Interior Design

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion| Dublin, OH

Press Release – Northwest Chapel

The McKnight Group has completed work at Northwest Chapel in Dublin, OH.  This project provided an interior remodel of the sanctuary including new flooring, new light fixtures, replacement of existing pew with new chairs, replacement of the portable section of the platform with a permanent section, creating a new check-in area for the children’s ministry, applying new drywall ceiling over the existing acoustic sprayed ceiling.  The foyer was updated with a new paint color /scheme and new signage placed.

Owner: Northwest Chapel, Dublin, OH
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH



The McKnight Group Announces Construction Completion | Powell, OH

Press Release – Grace Powell Church Remodel

The McKnight Group is wrapping up the multi-use sanctuary remodel at Grace Powell Church in Powell, OH.  Construction consisted of a partial demolition and remodel of the 5,254 square foot existing multi-use worship center, demolition and rebuild of the existing platform. This includes new ceilings, partitions, and finishes. This remodel is being done to improve the worship space and increases the church’s ability to reach out to the community through their vibrant sports ministry.

Owner: Grace Powell Church, Powell, OH
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH



The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Rockford, OH

Press Release – New Horizons Community Church

The McKnight Group has started construction at New Horizons Community Church in Rockford, OH.  Construction will consist of an addition to the existing church building of 9,692 square feet containing Classrooms, Offices, Restrooms, a Children’s Church and a kitchen expansion.  These spaces will support children’s ministries, as well as childcare and education offerings to help Rockford and the surrounding area.

Owner: New Horizons Community Church, Rockford, OH
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH



The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Strongsville United Methodist Church

Press Release – Strongsville United Methodist Church  

The McKnight Group has broken ground at Strongsville United Methodist Church in Strongsville, OH.  Construction will consist of a two-story addition of 15,385 square feet to the existing building that will include classrooms, restrooms, playland, foyer, offices and a drive under canopy.  This project will also consist of removing and relocating the existing stained glass from the front worship center window and rework existing opening for replacement light box window.  A remodel of the existing foyer, hospitality room, children’s foyer and children’s church multiuse space will also take place.

Owner: Strongsville United Methodist Church, Strongsville, OH   
Design/Build Firm: The McKnight Group, Grove City, OH
General Contractor: McKnight Development Corp., Grove City, OH
Architect/Designer: McKnight & Hosterman Architects, Inc., Grove City, OH

2021-11-08T19:53:28+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design, Press Release, Worship Spaces|

The McKnight Group Announces Construction Start | Grove City Nazarene

Press Release – Grove City Church of the Nazarene

The McKnight Group has begun work at Grove City Church of the Nazarene in Grove City, OH. Construction will consist of a remodel to the existing foyer, bookstore, hospitality center, and restrooms.  The remodel will also include the replacement of the sanctuary carpet. This “first impressions” remodel will affect the areas most seen by visitors and will serve as a warm and welcoming environment to new visitors.





2021-11-05T18:34:31+00:00 October 26th, 2021|Church Design, Interior Design, Press Release, Remodeling|

Four Important Steps to Prepare for Selecting Church Building Interior Finishes

One of the more daunting tasks during the church design process is determining what the interior finishes of your church building will be.  It’s not something church leaders can jump right into. There are so many options and decisions to be made, like the color and types of flooring, fixtures and furniture, paint and wall coverings, to name a few. It may be difficult to know where to start, but here are four steps to help make certain that all of your interior finishes will support your vision for ministry and make your building attractive to those you want to reach.

Step 1: Define Your Church Vision

This step may not seem obvious, but it’s critically important. In fact, we write frequently about the importance of having a church vision for your church design process. Who are you trying to reach? What are your ministries? What do you want to convey as people are entering the space? Your interior finishes are more than just carpet and paint on the walls. It’s about the impression you give to people who walk in the doors. Having clarity on these questions, your finishes, and overall design will align with the objectives of your ministry.

