervious.” Let everyone know it’s not wrong to spill (these will happen), it’s just wrong not to say something when it happens.

The second way to spread the word involves your church building maintenance crew. Whether they are a team of dedicated volunteers or part of your paid staff, your maintenance team needs to know what you have learned about your various fabrics, finishes, and flooring during the interior design process.

All information about cleaning and other maintenance needs to be passed on from your interior design team to your maintenance team, so they can benefit from everything you have learned.

Maintaining Your New Interior Is Good Stewardship

Your church building interior design forms a critical part of your church vision. To outside eyes it may not always be obvious that you’ve invested in maintaining your church facility, but it will certainly be obvious if you neglect to maintain it. Investing time and energy in maintaining your new interior design is also good stewardship of the financial contributions that paid for those new furnishings, finishes, and flooring.

We hope this series of steps has been helpful as you think about the interior of your own church building. For other helpful church building and remodeling tips, take advantage of our i3 webinars. Simply visit our website and sign up—they’re all free.

2017-09-26T14:50:30+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Church Maintenance, Interior Design|

Steps for a Successful Church Building Interior Design Process, Part 2

This post concludes our two-part series on how to optimize the interior design process for your church (for Part 1, click here). Whether you’re remodeling an existing church building or undertaking new construction, the interior design process has its own components and time frame that need to be addressed.

Jennifer Snider, our staff interior designer, has put together a series of critical steps for a successful church interior design project. We pick-up her suggestions with Step 4.

Step 4: Consider Inviting Professionals into the Process

The extent to which you involve professionals is going to depend in part on the size and scope of your project.

Obviously, if you’re erecting a new church building, you’re already involving professionals like The McKnight Group with the construction. But it also makes good sense to tap our design team to help you along.

If you’re just doing a church remodeling project with interior design components, you might be able to handle that on your own. Still, professionals are going to offer resources you would not necessarily have access to or know about. They can provide ideas that might not have occurred to you and they can help you make the right decisions and keep you on course.

Thus, professionals can often save you both time and money, helping your project stay on track, on budget, and in alignment with your church’s vision no matter how big or small the project is.

Step 5: Explore Possible Interior Finishes for Your Church Building

One helpful way to start this process is to do site visits and collect ideas. This can be done very methodically, but don’t miss out on any random-chance opportunities that come your way. You want to collect ideas, both of things that you like but also things you don’t like, as it’s sometimes useful to identify design elements that aren’t going to work for your church’s vision.

Your site visits could be to other churches that minister in a similar way you do—or want to do. But there are other types of places you can visit as well. For example, if you’re planning to add a café, visiting coffee shops can help you understand how interior finishes affect the feel and use of a space.

Think also about the people you’re trying to reach with your church remodel or build, then go where they go, so you can see what speaks to them. You can take pictures with your phone, and bring back images to your interior design team for consideration.

Step 6: Execute Your Church Remodeling or New Building Interior Design Plan

This step is what most people think of as the entire process—but you can see it’s really the culmination of all the steps preceding it.

You’ll need to order materials and coordinate between the different subcontractors you hire, so that painting and flooring happen in the correct order. Make sure you have all the right people in place at the right times, so that everything can happen as efficiently as possible.

Also, if you’re undertaking a church remodeling project, you’ll need to consider how to continue worship and other ministries during the renovation phase. This can be frustrating for everyone, so warn both leaders and participants far in advance. You want to prepare them for the changes and remind them of the reason you’re doing all this work in the first place: your church vision to reach people for Christ.

But Wait: There’s More

So that’s it—but not really. There’s actually one more step that’s just as important as the first six, and we’ll reveal that in our next blog post. While you wait, feel free to visit our website and sign up for any of our free i3 webinars. We promise they’ll be filled with helpful information, just like this post!

2018-02-21T21:04:42+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Church Building, Interior Design|

Steps for a Successful Church Building Interior Design Project, Part 1

Whether you’re constructing a new church building or undertaking a remodeling project, the interior design component is deserving of its own process and time frame. To help you understand the critical steps you should take, we’ve invited Jennifer Snider to share her expertise in this area.

Jennifer Snider is the McKnight Group’s Interior Designer. She has been with us for over a dozen years, working with more than 75 churches to successfully create interior designs that work.

