10 Simple Rules for Designing a Great Sanctuary

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.

Synagogue Building 101


When building your house of worship here are the basics rules of thumb.

When purchasing land plan on 1 usable acre of paved, stripped parking for every 300 people.  A paved, stripped parking area should be able to accommodate between 100-115 cars per usable acre and most building codes allocate 1 car per 3 people.  Many local building codes may require islands of planted vegetation within the parking lot which reduces the number of cars per acre. 

21 Questions to Ask when Qualifying Your Contractor

  • How long have you been in business?
  • In what kind of work do you specialize?
  • How many employees do you have?
  • How long have your key employees been with you?
  • Will you use your own crew for the work or will you subcontract all or part of the job?
  • What types of work are you licensed to do in our state?