Church steeple plans: are they a thing of the past, or are they still relevant? Some people argue that the purpose of the building is the same whether you incorporate church steeple plans into your design or not. We agree. However, a church building has a great distinction in purpose from any other building in the world; we believe it should look like it. In a sense, well designed church steeple plans are a form of worship. Your church steeple plans point to our creator and establish a feeling of reverence before your perishers even walk through your doors.
If you are planning your church building and making decisions on the church steeple plans, pay attention to our list of tips below:
Three Things to Think About in Your Church Steeple Design
- Consider Functionality as Well as Appearance
Throughout the church steeple history, the steeple has always served a greater purpose than just the aesthetic value it contributed to the church building. The original purpose of a church steeple was to house the bell that called perishers to worship. In our day in age, you might or might not want a bell. Even if you do play a bell sound, you will use digital technology rather than a historic bell to make the sound. However, there are new functions that a steeple provides.
Your church steeple could provide an invisible home for a cell phone tower. This provides a service to the community your church is in, as it improves connectivity and the ability to communicate. It also can provide funding for your church, which furthers the mission of good work. If you are interested in leasing your steeple to a mobile service provider, you should make sure that you talk to several providers before you enter into an agreement, to ensure you get the best arrangement, and are not committed to terms that do not benefit your church or the community you’re in.
It’s a good idea to involve cell phone service providers in the design of your steeple, to get the greatest functionality from it, if this is a concern for you.
- Design a steeple that matches the architecture of the building, not vice versa.
A good steeple design adds considerable aesthetic value to the look and feel of your building, and guides the community through your doors. However, steeple designs are not a “one size fits all” type of investment. In order to make sure that your steeple offers the greatest value to the look and feel of the entire structure, you should strive to match the steeple to the style and era of the building itself. If the architectural style of your building is a classic style, you want to make sure you select a steeple style that compliments it. The steeple should not be the focal point of the entire structure, instead it should be like a crown that gracefully adorns a building to enrich the beauty it already has. That is only possible if you choose a steeple that compliments the style and design of the rest of the building.
- Weigh out biggest design three factors when selecting a steeple: cost, appearance, and size.
The budget you have for your steeple will be a great driver in your selection. However, if price is your only driver, you might want to consider forgoing a steeple altogether. If you cut corners or just choose the least-expensive option on the market, it will have a negative impact on the look and feel of the overall structure.
The trick is to get the best quality and appearance of a steeple, at a cost that fits in your budget. This might involve negotiating with several steeple manufacturers, or being flexible enough to make changes that will save you money while still providing a positive impact on your church building.
We cannot stress this enough: the size of the steeple must match the building. Even an incredible steeple, in both appearance and quality, has a negative impact on the building if it is too large or too small for the rest of the building. Some designers of church steeples suggest that a steeple that is approximately 20% of the height of the building itself is the ideal size for a steeple.
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