Step 2: Assemble the Right Interior Design Team

As your vision is finalized, it’s time to get your team in place. The interior design team will likely be a sub-group of the construction team. A smaller group will help make decisions easier to complete. You want people who understand both (1) your vision for ministry and (2) that it’s not about their personal needs, desires, or preferences. You want people who can focus on what you’re trying to accomplish. It can be helpful to include some that have some experience or background with interior design or a related trade, but it is not necessary if you are partnered with professionals. Once the team is determined, they should visit other area churches, and even local retail and restaurant locations to understand what people in the area are accustomed to seeing. You know the community but look at the spaces in new ways to see the details. Take pictures of the things you would like to consider including in your design. Doing so will help the final interior finish selections fit into the overall style of the community.  

Step 3: Engage Church Design Professionals

If you’re constructing a new church building or doing major architectural renovations, you should already be engaging with church design professionals who can provide wisdom and resources on interior design. The McKnight Group includes this help for all our clients. This is also an important step for smaller projects. While it may seem like enough to have a church member on your design team who’s recently remodeled their home, or even one who has some commercial experience, they won’t necessarily know the nuances of selecting all of the finishes for your church.

Step 4: Consider Your Church Building Budget

Finally (and yes, these steps are somewhat integrated timewise), you will need to be clear about what your church building budget will allow before you begin choosing interior finishes. Again, if your interior design project is part of a broader church building package, that master plan will most likely already include a budget for interior finishes. If not, then you’ll need to pay careful attention to what you can afford as you begin to discuss what you would like in terms of finishes.

Once these four steps are completed, it will be time to actually do the selecting. But by having done the groundwork we’ve outlined; the task should be much less daunting. For other tips on church design and church building, feel free to visit the webpage for our webinars and sign up for our next free i3 webinar.

2021-05-11T18:14:02+00:00 May 11th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Answering Some Church Building Interior Design Questions

From time to time, we share questions and answers from our free i3 webinars so church leaders can learn from others facing similar situations. Recently, our Interior Design expert Jennifer Snider answered participants’ questions about different aspects of church design interior finishes, including interior walls and design renderings. For those of you who might have missed this webinar, below are Jennifer’s responses to these questions.

We also invite your interior design and church building questions at any time. We are happy to talk about the scope of your church design project and the best way to approach your new church building or remodeling plans. Perhaps we can help you determine the resources you would need. To request a consultation, simply reach out to us by phone at 800-625-6448 or by email at

Question 1: Should Church Building Ceiling and Wall Textures Be the Same or Different?

The short answer is that there’s not necessarily any firm rule about it. Depending on the size of your church building, you may have ceilings of different materials, such as acoustical tile, alongside a smooth wall finish. Depending on how old your church building is—if, for example, you’re doing a renovation to update an older building—you might have popcorn drywall ceilings. We typically see a preference to smooth out those older ceilings.

Most church leaders’ preferences, at least in the Midwest, are for a smooth wall surface and a smooth ceiling surface, both of which are drywall. However, there are parts of the country where textured walls are more common. Texture is also an easier finish to complete and can be a nice way to hide an uneven surface during remodeling. In terms of your budget, if you’re going to have a smooth finish on your ceiling, you will likely need to spend a little bit more money to get an experienced dry-waller who can work at a level sufficient to prevent any seams or imperfections showing.

Question 2: Stone or Wood Accent Wall: Which Will Last Longer, in Terms of Style?

Wood has become really popular lately, especially the barn wood look or the pallet wood accent walls. From a longevity standpoint, in terms of church design, we believe that stone is going to have a longer life. Some of the wood looks are trendier, whereas stone is a natural product that always has that same test-of-time look to it. So, between the two, for longevity of style, it’s preferable to integrate stone accent walls into your interior design.

Question 3: Do We Need an Interior Design Rendering in Our Church Design Portfolio?

We do always recommend at least some interior design rendering. It is very helpful for people to be able to see what the proposed church building space would look like on the inside as well as the exterior. So, a rendering may be an important option to consider when you’re preparing to present your church building project to your congregation. It helps everyone buy in to your new church design and more easily connect with your church vision for the space.

As we mentioned, these good questions came from one of our free i3 webinars. Sign up for our upcoming webinars to learn more about church building and design and to ask questions of your own.

