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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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Why Pre-Fab Church Designs and Floor Plans Just Don’t Work

If you’ve started to look into adding onto or remodeling an existing worship building, using prefabricated church designs and floor plans can be a tempting way to save time, money, and man-hours that go into a more traditional approach to renovation. While they’re a great place to start, you have to take into account the unique needs of your congregation. Working with an architect at Vanman Architects and Builders can help you decide what the best route is for the needs of your church.
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Creating Coziness in Credit Union Lobbies

Commercial architecture is taking major steps towards becoming more sustainable and unique in their approach to creating beautiful buildings. Gone are the days where every building on the skyline is stark, grey, and cold. Commercial building owners are eager to work with architects who can offer creativity to their design. Vanman Architects and Builders work with commercial building owners from the first sketch to the final tile. As a firm that works under the concept of design/build architecture, we can offer those seeking credit union buildings and renovations an experience focused on making the architectural process simple from start to finish.
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How to Choose an Architect for Your Church Building

You’ve done all of the fundraising and gotten the community involved, and now it’s time to get down to brass tacks. Knowing how to choose an architect can be the difference between a so-so project and a church that reminds you every day that you made the right choice. The right architect can make the process of building a new place of worship a joyful process that will be reflected in the hearts and minds of your congregation. Before you go about picking out an architect, though, you should be aware of the best practices for finding one that will fit your needs. Try these 3 tips from Vanman Architects and Builders to get started:
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The Role of the Commercial Architect in Designing Buildings

While most architects can handle any project that a client needs accomplished, many choose to specialize in a particular field. For some, it’s residential services. You can count on them to create the home of your dreams. A commercial architect, on the other hand, prefers to work with larger structures that serve a purpose outside of being someone’s primary residence. Whether it’s your community church or an enormous high-rise building, a commercial architect takes a major role in assuring that your building is functional, beautiful, and prepared to meet any coding laws that your city may present.
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Here’s What’s Trending: Church Designs of 2018

While the purpose of the church is timeless and universal, church designs change as trends in architecture, arts, and community priority change. Design/builders and the clients they work for are tasked with the duty of staying one step ahead of what’s coming next, so that their building will be looked upon as a modern safe haven, a community center that serves the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of its people.
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