3 Modern Bank Interior Design Features Your Branch Needs

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Modern banks are getting a face lift with added interior design features to improve the overall customer branch experience. Upgrading the in-store banking experience can help increase foot traffic and customer satisfaction.

Take Capital One, a once digital-only bank, for example. They did what no one predicted by opening the Capital One Café, a coffee shop plus bank. The premise? To provide a space where their customers have options to explore their finances or just grab a coffee and go about their daily routine. Despite initial industry skepticism, this out-of-the-box idea is proving to be quite successful.

Learn how your branch can hop on this trend and why adding modern interior design elements is the key.

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Fundraising for Church Construction: Small Congregations

Any architectural project can require time and resources that often seem out of reach for congregations, especially ones that are small. If you’ve decided to begin a new church construction or remodel, one of the first steps that you should take is deciding on where you’re going to get the funds to finance such a large undertaking. Fundraising is one of the best places to start because it allows the community to have a sense of ownership and accountability for their worship space.

If you’re planning your fundraising activities, here are a few ideas to get you started:
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Three Things to Think about Before Hiring Your Church Remodeling Contractor

When you’re ready to begin your church remodel, you’ll need to find a church remodeling contractor that is willing to meet you where you are in the process of your project. Contractors have to work with you and with the company that you hire to design the building in order to complete the project as intended. When you’re looking for a church remodeling contractor, here are a few tips to think about before signing the contract:
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When Do I Need to Hire a Renovation Architect?

It can be tempting to save money on your home remodel by not using the advice of a professional, such as an architect. Anytime that your remodel requires disturbing the interior or exterior structure of your home, an architect can help assure that the structural integrity remains and that the design aspect of the remodel is aesthetically compliant with the rest of your home.
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5 Features of Church Architecture

Just as all things, church architecture has made some big leaps throughout the centuries. Some things, though, remain classic in both their function and their design. When you’re discussing your church design ideas with your design-build firm, it’s up to you and your church to decide how these 5 areas will function and look in your new building:
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Finding the Perfect Church Construction Company

When setting up a new church construction project, one does well to remember that this new place of worship is more than a building. It represents the community, the religious group that it houses, and the hard work that went into its creation. When choosing your church construction company, you want someone who understands all of the beautiful facets of constructing a church. You want someone with experience, someone who is obsessed with giving your exactly what you and your fellowship wants, on time and on budget.

One of the ways that we accomplish that is through our design-build process. By creating a streamlined flow of work, project owners only have to worry about one contract. The design-build team collaborates, working together to make every decision, which leaves less room for mistakes and disagreements.  Even more exciting is that going through the design-build process, as opposed to the more traditional process, can mean that you save money. According to the Design-Build Institute of America, unit cost is 6.1% less and construction speed is 12% faster. That means that your congregation is back in your building faster than they would be if you chose to hire both a design team and a build team.
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The Benefits of the Design-Build Approach

In our past blog posts, we’ve often touched on all of the benefits of the design-build model of church architecture. Vanman Architects and Builders uses this approach exclusively, because we’re sure that it is the best, most efficient way to create beautiful centers of worship. If you’re thinking about beginning a church construction contact, here’s why a design-build approach is a great option:
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The Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking is an exciting step in the process of your building project.  This is a turning point.  Until this point, your building project has been a private endeavor.  This has been a project known only to your church congregation, and only a few people in your community know about this development.  The groundbreaking is the moment where this becomes a part of the community.  Construction and changes will be visible for all to see.  This is the time to involve the neighborhood in your church construction.  Plan for it and let your neighbors know how you fit in the fabric of the area.  Most churches will celebrate the groundbreaking with a dedication service.  Invite the community to your service.  Some of our church clients have invited the mayor, local business owners, other church pastors, and other people in the community.
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Church Stage Considerations in Your Worship Space

At Vanman Architects and Builders, we have discovered that the portion of the church building that often is not discussed early enough or often enough is the design of the focus of the worship service: the church stage, or church platform, or church altar.

Before getting too far into the discussions of how the church building will be designed, study how the platform or stage will be used.  An experienced church architect will have certain expectations of how your church uses your altar – if you use the church platform differently than expected, let your architect know to avoid any costly changes at the end of design. 
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