Studio Four Design Ensures Brand Consistency for Growing Pie Franchise

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop retains Knoxville architectural design firm

Studio Four Design - Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

The store design for Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, developed by Studio Four Design, is based on a southern traditional aesthetic to reflect the roots of the franchise owners Scott and Meredith Layton.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. July 18, 2016 – Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop selected Studio Four Design, a top architecture firm in Knoxville, to aid the development of additional franchised locations nationwide. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop owners Scott and Meredith Layton opened their first location in Knoxville in 2013, and began franchising in early 2014.

After previously working with Studio Four Design on their own home, the Layton’s consulted the firm to develop a concept that preserves the brand continuity which is now reflected in the four Buttermilk Sky Pie Shops locations in the southern U.S.

“Working with Studio Four Design has been an important component in our franchise expansion efforts as the overall look and feel of each new location must reflect our brand standards,” says Scott Layton, owner of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. “When we opened our first location, people approached us about franchising. Meredith and I knew we wanted to maintain our brand identity, so we pursued that concept with careful consideration. While every nook and cranny in each of these locations may not be identical, each store does need to feel like it’s a part of the bigger family. Studio Four Design team helped us to realize that goal, keeping our image consistent even despite the variation in construction, property and design costs that were unique to each area.”

“Scott and Meredith wanted a store design that reflected their southern roots in a simple, yet stated way,” said Michael Keller, principal and CFO of Studio Four Design. “We developed what we call a ‘Modern Garden & Gun’ concept which maintains the southern tradition aesthetic of Scott and Meredith’s family by integrating old stained sliding doors and heirloom pieces with more modern elements like subway tiles. We wanted to create a design guide that could be simulated in various building layouts and still communicate the familial foundation of their business.”

To learn more about Studio Four Design’s project with Buttermilk Sky Pie, visit www.studiofourdesign.com/project/buttermilk-sky.

About Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop

Inspired by two very special grandmothers with a fondness and talent for baking pies, Scott and Meredith Layton opened the original Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2012. Franchising soon after in 2014, the pie shop now has four franchise locations in Knoxville and Franklin, Tennessee; Sandy Springs, Georgia; and Colleyville, Texas. Classic flavors such as coconut cream, Granny’s apple, chocolate meringue and its namesake buttermilk pie are created with love daily with seasonal favorites and thumbprint cookies also available. For more information on Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, its franchising opportunities or its monthly ‘Pie It Forward’ campaign, visit http://www.buttermilkskypie.com/.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is ‘Design Matters’ and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve.  To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Studio Four Design Celebrates 14th Anniversary by Unveiling Brand New User-Friendly Website

Leading Knoxville based architecture firm commemorates 14th anniversary with strategic layout and new branding

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Bold and clean, the new Studio Four Design website was designed for optimal engagement with a seamless user experience in mind.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. July 14, 2016 – Studio Four Design, a leading Knoxville architect and design firm, rings in its 14th year of business by building an all new, user-friendly website. The new website showcases the firm’s mission of Design Matters by highlighting a variety of its architecture and design projects allowing clients and potential clients to navigate the company’s current and new projects more easily.

The website is now compatible with most mobile browsers and allows for optimal engagement. Studio Four Design aims to make the design experience as seamless as possible to help in all circumstances – whether you are planning, developing, designing or need assisting with your next project.

“Our inspiration comes from unexpected moments and focused collaboration.  We use this to create a story unique to each project. We respect the design process and the people, and want our website to showcase that. We’ve built a trusted brand for more than 14 years and it’s important for us to be adaptable to the needs of our community,” said Stacy Cox, president and CEO. “This all-new website will allow users to get a better idea of who we are and how we can assist them.”

Studio Four Design’s new website features:

  • A fully responsive desktop and mobile design
  • Information on the history of the company and its team members
  • Updated content that reflects the quality of current and new projects

Studio Four Design has built a 14 year old legacy of delivering high quality design services based on creativity, innovation and hard work for its clients which remains the foundation of the company’s success. Some featured projects on the new website include Altar’d State’s design of 75+ stores in 20 states, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, as well as Walker Collision Repair’s 23,500 square foot automotive center in Farragut, Tennessee. The team at Studio Four Design believes and understands that design is not just a means to an end, but rather a beginning to tell your story and is confident the new website launch will do just that. Studio Four will continue its success and trust to Knoxville and surrounding residents.

To learn more about Studio Four Design’s architectural services and to see the newly designed website, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

About Studio Four Design Inc.
Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve.  To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Are Your Church Facilities a Barrier to Your Ministry? – Part Two

In our previous blog post, we discussed how a church’s building design communicates to its attendees. While growth is the goal for a church, commencing a church expansion project requires careful consideration. If you expand too early, you might not see the return on your investment. If you wait too long, your congregation and membership may suffer.