Jennifer suggests there are some critical steps to a successful church interior design project. In part one of this series, we present the first three.

Step 1: Define Your Vision

Wisdom teaches us at a young age that if you don’t know why you’re doing something, you can easily get off track. This is especially true when it comes to interior design. If you aren’t focused on your church’s vision for the project from the start, you are likely to create an interior design that’s based on your own personal preferences rather than the image your church building needs to convey to guests and members alike.

Instead, make decisions that are outward and mission-focused, rather than focused internally. Each step of the way, these choices need to reflect the new church vision that sparked the need for a building or remodeling project in the first place.

Step 2: Assemble Your Interior Design Team

A team should consist of three to five members, depending on the extent of the project and the areas involved. If, for example, your project includes children’s spaces, you might need a subset of people who will be specifically focused on the ministry needs for that particular type of space.

Select team members who understand that your church vision must override their personal preferences for interior design. Consider who in your community has a heart for ministry and an understanding of how the look and feel of spaces can impact guests. Other reasons to keep the group small are to help everyone stay on task and make decisions in a timely manner.

Step 3: Create a Master Plan for Your Church Remodeling or New Building Project

When you’ve got your team assembled, start with the big picture. Determine the entire scope of the project, as you’d like it to unfold. When you set the sky as the limit, you allow all the components to get out on the table, and avoid missing anything that’s important. Then you can get down to the more challenging work of figuring out what works within your budget and creating a timeframe for completing the most critical elements first by prioritizing phases for your project. 

Step 4 will assist you with your master plan, so stay tuned as we cover the rest of Jennifer Snider’s tips for completing a successful church interior design project in our next blog post. While you wait, take a moment to sign up for our next free i3 webinar by visiting our website. Tips like the ones in this post came from a past webinar, which gives you a sense of how helpful they can be!

2017-09-12T15:11:42+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Finishing Touches for Interior Design Frequent Questions

Over the past several months, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, has been responding to your questions about church interior design. In this post, she wraps up the series by taking a look at two of the finishing touches you’ll want to consider for your remodeled or new church building: appropriate furniture and signage.

Embracing Furniture Flexibility

You can see in this first image, showing a seating area at Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church, that they’ve set aside a place in their church building for people to gather for fellowship. In this case, they’ve provided ottomans instead of coffee tables. This allows for maximum flexibility, since each ottoman can become a seat to accommodate a larger group. They also chose individual chairs rather than sofas or loveseats, making it easier to rearrange the furniture to suit groups of varying sizes.

Flexibility is also key in the café, as you can see in this picture from Gateway Church of the Nazarene. Here they have intentionally chosen to use square tables rather than the more common round tables. This provides flexibility since it’s easier to push a few square tables together to furnish a larger group.

Investing in Furniture Durability

Another element of successful church interior design is to choose furniture that is commercial grade. This seating nook at Blue Grass United Methodist Church, for example, uses commercial-grade seating, even though the chairs look as though they could have come right out of someone’s home.

Code requires church buildings to use commercial-grade materials. Commercial grade furnishes are also more durable and will last longer, which is essential given the higher volume of traffic a church can expect. The warranties of residential grade products will also be void if used in a commercial setting.

Making the investment in commercial grade is also good stewardship. You want your new church building or renovation project to stand the test of time, just like you want your church vision to continue growing your church community.

Welcoming Guests with Proper Church Building Signage

Another factor to consider in your church vision is how you welcome guests. If people walk into your church building and can’t find their way around, they won’t feel as welcome and may not return.

In this picture, also from Gateway Church of the Nazarene, the entrance to the auditorium is clearly marked. In addition to helping guests find their way around, such signage introduces them to your church’s vocabulary. “Auditorium,” “worship space,” and “sanctuary” could all be names used for the same space. Clear signage helps guests begin to understand your specific church vision.

One good way to find out where you might need signage in your church building is to walk in the front doors, pretending you haven’t ever been there before. Would you know where to take your children for children’s church? Would you be able to find the restrooms? Could you find your way to the worship center or sanctuary or auditorium? Whenever you aren’t sure where to turn, that’s a good place for signage.

