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Crafting Your Bank Design Concept: 3 Tips to Keep You Focused

One of the best parts of working with an architecture firm is watching your ideas comes to life. From the blueprint to the ribbon-cutting, your aspirations and your designs are being crafted for the real world. If you have big plans for your bank design concept, it can be nerve-wracking to piece together a draft that is focused and ready for your architect to start shaping blueprints. If you’re thinking about coming up with a bank design concept, stay on track with these three tips:
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How a Commercial Building Architect Can Take Your Church to Greater Heights

A commercial architect must have that “special something” that turns an industrial building into a warm and inviting worship space. They must also have a thorough understanding of the laws and codes that go into a non-residential building.

Working with experienced commercial architects who are passionate about their pursuit of aesthetically brilliant churches will ensure that both you and your congregation are pleased with the final results.
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Vanman Architects and Builders Takes a Lead in Minneapolis Architecture Firms

There’s no shortage of beautiful architecture in the Twin Cities. From the Lake Harriet Bandshell to the Capella Tower, there’s a gorgeous selection of impressive buildings adding interest and art to the area’s skyline. Vanman Architects and Builders is proud to be a contributor as a lead in Minneapolis architecture firms. Our focus is bringing beauty and utility to commercial buildings, churches, and banks using the principles of design/build.

Established in 1957, we have been designing and building the spaces that you use everyday for over 60 years. With those years come experience, know-how, and success. The national average for completed architectural projects in the United States is less than 64%. Vanman completes 98.8% of their projects. We’re one of the Minneapolis architecture firms you can trust with your building plans.
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How to Hire an Architect for Bank Renovations

Commercial building renovations require a different approach than home remodels. Bank renovations, in particular, require designers, builders, and clients to closely work together in order to create a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical for business. This is particularly true if you are hoping to make some major changes to the overall structure of the building.
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Working with Church Builders to Serve Your Fellowship

Once you’ve done your fundraising, and you’ve engaged the community in a discussion about what they are seeking from their worship building, it’s time to discuss your plans with church builders. You can read more about choosing an architect here, but today we’re focused on what plans you should have prepared before you hire a firm.

While it’s obviously the church builder’s role to complete final sketches and implement unique ideas into your blueprints, it’s valuable to have some idea of the features and spaces that you’d like to see in the final product.
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Commercial Architects and Residential Architects: What’s the Difference?

Both residential and commercial architects are passionate professionals who strive to offer the best in design/build projects for their clients. There are a few fundamental differences, of course, between the two. As with most professions, architecture offers the opportunity for individuals to find the specialized field in which they excel the most.

If you’re pursuing architectural services, here’s what you need to know about the difference between commercial and residential architects:
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Bank Floor Plan Design Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult!

Working with your architect to design the bank floor plan that makes sense for your branch can be a rewarding, but frustrating, experience. It can feel overwhelming to attempt to predict exactly what your branch’s needs are going to be in the years to come. Choosing a floor plan that is both timeless in functionality and modern in design seems nearly impossible, as the two traits appear to be opposed to one another. 
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20 Questions to Ask an Architect Before They Build Your Church

So, you’ve decided the structure of the church you’re going to build, what your budget is, and you’ve discussed both of these with your congregation. It’s time to begin the interview process for potential architecture firms. This is perhaps the most critical part of building a new worship building. We’ve put together a list of 30 questions that may be relevant to your project.

Obviously, you won’t want to ask your design/build firm to answer all 30 of these questions. We recommend putting together a questionnaire with 10-15 questions that you and other stakeholders have selected as the most important to your particular situation. 
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