2020-09-15T20:51:00+00:00 September 15th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Learn About the Latest in Carpet Technology for Your Church Building

When considering how to make your church interior a welcoming space, one key element is the flooring choices you make. Carpeting is a common and great choice for church interior design, but in recent years the options have changed considerably. In this post, we share the latest information about carpet technology and explain why carpet tile is a good option for the interior design of your church building.

What is Carpet Tile?

Traditionally, carpet was manufactured and transported in 12-foot-long rolls, called broadloom. You’ve probably seen carpet rolls like that along the back wall of home improvement stores. While it’s easy to create a uniform look, broadloom carpet has disadvantages, especially if a section gets damaged and you need to replace it. Fortunately, carpet tile has developed into a superior product that provides a number of advantages over broadloom.

Carpet tile generally comes in square or rectangular shapes, typical sizes are 24”x24” and 18”x36”, although some patterns are available in other sizes, such 9”x36”.  More complex shapes are also available, such as hexigons. It installs easily and there is less waste with the installation process, but unlike ceramic or vinyl tile, it provides a welcoming warmth and softness, along with better acoustics. You can also more easily create patterns with carpet tile that can help convey your church design and vision for ministry.

Being Good Stewards with Your Church Building Carpeting

Choosing carpet tile is good stewardship for a number of reasons. As noted above, there’s less waste in the installation process. It’s easy to replace just one or two carpet tiles if there’s stain or damage to the carpet, rather than needing to replace an entire section. The vinyl backing on carpet tiles also helps keep spills from seeping through to the floor.

As with any interior design materials, you get what you pay for. You don’t want residential quality carpeting, because your church building will have a lot more traffic than you would have in your house. Code also requires commercial grade carpet in your building.  With commercial carpeting, you want to avoid the commercial grade carpet that’s considered “tenant improvement” grade. These carpet tiles are designed only to last five years, presuming that new carpeting will be installed with each new tenant in an office building. Good stewardship requires an investment in better quality materials that will last longer.

Creating and Maintaining that Perfect Church Interior Design Look

As you can see in this photo, carpet tiles don’t have to look uniform or appear as tiles. Patterns can be highlighted or minimized, depending on how much interest and focus you want on carpeting in a particular area of your church building.

Other reasons to invest in superior quality carpet tile are related to warranty and maintenance. You will want to purchase carpet tile that includes warranties against edge ravel (where the yarn pulls off the backing and the weaving unravels), delamination separation (where the carpet comes off the vinyl backing), and wear. You can also be good stewards by investing in carpet tile with stain resistant qualities. All carpets can stain, but stain resistance allows for easier cleaning, because the carpet yarns are treated in such a way that they release the stain more easily.

To keep up with the latest innovations in every aspect of church design, sign up today for our upcoming free i3 church building webinars.

2020-08-11T22:13:21+00:00 August 11th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Including First Impression Spaces in Your Church Building Interior Design

First impressions are so important when remodeling a church building or creating a church design for a new structure. Whether people are driving by your church building or walking in the doors for the first time, they will unconsciously make judgments and decisions about your church community based on what they see. While it’s obvious how important the façade of your church building is to make all feel welcome and help them want to return, the interior design is also critical, especially certain areas.

The First Interior Spaces Guests Encounter in Your Church Building

Every inch of your church building will make an impression on worshipers and guests. But there are specific areas that make more of a difference than others. Your lobby is the key area for making a good first impression. Whether you’re going for an impression of old-fashioned comfort or sleek, modern style, you will give guests a sense of your church and where it places value by how clean, attractive, and well-kept your lobby or foyer appears. If you’ve got a café located off of your lobby, that draws in people if it’s inviting—but not if it’s dark and dingy and appears old or unclean.

Focusing on Interior Design Deeper in Your Building

Once guests move beyond the lobby and café, they will continue to assess your church community based on how other parts of your church building appear. Restrooms are one key component to making a good impression. Perhaps there was a time when you went to a restaurant and the restroom surprised you because it looked run-down, it wasn’t kept clean, or some of the light bulbs were dark. The same kind of reaction can happen if you don’t take care with the interior design and upkeep of restrooms in your church building.