More Church Interior Design Tips

We hope you’ve found this FAQs series helpful. If you want more tips on the best church interior designs or help understanding what makes a great church building, sign up for our free i3 webinar series (simply visit our website) or give us a call at 800-625-6448. We’ll be glad to help.

2018-02-21T21:04:54+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Answers to Church Building Questions Continued: Worship Seating

Once again, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, answers your church remodeling and new building questions.

One question that always arises at some point in the church building process is the following: What type of seating should we use in the worship area?

There are several options available, and in this post Jennifer gives you her opinions about the three main types.

Pews: A Time-Honored Look for Worship Spaces

While we think of pews as the “traditional” choice for churches, in fact, the earliest churches had no seating options at all; worshippers stood instead.

Parma Baptist SeatingToday, of course, every church building comes with seating of some sort, and pews are the most traditional. This means that if you’re looking for a traditional feel in your worship space, pews might be the answer, as you can see in this illustration from Parma Baptist Church.

Pews might also be the right choice if your church remodeling project involves working with a sloped floor, as was the case with Parma. Lots of older worship spaces have a sloped floor, especially if pews were initially installed in a bigger worship area.

You might find that simply reupholstering existing pews gives you a nice, clean look—but don’t expect it to be less expensive than removing the pews and installing chairs. Reupholstering involves not just new fabric, but also new padding, and of course labor.

Theater Seating: A Variety of Styles for Your Church Building

Grove City CON SeatingAnother option, if your church remodeling project involves a sloped floor, is theater seating, as you can see here at Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Because theater seats aren’t movable, they also can be installed on a sloped floor. Advantages to theater seating include a variety of styles and accessories to choose from.

Notice, too, how Grove City also places chairs in front of its theater seating. Such an arrangement allows the church to remove those chairs and have a larger, more flexible area up front to allow flexibility for your ministry.

Chairs: The Ultimate in Flexibility

Brooke Hills SeatingAt Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, metal worship chairs were installed in the multi-ministry space, as you can see here. This allows Brooke Hills to easily rearrange the space to accommodate different types of activities, such as banquets, breakout sessions, or to remove the chairs completely.

We understand that the goals of many church remodeling projects include increased flexibility and a more modern feel to the worship space. In those cases, chairs are usually the first choice for church leaders.

We do want to note a couple of things in this photo. First, you will see that at the end of some of the rows there are a few chairs with arms. These chairs are helpful for people who need the leverage provided by arms in order to stand and sit.

You may have also noticed that these chairs have fully upholstered backs. Most chair catalogs focus on the front of the chair, but when you walk into a worship space, as this picture shows, it’s the back of the chairs that you’re going to see first. Spending a little extra on upholstered backs gives a nice, clean look to the worship center.

Archbold SeatingAnother more elegant seating option is wood framed chairs, shown here at Archbold Evangelical. While more expensive than metal chairs, they look much nicer, still stack for flexibility and can be a bridge between pews and metal framed chairs. Wood framed chairs work best in places like chapels and sanctuaries where the look of metal chairs just isn’t that appealing.

Watch for More Church Remodeling and Seating Posts

There is a lot to talk about when it comes to seating options for your church remodeling or new building project, so look for more information in future posts. Meanwhile, we suggest that you sign up for our free i3 webinar series to learn more handy tips about church building and renovation projects. Simply visit our website to get involved.

2017-06-20T14:05:27+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Advice, Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design, Interior Design|

Answering Your Church Building Questions, Part Two

Question markWith over 40 years in the church building business, we’ve learned that church leaders have a lot of questions. This is why we devoted one of our recent free i3 webinars to that very issue, sharing the frequently asked questions we get about church building and renovation projects.

This is the second installment in a series that will flesh out the answers we gave to some of those questions.

In our first post, we introduced Jennifer Snider, The McKnight Group’s interior designer, who has worked with us for more than a dozen years on 75 church building and affiliated projects. In that post, Jennifer tackled questions about getting your church design started. In this post, we’ll cover Jennifer’s recommendations on the question of how to prioritize what’s most important in your church building or remodeling plan.

Making a Good First Impression

When it comes to prioritizing, we believe you should begin by concentrating on making a good first impression. Certain areas and the way they look show guests and members what matters in your church, and believe it or not speak volumes… without ever saying a word.

