Despite obstacles in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, a North Carolina church incorporates a beautiful renovation.
Jeremy Mika · April 17, 2018
Masteller was pleasantly surprised to hear that the church had contracted the high end manufacturer Floorscapes to replace the damaged flooring throughout the church. It turns out that the help of Floorscapes was another sign of God’s provision. One of the deacons of the church is a friend of the company’s director, and because of this connection Crossroads was given all products at dealer cost and Floorscapes installed them all for free.
“You would think with it being a free job they would’ve just slapped down the flooring quickly and been out of there, but that wasn’t the case,” Betts said. “They removed all of the old tile, cleaned the concrete and used commercial grade machines to professionally install our new floors. They did everything with first class quality. There is no way that we could have afforded the quality of product and installation any other way.”
Masteller suggested LVT flooring in the foyer area and picked out a beautiful grayed wood design for the product.
“Sound factor is the primary key for flooring in this area,” she said. “The LVT will keep the sounds of high heels and work boots from becoming a distraction and the wood grain really brings a warm feeling to the space.”
She finished off the foyer design with dark wood planks and face brick accent walls as well as bold splashes of color which she says give the space a fun, contemporary feel.” This warm feeling is continued right into the auditorium, where the use of dark wood on the walls with sporadic light blue splashes of color provides a great contrast.
In the kids ministry rooms Masteller proposed an hombre effect where the walls seemed to bleed into the carpeted floors. The Crossroads team wanted to give these rooms a punch of color and Floorscapes continued this in the carpeting, painstakingly matching the various colors of the walls.
As for the youth room, black walls in the room give it a concert effect during worship time and a new raised stage and video monitor also enhance the experience.
Even with all the tremendous changes that came from the renovation, one thing that cannot be changed is the amount of space that Crossroads has to work with. Following the conclusion of the renovations in December, the church moved their offices across the street to free up some space, but that is only a drop in the pan compared to the amount of growth they have experienced.
In a town with a population of 3,500, Crossroads is now seeing nearly 500 people come through their doors each week. It’s a problem, however, that Betts and his team welcomes.
“We’re challenged right now, and we’ll have to take another step in the not too distant future,” he said. “Once again, it seems like we’re always in a state of change, but I think that’s how it should be for a growing, healthy church, right?”
Crossroads is currently exploring building options including a possible renovation of a former Food Lion grocery store in the area. For Betts, who used to work as a construction manager remodeling grocery stores, this type of renovation would feel right at home.
“I’ve been a part of remodeling 20 Food Lions, so I’m used to being out in the dust, dirt and grime of a renovation,” he said. I love to see it come together, and with our church it will be a great experience. We have tons of people in the church that can do a bunch of different stuff. We’ll do it with excellence, but not extravagance.”