Project Guide

Renovation and Restoration Project Overview

"A Step by Step Approach"

For over a century, Conrad Schmitt Studios, Inc. has worked hand-in-hand with owners, architects, interior design firms and consultants to create and restore some of the most ornate interiors and works of art in the U.S.  Although every project is unique and possesses its own set of individual needs, in our experience, many successful projects follow this outline.

Phase I: Needs Assessment

This phase generally begins with the formation of a committee that defines the needs and desires of the community and outlines the parameters of the intended project. Individual items should be prioritized.

Phase II: Information Gathering

Compile as much information on the proposed project as possible. Consult available resources with experience in interior design, decorative painting, construction management, architectural services, etc. After the project goals are outlined, the Studio can offer information on the advantages and disadvantages of various procedures and products, based on the company's extensive experience. If the building is to be restored to an original or previous decorative scheme, an investigative paint analysis should be considered to uncover the previous decoration.

Phase III: Formulate Plan

Once background information is gathered, the project's scope should be fine-tuned. A master plan, which includes budgetary estimates and timetables, is assembled. Once the scope and specifics of a project are set, it can be scheduled. At this time, accommodating the functional needs of the facility can be discussed to best plan around performances, holidays and weddings. If the building is to be restored to an original or previous decorative scheme, an investigative paint analysis should be commissioned. Decorative samples also can be completed during this phase to help convey how dramatic the improvement will be. The decorative sample is a valuable tool for creating momentum for many projects, because it allows everyone to share in the vision of what is possible.

Phase IV: Fundraising

Fundraising is often the most challenging and time-consuming aspect of a project. Conrad Schmitt Studios can assist with a variety of fundraising tools, including sketches of the decoration or artwork, on-site samples, opportunities for recognizing donors, available grants and material for printed fundraising pieces. Printed literature detailing the project is helpful in communicating the approved plan to others. Direct mailings, auctions, etc. can assist in raising funds. Many projects can list a number of items that could be identified with a donor’s name, i.e. the restoration of a stained glass window, the conservation of a mural or statue, etc.

Phase V: Nuts and Bolts

Acquire the necessary approval from the proper authorities. Finalize the negotiations and sign the contracts. Refine the decision-making committee to a few key individuals while the project is taking place.

Phase VI: Execute the Project

This is the most exciting phase of the project in which the plans are put into action. Updates in newsletters, bulletins, or on websites are helpful in communicating the project’s progress to the public..

A Tradition for the Future

For more than a hundred years Conrad Schmitt Studios has been committed to the creation and preservation of the fine arts through thousands of projects; projects which will serve as a reflection of our culture and religion for future generations. We hope you will allow our expertise to help bring your project to fruition.


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