Here are areas we believe are most important when it comes to making a good first impression:

  • Lobby and Foyer

Obviously, the first places that people see are going to heavily influence their first impressions. Which is why we believe your lobby and foyer are key. Your lobby needs to be easy to navigate, feel welcoming, and reflect your vision.

People need to get a sense of who you are as a church community and what matters to you. Guests who walk in need to easily get a sense of what your ministry is about.

  • Restrooms

Think about the restrooms you visit at a restaurant. If they’re not clean and well stocked, you might find yourself worrying about what the kitchen looks like. If the décor in the restroom doesn’t match the theme in the rest of the establishment, you might wonder about the vision for the place.

The same is true of the restrooms in your church building, especially those right off the foyer. If they are not clean, well-cared for, and reflect the interior design of your foyer and worship space, guests might wonder if you really care about the people who come to your church.

  • Children’s Area

If you have a brightly lit, clearly themed, colorful and welcoming children’s center, you are telling guests and members that you care about the next generation. You are telling them that your church vision includes children, not just the adults in your worship center.

  • Worship Center

And speaking of the worship center, naturally, this beating heart of your church building should clearly show the vision your church has for ministry to guests, members, and the surrounding community. Your worship center needs to function well, have the technology necessary for worship, and make everyone feel comfortable and at home.

Church Building Renovation Versus New Construction

How you tackle your priorities will vary depending on whether you’re renovating an existing church building or starting new construction. With new construction, you will be working with an architectural firm that will have a design team to assist you in the process. With church remodeling or renovation, it’s important to involve a professional firm that understands how church buildings work and what’s necessary to implement your vision.

That’s why The McKnight Group offers consultations on interior design for church remodeling projects. We can give you guidance that will help you understand the people you’re called to minister and what they are drawn to. This is essential for defining your church’s style—which will be the focus of the questions we answer in our next blog post.

Find More Answers

Meanwhile, we suggest you sign up for our i3 webinar series so you don’t miss the insights we’ve learned from our 40 years of church building experience. Simply visit our website and sign up. They’re free, so you have nothing to lose (and all sorts of knowledge and inspiration to gain).

2017-04-25T10:32:20+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

How to Prioritize Your Church Interior Design and Maintain Your Vision

church-design-prioritizationIn our previous blog post, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, outlined the five steps you should take in order to successfully integrate your church’s interior design into the rest of your remodeling or new church construction project.

In this post, Jennifer details how to prioritize your church interior design projects to make certain that you address the most important areas first. With a master plan in place (which we discussed last time), you can be certain that all areas will seamlessly integrate with each other, regardless of the order in which you do the work.

Begin with the Floor of Your Lobby

While many of us might think that the highest priority should be the worship space, Jennifer recommends starting with the first impression space, the lobby. Yes, the worship space is important, but there are other places visitors see first, and if they are turned off by what they see there, they might not even make it as far as the worship space. Therefore, the first place to begin with is your lobby.

Think Quality and Consistency

It’s important to ask questions like, “What do we want our space to feel like?” Jennifer suggests you visit other buildings in your area and pay attention to what you like.

Also, use commercial-grade materials and furniture, because your interior church design will experience a lot of traffic over the years. And make sure that the colors and finishes you choose will look good in the various spaces of your building, large and small.

You don’t necessarily want to spend money on the most expensive options, but quality does equate to stewardship. The best stewardship involves making sure all of the products you’re considering are of a high enough quality that they’re going to last.

Prioritizing Your Church Interior Design Projects

As we mentioned earlier, refinishing your lobby is a top priority, because you want to make a good first impression on those visitors who you’re trying to reach for Christ. For the same reason, you should also give special focus to the children’s areas, as you want them to send a message to visiting parents that their children are a priority.

Jennifer also recommends putting restrooms high on the priority list; think about how many times you’ve judged the quality of a business or building by the state of its restrooms!

Finally, of course, we recommend that you focus on the worship space, since this is where adults will spend much of their time in your new or remodeled church building. It should reflect your style of worship and be a tool in drawing people to Christ.

Approach Church Interior Design like a Newcomer

There are also those little things that, because you’ve been worshipping in your church for a while, you may not even notice anymore. To better detect them, Jennifer recommends that you try to walk through your church building with the eyes of a visitor in order to see what catches your attention and really needs to be addressed.