To avoid this uncertainty, the church architecture and design expert consultants at Studio Four Design identified the areas and indicators to answer your church construction questions like “What do you build?”, “When do you build?”, and “Should you expand now or later?” Here is our second part to your church expansion inquiries.

PARKING

Previously we discussed what reaching 80 percent of your building’s capacity means for your worship space. Truth is, if your worship space is at 80 percent capacity then in all likelihood, your parking lots are full too. The experience of entering and exiting your campus are key first impressions for a visitor to your church.

It’s common to require a minimum ratio of one car to every three or four seats in your worship facility based on the average family size. What’s your parking lot’s current capacity? If you’d like your church to expand, additional parking should be considered a part of that expansion. Develop a site master plan to study what your entire campus currently offers. Then identify what constraints your property has for your future facility needs.

ENVIRONMENT & SETTING

While there is a comfort and ease to keeping things the same, you may get used to something and unable to see the changing quality of the appearance of your campus. Is your landscaping regularly maintained throughout the seasons? How clean and maintained are your sidewalks and parking lots? Do your exterior elements need to be updated? What do your furniture, finishes and lighting communicate about your church fellowship?

The overall environment of your church makes a lasting first impression about your congregation and staff and it influences whether or not visitors return. Accelerate growth by matching your church’s personality inside and out, utilizing wasted space and regularly maintaining the look and functionality of your exteriors and interiors.

Consulting with architecture and design professionals with experience in church building designs can help determine the right path for your church’s facilities. Growth is an exciting part of the ministry but don’t let it overwhelm your congregation or deter from your mission.

Church expansion issues should be dealt with to foster growth, yet they should never take precedence above the church’s mission to foster relationships with your community. Proverbs 21:5 says, ‘The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.’ Don’t let your facility be a barrier to your mission. Work with professional architecture and design consultants such as the experts at Studio Four Design to make a plan that addresses your growth and other facility barriers while still being stewards to your mission.

By Stacy L. Cox, AIA, President, Studio Four Design

Are Your Church Facilities a Barrier to Your Ministry?

A church’s building design communicates to its attendees before they even step through the doors. While growth is the goal for a church, commencing a church expansion project requires careful consideration. If you expand too early, you might not see the return on your investment. If you wait too long, your congregation and membership may suffer.

To avoid this uncertainty, the church architecture and design expert consultants at Studio Four Design identified the areas and indicators to answer your church construction questions like “What do you build?”, “When do you build?”, and “Should you expand now or later?”

WORSHIP SPACE

Not sure if your church is experiencing growth? Check your attendance at church services. Your building reaches capacity when your sanctuary or auditorium is, on average, 80 percent filled at each event. If your church, at fullest capacity, seats 500 people, your attendance growth has reached a plateau when you average 400 or more at each church service.

A second service could help address this attendance plateau. Giving people scheduling options lifts the restriction of your entire congregation meeting at once, but it also creates more work, more time and more effort in terms of staffing, branding, technology and communication.  However, opening up your scheduling flexibility gives churchgoers more opportunities to volunteer. It even gives your staff the ability to connect with attendees on a more personal level. Your classrooms will also feel less crowded from the alternate services.

As your congregation continues to grow, think about what is feasible for your church. If you hit a plateau with both services, can you add another time slot for your teaching? This is when you should consider a church building expansion project. Measure the rate of growth and create a plan to either expand your current facility, start production on a new church building, or plant one at a new location.

CHILDREN’S SPACE

Church growth and its children’s ministries go hand in hand. Parents decide on a church based on a number of things, one of them being the quality and the environment of your childcare services.

The activities offered and the teaching are also important, but parents consider, the size, safety and security of your children’s. They are trusting your staff with their child during an hour or two hour period of worship and listening. Putting their minds at ease will go a long way with parents.

As with your congregation, if your children’s ministry is facing a capacity plateau or if the layout of classrooms and auditoriums is puzzling for parents, your church build could deter parents from regularly attending. Your childcare offerings should put parents at ease during the teaching and a cramped space or confusing layout can distract them.

Considering an expansion or a new facility for your church is a huge undertaking. With the help of experienced architecture and design consultants, you can make a decision for your congregation that speaks to your mission and encourages growth.

Church expansion issues should be dealt with to foster growth, yet they should never take precedence above the church’s mission to foster relationships with your community. Proverbs 21:5 says, ‘The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.’ Don’t let your facility be a barrier to your mission. Work with professional architecture and design consultants such as the experts at Studio Four Design to make a plan that addresses your growth and other facility barriers while still being stewards to your mission.

Stay tuned to find out how your parking, environment and setting can be potential barriers to your ministry.

By Stacy L. Cox, AIA, President, Studio Four Design