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St. Matthew’s Church Remodel and Landscape Remodel

This is a church in Newport Beach that is thriving. As this church naturally grew so did the need for more functional space. A committee was formed which included the Bishop and several professionals from the church, including myself, to help design and facilitate the vision. This was a great collaboration. I was privileged to work with some of the most creative and delightful people of my life, as well as with outside architects, landscape architects and vendors.

The project included pushing the rear wall to create more space for seating in the Nave of the church, turning the attached fellowship hall into a Narthex, concealing the door the gourmet Kitchen, updating the burgeoning school, and creating an outdoor space that could accommodate weddings, receptions, church feasts, bible studies and lectures and other events that happen through-out the year.

We designed outdoor pavilions that compliment the church architecture: one large, connected to the church and one smaller, connected to the school. We designed it with open walls with canvas panels, with windows, that roll down. There are also heaters in the rafters for warmth in cool in inclement weather, along with the cooling effect of fans for the warm summers.

This also involved a new landscape design that included a raised bed fenced garden area that includes fruit trees and a composting bin to accommodate the schools organic living program.

A large fire ring with seating was designed in close proximity to the large pavilion that is used often by parishioners as a place of conversation and connection.

The result of this whole process is a beautiful and functional interior and exterior space used and enjoyed by the parishioners throughout the year!

Click here for the Before and After Gallery.

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