Is there a corner that has collected junk, a corridor with badly scraped paint, or a coat rack that has held the same umbrellas for six months? These smaller details can be moved higher up your priority list simply because fixing them can cost little or nothing and yet make your entire church building look appreciably better.

For more on making the best decisions for your church building or remodeling project, visit our website and sign up today for our free i3 webinar series. Interior design is just one of the subjects covered in this year’s webinar series. There’s much more valuable information waiting for you to view!

2015-05-06T08:22:34+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Advice, Interior Design, Uncategorized|

Building Children’s Security into Your Church Design

church-design-childrens-securityAll parents want to be certain that their children will be safe when they drop them off at children’s church on Sunday morning. That’s why The McKnight Group pays special attention to security in children areas when we create a new church design or plan the remodel of an existing structure. Here are some considerations and designs we use to ensure children’s safety.

The Check-in Desk

Naturally, one of the most important features of a secure children’s area is a check-in desk. Parents want to see the faces of the people they are trusting with their children, and the staff or volunteers who are caring for those children want a clear method in place to track the children. With a check-in desk incorporated into your church design, there is one central place where children are dropped off and picked up.

A computer system can be used for check-in that commonly prints a pair of stickers, with one put on the child and the other given to the parent. Parents can walk children to the classroom, or a barrier can be put in place which only allows the children to go past the check-in desk and into the children’s wing and classrooms.

The View

When possible we recommend designing children’s areas with classrooms surrounding a “pod” which contains the check-in desk and a lot of room in front of it for parents and kids, with diaper bags in tow, to come up to the desk. Behind the desk are the doors to the classrooms—usually 4 to 6 per pod. They are easily visible from the check-in desk, so parents can watch their children walk into the right classroom.

Of course, parents also want to be able to see what’s going on inside the classrooms. We allow this in our church design in a couple of ways. First, we can install one-way glass windows so that parents can see into the classroom without their presence being disruptive to a child’s concentration on children’s church or other activities. Second, in buildings which include a sprinkler system, building code allows us to use Dutch doors, which are the doors that are cut in half across the middle, allowing people to look in and even speak with those inside, while still keeping the bottom door closed to prevent young children from getting out.

No Reason to Leave

When we draw up children’s areas in each church design, we make sure to include restrooms, changing areas, storage closets and even indoor play areas so that there’s no reason children need to leave the secure area until their parents return to claim them after the service. The one issue that sometimes arises, however, is that building codes are less concerned about children’s security and more concerned about having plenty of egress options in case of fire. When we draw up a church design, we can incorporate doors with exit devices, commonly referred to as ‘crash’ or ‘panic’ bars that will allow children out in case of emergency, but which can otherwise remain closed.

As you can see, we pay a lot of attention to many important details when we draft a church design. There’s a lot to the perfect building layout that you might not think about until you begin a church construction or renovation project. This is why we share our free i3 webinars each year—to help you learn more about what you need to know to create a church design that will meet your specific needs. So sign up for our next webinar today, and contact us directly with your specific questions.

2015-04-08T11:14:28+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Advice, Interior Design, Uncategorized|

Make a Great First Impression with Our Full Service Interior Church Design Offerings

church-interior-design-offeringsThis week we’re getting a second chance to talk about your one chance to make a great first impression. It’s an important adage if you hope to attract new members to your church. Updating interior finishes and furnishings can go a long way toward making an older building look fresh and new. It doesn’t matter what size of church you are; the point is to look relevant and inviting to people from the moment they arrive on your church property.

The McKnight Group’s Church Design Professional Can Help

Jennifer Snider, our interior design professional, has over 10 years of experience helping churches of all sizes create an attractive and relevant interior design—regardless of budget. There are many ways to do this that don’t involve completely renovating your church building or creating an entirely new church design or building project.

Jennifer is a great resource for churches because she is passionate about her work. It fuels her creativity both in design and problem solving. One reason is that Jennifer is able to bring her faith to her job. “Prior to coming to The McKnight Group,” she told us, “I hadn’t specifically been looking for a way to combine my faith with my career, but was excited to be able to do that. So I really feel like my job at The McKnight Group is more than just a job—it’s also a ministry, and a way to assist churches in reaching their ministry goals and their mission and vision for their church through their interior finishes.”

