Planning before building is a priority and should not be overlooked when starting the construction process. Church building plans are composed of a variety of elements to consider. As with choosing a contractor, research before and during the planning stage can save costly mistakes later.
When planning, consider the funds you have available. If your funds are insufficient, you may wish to take a step back and work toward that end before moving any further. Think about the type of building you want to build, as well as what your building needs are. Is a metal church building ideal for what you need? Do you need more office space or more classroom space? Also study zoning laws and regulations that you may not be aware of. Remember, before your plans are finalized, they can be changed! Research and think thoroughly before you break ground and the time you spend preparing will be well worth it.
We as church builders will help deciding on the overall picture of the type of building you want to construct, materials obviously play a big part in the decision making process. Growing in popularity, a metal church building may be your design of choice. A quick overview of metal construction shows that metal buildings are less expensive to heat in the winter and easier to keep cool in the summer. They can also withstand more damage and offer a quicker turnaround time in the building process. Overall, choosing to use a metal frame may be more cost effective.
As you are putting together your church building plans, it is always a good idea to explore all of your options and choose the one that best suits your congregation, your needs and your budget.