Most cities, large and small, have at least one funeral home within their borders. Stately and subdued, these buildings serve as a place to remember lives lost, a process facilitated by gentle, caring staff and intuitive architectural design decisions.

When stepping inside a funeral home, not many people stop to consider the building’s structure and design. However, if you’re in the funeral industry and looking for a new, custom building, it’s important to consider what might work in a design – and what might not.

Miller Architects and Builders is here to help you through that process. As a provider of architectural design services and construction project management, we’ve seen countless funeral homes from initial design to completion. Though you’ll get the most out of a one-on-one consultation with us, we’ve highlighted a few design characteristics of successful funeral homes below.

Designing with the Occupant in Mind

Like any industry, funeral home design trends come and go. What’s considered attractive in a funeral home now might look outdated in 20 years. That said, there’s one thing that can almost guarantee a degree of longstanding relevance: Designing and building with the occupant in mind.

Considering how occupants might use a space is crucial for a building’s long-term success. What might this line of thinking look like when it comes to funeral homes? Of course, it manifests differently depending on your individual needs, but here are some guidelines and questions to think about below.

●        Floor plans. You most likely want a floor plan that will put your attendants at ease and encourage healthy mourning. Having a conversation with your construction project management company about what this might look like can be beneficial to your building’s long-term relevance.

●        Windows. How much light do you want to be able to let into a room, given what will occur in it? Blinds are an option, but considering light in terms of how much – not how little – can provide a better framework for a good funeral home design.

●        Accessibility. What rooms do you want your attendees to have easy access to? Consider bringing these up in your communications with your commercial contractor.

Miller Architects & Builders is Ready to Help You Succeed

At Miller Architects & Builders, we approach each and every construction project in a collaborative, innovative, and forward-thinking mindset. We work closely with our subcontracting partners, design partners, and clients to ensure projects are completed on-time and within budget. Our clients trust us and hire us to solve problems and execute – we don’t take that lightly. We’re a St. Cloud-based company of architects and commercial contractors, and we’re ready to help you design the perfect funeral home for your company’s needs. Give us a call now at 320-251-4109.