Small or Large Church? Jennifer Helps Everyone

Jennifer’s one-time interior church design consultation is a great way for smaller or budget restricted churches to update their interior look. Our last blog post discusses it in detail.

However, larger churches, churches with bigger budgets and ones that don’t want to do a lot of the work themselves will also find Jennifer to be a great resource. In these cases, she uses the same process as what’s used for our new church building projects, working in more detail with either the pastor and one or two staff members, or a hand-picked team. She determines what the vision is for the interior church design, then pulls things together to give church leaders several options from which to choose. She then finalizes the finishes, materials and furnishings, and offers resources to the church to complete the project.

Does Your Building Communicate Your Vison?

This question is what drives Jennifer’s work on behalf of our clients. As she says, “I don’t want people to feel like they have to be extravagant and spend a lot of money or [be] extremely cutting-edge with their finishes. But it does convey a message, and so you want it to at least have a current look.” Whether you start with the lobby, foyer, café, restrooms, or children’s spaces, Jennifer can help your church make that vitally important good first impression.

If you’re ready to discuss your ministry’s vision and needs with Jennifer, contact us today at 800-625-6448 or Jennifer directly via email at jsnider@mcknightgroup.com. And if you’re ready to learn more about other aspects of church design and building, visit our website and sign up today for one of our free i3 webinars.

 

2015-02-25T09:25:47+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Advice, Interior Design, Uncategorized|

Make a Great First Impression with an Interior Church Design Consultation

You’ve probably heard this saying: “You only get one chance to make a great first impression.” There’s no question this is true when it comes to visitors at your church. If they walk in the front door and think, “Have I just been transported back to the 1990s?” then you’ve probably lost them. And it doesn’t matter whether your church is large or small, well-off or muddling along; if your interior design is outdated, you’re not going to draw in new people.

This is where a church design consultation can help. As we shared in a recent blog post, we have an interior design professional on staff. Jennifer Snider has spent over 20 years working in the interior design field, half of that with us. If you want to update your church without the cost of a full renovation, she can help—regardless of the size of your church or its interior design budget. In this, the first of a two part post, we’ll focus on a great way Jennifer can help out smaller churches, or ones with tight budgets.

Affordable Church Design Consultations for Small Churches

Jennifer understands that tension between the need to stay updated and the need to stay within budget. While restaurants change their décor on a regular basis to keep attracting customers, she knows that churches have a harder time making this a budgetary priority. Over the years, she has worked up an affordable process that allows even small churches to make a significant difference in the way people see their church building—without breaking the proverbial bank.

How Does the Consultation Work?

Jennifer begins each church design consultation with a brief conversation about your church’s vision. The questions she asks will reveal information about what areas you want to redo, your time frame, and your budget. It’s OK if you don’t have a budget in mind; sometimes you don’t know what it would take financially to update your church, and that becomes part of the conversation.

Based on this meeting, Jennifer puts together a proposal that addresses your needs. She then would talk through the proposal and make sure it’s going to work out for you, including what our fee and the overall budget of the redesign would be. Once we’re agreed, Jennifer would come to your church for a one-time meeting with your interior design team. This should be a small group of people who really have a passion for who they are trying to reach and aren’t necessarily stuck on “what we’ve always done.”

At the meeting, Jennifer will listen to the team, evaluate areas that need updating, show sample finishes and make general recommendations. She follows that up with a written report outlining exactly what was talked about. That report “points you in the right direction” and includes the finishes and colors discussed, samples that might help, and resources, so you can then take what was discussed and know how to implement it in your church.

If You Need a Bit More…

This one-time session is the most cost-effective type of church design consultation, and it provides you with the information you need to then go and take care of the work yourselves. But it does put the bulk of the work on your church’s community and that’s not always ideal. So for churches that need more help, are larger or have bigger budgets, you might want to consider our Full Service Interior Design offering. We’ll tell you more about it in our next post.

Meanwhile, you can contact Jennifer today with your questions at 800-625-6448 or jsnider@mcknightgroup.com, and learn more about church design, building, and renovation projects by signing up for our free i3 webinar series at our website.

 

2015-02-18T08:43:11+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Interior Design, Uncategorized|