Whether it be a sanctuary, fellowship hall, gymnasium, or youth center, an effective church design will serve the current needs of a congregation and also accommodate future growth. Before we discuss the process of creating functional and appealing church designs, here are a few reasons why existing plans tend to fall short:
Why You Can’t Rely 100% on an Existing Church Plan
When you started thinking about building a new church, chances are you started by searching the internet for photos, floor plans, and common designs to get ideas for your project. During this process many church leaders stumble upon something they believe is just what they need, but the problem is, there are a multitude of considerations that make existing church designs unreliable.
4 Reasons Why Existing Church Designs are Unreliable
1. Size and Numbers:
Before choosing a space to accommodate your church, it’s important to note that the size of your building should be uniquely based upon the size and fluctuations of your congregation. Below is a snapshot of factors that could affect your church building plan:
Engineering a church building for local environmental factors such as snow, wind and seismic conditions can greatly affect the final material cost of a church design. If you’re looking at an existing church building plan, it’s important to consider the extra money you may gain, or how your budget may be reduced by correctly engineering the structure for maximum durability and efficiency.
3. Future Expansion Possibilities:
As a rule of thumb, it’s easier and more cost-effective to expand an existing building by making it longer than wider. Steel buildings can be specifically designed for future expansion from the end walls, whereas other construction methods are much more difficult to expand upon in the future. Choosing a pre-fab church building design allows you the flexibility to expand as your congregation grows.
4. Budget and Financing:
It’s true that an existing floor plan can help you determine how many classrooms, offices and storage areas you can fit into a certain size building. However, it does not account for all of the materials and finishes that can take your church design from 2D to 3D.
Price Per Square Foot Ranges for Finished Church Buildings
We’ve seen these materials and finishes cost anywhere from $40 per square foot for modest designs up to $150-$300 per square foot for extravagant plans. Whether you’re working with a bank or just trying to maintain a budget set by your church leadership, knowing how much the building will cost from the first shovel full of dirt moved to the last light bulb screwed in is essential to any successful church project.
Effective Tools for Planning Church Projects
Below we will examine how Calvary Baptist in California used our church building design process, including floor plans and 3D renderings, to plan and build their new church building.
|Calvary Baptist||Project Information|
|Building Size:||90′ x 50′|
|Wall Color:||Polar White|
|Roof Color:||Polar White|
|Trim Color:||Hawaiian Blue|
Zoning and Code Analysis
Before deciding what to build you have to determine what you can build according to your local zoning guidelines. This step includes answering questions like setbacks, height restrictions and occupancy guidelines.
2D Church Floor Plans
Example floor plans can be an effective reference as you begin to decide how to use your new church building and General Steel has hundreds for you to gain ideas from. In the end, the design has to be perfect for your unique congregation which is why the design team at General Steel allows you to make multiple changes to your floor plan while guiding you towards the perfect design. You can see the final changes Calvary Baptist made to their floor plan by examining the two ideas below.
What If There’s An Existing Building?
If you’re expanding upon an existing church building, simply send photos of your property as Calvary did below. As you can see in the renderings above, General Steel will design your new church building to complement the existing structure.
Final Steps Before Ordering Your Building
After approving the final versions of your 3D renderings and floor plans, some churches are ready to move forward ordering their prefab metal building while others need to begin raising the necessary funds.
The Final Product
Here’s what Calvary Baptist’s church looked like after they completed the church design process with General Steel.
Contact General Steel to Get Started
Come see for yourself how General Steel can help you effectively plan your church project. We will meet you where you are in the process of building and provide you and your church with the tools necessary to make your project a true success!