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10 Simple Rules for Designing a Great Sanctuary
1. Ceiling Height – Create as high a ceiling as possible.  High ceilings help create the feeling that the space is important, which in turn helps instill reverence in the space.  High ceilings are also required to create the acoustics needed for music, praying in unison, and projection of the voice.  Music requires a high ceiling in order to sound full-bodied and powerful.
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13 Common Sense Items that Every Synagogue Construction Contract Must Have
All contracts must be in writing.  Repeat after me – ALL CONTRACTS MUST BE IN WRITING!
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21 Questions to Ask when Qualifying Your Contractor
1. How long have you been in business?
2. In what kind of work do you specialize?
3. How many employees do you have?
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What to expect when hiring an architect
When selecting an architect, it is important to interview several experienced in working with congregations and renovating existing structures.  You may be able to obtain names and numbers of qualified professionals by contacting you local AIA chapter.  Ask members of other congregations if they might make recommendations.  Once you meet with several architects, ask each to see their work.  Learn what the challenges of the design and budget faced them and ask how the resolved these issues.
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Ten Mistakes to Avoid when hiring a Synagogue Contractor
1. Being your own general contractor
2. Hiring the wrong general contractor
3. Unclear specifications
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The Most Important Questions to Ask When Renovating Your Synagogue!
What will happen if we do nothing?
What work do we want completed?
What is the structural condition of the building?
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Big Ways to Save Money when You Build
As any architect or construction estimator knows, any building that is not a square or rectangle will be more expensive to build and furnish.  The easiest  way to have substantial money  is to build a building that is a square or a rectangle.
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Choosing the construction team
A guide to hiring contractors, subcontractors and vendors.
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Synagogue Building 101 RULES OF THUMB
When building your house of worship here are the basics rules of thumb.
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Understanding a Synagogue Construction Budget
The importance of numbers in black and white so they won’t go the red.
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Buying Land for Your House of Worship
When buying land, the first thing is to ask the basic question. “Where do we need to be geographically?”  If you were to say that you need to be within a five mile square of your current neighborhood or church - that is a good starting point. 
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