Two other areas that tend to focus guests’ attention are the worship center children’s areas. The worship center needs careful attention to its interior design. You want guests to feel comfortable and safe in your worship space, and to feel free to worship. If the floor is sticky or the carpet worn, or if it’s difficult to safely navigate in semi-darkness, guests might decide to worship elsewhere next Sunday.  The design of your worship center can also help enhance the worship experience.  Children’s areas are also important first impression spaces. Parents will immediately decide whether you value children based on the interior design and upkeep of your children’s areas. Walls that need repainting and dark areas that aren’t well-lit or kept clean can cause parents to decide to take their children elsewhere. A vibrant, kid-oriented space will not only attract kids, but also encourage parents that you care for their children.

Making Smart Interior Design Decisions with Every Step

You might feel that the entryway to your church building is the least exciting part, but it’s as important as anywhere else to invest in smart interior design. For example, rain, or if your church is located in an area of the country that gets a lot of it, snow, can easily ruin a first impression right at the front door. You can make your entryway attractive (and avoid costly lawsuits) by installing walk-off carpet tiles, like the ones seen here, in the entryway. These tiles are designed to absorb as much as 80% of moisture and soil that people bring in on their shoes when placed effectively. When installed to allow for the recommended 6 to 8 footfalls, you won’t have to lay down rugs (which are a tripping hazard anyway) or worry about falls on slippery porcelain tile or vinyl floor surfaces.

As you can see, every square foot of your church building can benefit from intentional application of intelligent interior design. Stay tuned for more on this topic and sign up today for our free i3 webinars to keep up with the latest interior design and church building trends.

2020-07-21T20:27:07+00:00 July 21st, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Getting Interior Design Off to a Good Start for Your Church Building Project

We often share on this blog the many processes, and best practices, for putting together and successfully executing a church building project. There are always multiple elements that must be woven together to create a successful church design. Interior design is an integral part of this process; as the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. This is why we recommend putting together an interior design team very soon in the church design process.

When to Form Your Interior Design Team

Many church leaders can mistakenly believe that, since the interior of a church building is completed last, you don’t need to work on interior design until later. However, we believe it’s important to keep the whole picture in sight throughout the process.  The extent of your project will determine the best time to form your interior design team.  For a remodeling project you are planning on your own, we suggest that as soon as your vision for ministry has been determined by your church’s leadership team, it’s time to form an interior design team. When your project involves architectural changes or is new construction, your interior design team will jump begin to get involved during your construction drawing phase. Completing a successful church design project depends on good planning and making the right decisions from the start.

Key Elements to Composing the Best Interior Design Team

You want a small group, so that decisions can be made efficiently. The most important qualification for members of the group is that they have a clear understanding of your vision, and for them to be outwardly looking.

It’s easy for team members to become focused on what they like and want in a church building interior. If potential team members tend to say, “I don’t like this,” or “I don’t like that,” they’re missing the purpose of the interior design team. You want team members who can concentrate on what you’re trying to accomplish as a church and focus on the best decisions for your ministries and who you are trying to reach for Christ.

When it comes to choosing members of the team, you may have some people with some professional experience, or a background in some element of interior design that can be helpful. You will also need a member of the construction committee on your team so that communication and updates flow freely in both directions. It’s not important to recruit people who have renovated their own homes and therefore feel they have interior design expertise. There are a number of critical differences between residential and commercial finishes that will be especially important to understand.

When to Integrate Church Building Professionals into Your Process

The differences between residential and commercial design are just one reason we suggest involving professional consultants in your interior design process. Professionals will be able to offer resources and expertise to both the church design and the church building process. Exactly when you introduce professionals into the process may depend on whether you’re constructing a new church design from scratch, or undertaking a building renovation or “face lift” of existing space in your church building. The important thing is to recognize the value and wisdom that knowledgeable professionals, such as The McKnight Group, can bring to your interior design team.

We’ve been sharing best practices like these on every element of church design and construction for many years now. One of the most effective ways has been through our free i3 webinars. To learn more, visit our i3 page and sign up for our next webinar.


2020-07-14T19:45:23+00:00 July 14th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|