Why you need to hire a church design expert and not just an architect

The end of the calendar year is often a time when many churches begin planning for 2017 and beyond for capital improvements or upgrades to their existing facilities and worship centers. With church construction expenditures totaling $3.4 billion dollars in 2016 with a projected increase of over 4 percent expected in 2017, finding ways to maximize dollars that are raised towards expanding ministries may lead some church leaders to select partners for their building projects that may not deliver the desired results for sustainable growth.

Hiring a church design expert, and not simply an architect who may be unfamiliar with the needs of a place of worship, can allow your church to realize a greater return on your investment in your facilities.  For the church design experts at Studio Four Design, our knowledge and expertise in a variety of worship facility projects allows us to bring a unique perspective to our church clients.

In our experience, when your church or worship center is asking its congregation or members for a large capital investment, stewardship is an important point of emphasis for the design and creation of your space. The analogy that we allude to in our work is based upon the ideas of specialists; if you have a specific health or legal issue, you will consult with a doctor or lawyer who is a specialist in their chosen field. The same holds true for church and worship center design; instead of working with an architect who is a generalist in design, consulting and working with specialists in church design, like the team at Studio Four Design, can help you create specialized solutions specific for your individual needs.

There are a number of ways a firm that focuses on church facility design can help advance your project more smoothly, including:

Knowledge and Expertise: Specific problems related to church design are better suited for success when leveraging the knowledge and expertise of a specialist who has dealt with them before. Church designers can leverage a breadth of collective experience to solve problems specifically related to the needs of your church, while adding value in the planning process to help ensure an overall smooth delivery process. Our team’s experience can bring a new perspective to your church by asking specific questions and offering insights based on prior successes and lessons learned.  Our knowledge and experience can help to identify potential opportunities and obstacles that can be addressed in the planning stages and set the table for a successful design process.

Value: Experts in church design can bring higher value propositions to clients, based upon a broad scope view of what needs to be accomplished. A church design expert should be able to look beyond strictly “bricks and mortar” concepts in the design process and identify any components of the project that could impact or delay the building process and those that might add additional expense that should be considered within project and construction budgets. At Studio Four Design, our church design team can add value in this process through our experience to help develop realistic budgets and identify design alternatives to develop solutions to help enhance the mission of your church.

Teamwork: When you are searching for a church designer, understand that an expert may be more local than you may think. Although the expert you need may not reside in your particular town, through the application of technology they can be easily accessible via online meetings and web based project command centers that enhance project team communication. From a teamwork perspective, the use of technology can allow nearly instantaneous access to the design team, while decreasing costs associated with multiple travel expenses, thus allowing your church to save on expenditures. When you work with our team, you are working with a close-knit group who takes inspiration in solving problems for our clients.  This sense of teamwork and collaboration extends to how our team does business with our clients as well. In addition to our capabilities to utilize technology to facilitate the design process, our firm has also worked in association local architects to deliver projects.  Collaboration with a local design partner allows us to bring our specific experience to the church while using the local professional to help the team deal with local codes, zoning and other conditions that may be unique to the permitting and construction process.  In addition, a local partner can assist with drawing production, peer review, and quality control during construction.  This allows our clients to access our expertise while taking advantage of local familiarity and accessibility.

If your church or worship center is ready to expand your existing space or develop a brand new facility in 2017, taking advantage of our knowledge and expertise can help you to develop a design solution that will help you advance your mission. To learn more about our experience in church facility design, please contact Studio Four Design today to let our church design experts guide you through the process.

Studio Four Design Wins 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Preservation Award

Leading architectural and design firm wins Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Award along with Jeffrey and Patricia Nash for their design work on the Patricia Nash Designs corporate headquarters and flagship showroom in downtown Knoxville

Patricia Nash Corporate Headquarters and Flagship Showroom - Knoxville Tennessee - Studio Four Design

The 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Preservation Award winning Patricia Nash Designs corporate headquarters and flagship showroom, designed by Studio Four Design in collaboration with Jeffrey and Patricia Nash.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. November 17, 2016 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee that specializes in retail design, has won a 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Award for their collaborative design efforts with Jeffrey and Patricia Nash for the preservation rehabilitation of the Patricia Nash Designs corporate headquarters and flagship showroom at 1132 North 6th Avenue in downtown Knoxville.

The award, which is given annually to 15 construction, design and rehabilitation projects within Knox County that have contributed significantly toward a preservation effort, was presented at the Knox Heritage Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards in early November.

“This award was a great honor for us,” said Greg Terry, principal and design director at Studio Four Design. “We originally nominated Jeffrey and Patricia for the award, and didn’t imagine we were going to be included. Jeffrey has done so much for this community over the years restoring unique, historic structures all over Knoxville. This building is no different, and we are honored that we were able to collaborate with them on the interior design of the building.”

