the right church architect
The way most churches hire a
church architect is dead wrong and ends up costing God's church
millions of dollars every year!!
This money is wasted on
church plans that will probably never be
built because the plans far exceed the financial ability of the
church. The church has a responsibility to fundamentally
understand what they need to build and what they can afford
before they contemplate hiring a church architect!
Follow these tips and you will save
time, money and effort in the hiring of a church architect and
the architectural design of your new church. Church
construction is never easy, but there are things you can to do
make the church design process a lot more effective.
3 things that your
church should do before it engages a church architect.
Understand what your church needs to build to meet the needs
of ministry. A
church architect, even many of those who have
helped other churches, are typically not really good a
translating the needs of the church into land and building
requirements. If you need help, look to engaging the
services of an independent
what you can afford to build. Your building plans must
accomplished within the scope of what you have
determined you can afford to build - and that budget needs to
be clearly conveyed to your architect. 4 out of 5
churches will have a building plan designed by an architect that is
2-3 times what they can truly afford to build. Don't
become a statistic!
Review the options.
Consider whether you must have a custom
church plan or whether you might save time and money using an
existing church building plan. You also need to find a church architect, not
just an architect that has done a few churches. The architect
you select should have experience designing the type, style, and
size of church you are planning to build.
Failure to know what you need
and what you can afford before you engage a church architect
will, far more often than not, end up costing your church
money to create a set of plans that they can never build.
Many architects (and sadly some "church architects") do not really know much about church design,
and they certainly cannot help you with understanding what
you can afford and how you will pay for it.
Get some help from a
church consultant to become equipped to
get the right design solution and provider.
church architect or download
stock church building plans from various church architects that
are available online.
Cost Savings Ideas When Hiring A
Once you conceptually know
what you need to build, and what you can afford, your church
needs to decide on whether to go with the traditional
design/bid/build process or a more contemporary solution
you decide to hire an architect, you will probably benefit
from help from a consultant to help you evaluate, select and
negotiate with the design firm. An experienced
consultant, working for the church, can usually help your
church save or more on architectural fees.
The same consulting services can help you if you should go
with the design/build process as well, to insure you get the
best church design and construction solution for your money.
Church architects normally try to charge between 7% and 10%
of the project budget. An experienced consultant may
be able to get that fee down to 4-5%. The church may
be able to save even more
by starting with church plans from other building programs.
Tip: Look for
church architects that will provide flat fee services rather than a
percentage of the project. The problem with percentage
based fees is that there is no incentive for the church architect
to save you any costs on the project, as doing so costs them
Look at architects that have
not only done churches before, but have built churches like
the one you want to build. A church architect that has
designed dozens of traditional mainline churches will be
less equipped to build a cost efficient small contemporary
information, read our article
75 Questions to Ask When
Hiring a Church Architect.
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