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After the Flood

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Bill Skubik in Redevelopment

Church Conversion to House The property was originally a New Apostolic Church facility from its construction in 1970 to its sale in 2014.  The facility was going to be repurposed to a day care operation (permittable in R1 zoning in Ann Arbor).  That was the intent of my client, Once Upon a Childhood. Church Building […]

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A Guide to Federal Religious Land Use Protections

Posted on December 18, 2016 by Bill Skubik in Things to Consider

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Wasted Water Leaks (Toilet Tanks & Bowls) in Churches

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Bill Skubik in Maintenance, Things to Consider

Leaky toilets (this article is about the standard tank (1.5 to 6 gallon) and toilet bowl, it does not cover more expensive pressurized toilets) can cost churches hundreds of dollars a month in needlessly higher water/sewage bills. Toilet leaks can range from large to small, constant to random, or from being heard to silent. What […]

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Pipe Organ Maintenance

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Bill Skubik in Maintenance

How to Maintain a Church Pipe Organ Pipe organs are more than just an instrument in a church; they are part of a church, which is why they are considered legacy instruments. For generation after generation, many pipe organs become a church’s identity, uniting congregations in song and prayer for many years. Take the organ […]

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How do Pipe Organs Work? A Brief Guide

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Bill Skubik in Things to Consider

Pipe Organs Work Like Humans Repeat after me, “Do, Re, Me”. Good, you used your internal organ to produce the notes of the tonal scale. Internal organ? Bad puns aside, the way humans make sounds is not that different from the way a pipe organ produces music. Using our lungs, we push air past our […]

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A Brief Guide to Tuck-pointing

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Bill Skubik in Maintenance, Things to Consider

A Brief Guide to Tuck-pointing When you see an older piece of brickwork with fresh looking joints, odds are you’re looking at successful tuck-pointing. A method developed across the pond in England, tuck-pointing is, according to Wikipedia, “a way of using two contrasting colors of mortar in the mortar joints of brickwork, one color matching […]

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Congregation Comfort: Five Steps to Maintaining Your Church’s Furnace & A/C Unit

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Bill Skubik in Maintenance

Does your church facility have a forced air heat or air conditioning system? The good news is that they don’t require much attention. The bad news is that if you ignore routine maintenance, things can turn uncomfortable quickly. It is best to maintain your systems HVAC on a regular basis. If that is too much […]

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Is that stained glass not your style? How to Repurpose and Reuse Church Components

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Bill Skubik in Maintenance, Redevelopment, Things to Consider

If you’ve acquired a facility with stained glass that needs replacement, consider repairing and reusing it elsewhere. There are many ways to reuse old glass in new church facilities, helping to establish the purpose of the building and create a sense of community. Some of the old glass could be adapted and used in entryways […]

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Church Inspections: The Cornerstone of a Successful Transaction

Posted on May 17, 2015 by Bill Skubik in Things to Consider

Are you looking at purchasing a religious facility but aren’t really sure what you’re getting? Planning to sell your church and want to know what to fix before it goes on the market? A qualified, experienced inspector can answer all of your questions. Inspectors can assist both owners and buyers in understanding the current condition, […]

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Keeping Your Congregation Covered: Church Roof Types & Maintenance

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Bill Skubik in Maintenance, Redevelopment

Church roofs can vary remarkably from one church to another; however, they all serve the same purpose of keeping your congregation warm and dry. Your church can be guaranteed comfort for decades, even centuries, with a properly installed and maintained roof. What should you consider when looking at church roof types? Cost. The top factor […]

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