Originally built in 1928, the building was used as a manufacturing facility and warehouse for various woodworking companies and sat empty for about 12 years before it was purchased by Nash in 2015.

“Originally I wanted to renovate the building and turn it into four leasable units,” said Jeffrey Nash, owner of The Courtland Group. “Patricia and I talked about using two of the units for corporate offices, distribution and outlet stores for her business, but once we started doing space planning on those two bays, everyone started to realize really quickly that what we build out right now may work for the next six months, but not for the next six years. That’s when it dawned on us that the whole building was perfect for the future of the Patricia Nash brand.”

From there, Jeffrey, Patricia and Studio Four Design worked to blend the Patricia Nash brand with the character of the historic building that features exposed wood decking and steel windows.

“Patricia’s designs are high end and very artisan,” said Terry. “The challenge we had was taking all of the best things about her eclectic and rich look and feel and incorporating that into an old manufacturing warehouse. Our lead interior designer on the project, Jenna Wise, and interior designer Katie Schulz, worked closely with Patricia and the team to create a cohesive brand image. Jeffrey’s construction team also did an amazing job of cleaning up the building shell, which gave the design team a lot of nice features to work with including an atrium in the center of the building.”

The Nash’s incorporated several custom features including workstations from Heuristic Workshop, and chandeliers and a handrail in the atrium stairs created by a local metal fabricator Preston Farabow.

“I’m so pleased with the way the building came together,” said Patricia Nash, CEO and president of Patricia Nash Designs. “It’s a wonderful representation of who and where we are. It pays homage to the industrial history of the building while fitting in perfectly with our brand.”

For more information about the Knox Heritage 2016 Preservation Awards, visit http://knoxheritage.org/news/knox-heritage-announces-2016-preservation-awards/.

For more information about Studio Four Design, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

About Knox Heritage

Knox Heritage preserves, restores and transforms historic places. Forever, for everyone. Established in 1974 as a non-profit historic preservation organization, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors representing all areas of our community. Knox Heritage is the only organization in the region that works every day to protect our treasured structures and places. Without Knox Heritage, many of our important buildings, along with the history and charm of the area, would have been demolished.

Knox Heritage carries out its mission through a variety of programs and encourages community support through education and advocacy. Membership in the organization is by annual dues, which are tax deductible, and is open to all individuals, businesses, and organizations recognizing the foresight of historical preservation. To find out more, visit http://knoxheritage.org/.

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 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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Heather Ripley
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865-977-1973
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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

New Website Design - Studio Four Design

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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Why Design Matters

Welcome to fourthought(s), Studio Four Design’s monthly blog to discuss all things related to architecture, design and whatever else happens to be on our mind. Whether you know us intimately or if this is your first time engaging with us we wanted to kick off our blog by sharing a little bit about why, how and what we do.  So here goes…

Knoxville-based architecture firm, Studio Four Design, was founded in May of 2002 with a simple idea: To form a team of architects, interior designers and planners to focus obsessively on meeting the needs of our clients because we believe that DESIGN MATTERS. This is the reason we come to work every day and do what we do.

So why does design matter?  We believe that the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities can be positively transformed by and through the creative and thoughtful design of buildings, places and environments. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in design quite simply because people matter.

We believe that it is our responsibility to use our talents, gifts and abilities to improve the lives of those we serve within our community, our state, our country and the entire world. We are passionate about architectural and interior design for people to see, to use and to feel and we do this in several ways, such as:

  • Creating brand identities for startups and entrepreneurs to provide their businesses with a competitive edge.
  • Helping municipalities plan for growth and expansion and develop public facilities such as senior centers, fire stations and places for government that enhance the quality of living within their jurisdictions.
  • Building places to live and homes for families where memories will be created as people share their lives together.
  • Assisting manufacturers, corporations retailers and restaurateurs to establish, grow and expand their operations which in turn create jobs and economic growth in their communities.
  • Tailoring places of learning for colleges and universities which help to educate and inspire the next generation.
  • Developing sports and recreation venues which provide opportunities for entertainment, fun and fellowship.
  • Planning safe, comfortable and inviting environments that support healing and wellness in medical and dental facilities.
  • Designing churches that enhance worship, encourage relationships and provide resources for ministry growth.

The team at Studio Four Design believes and understands that design is not just a means to an end but rather a beginning – a foundation for a greater story and purpose to be told through the experiences that take place long after our work is finished.

This is where our approach to each project begins and this is Studio Four Design. Welcome to something different!