Hallelujah I’ve found another church to stalk! Long time readers will know that Kim and I love a good church conversion. There is something about the challenge of doing justice to what is the often imposing, original architecture and accommodating the needs of modern living. On the outside today’s offering is a sombre red brick edifice from the 1890s. Inside fresh and contemporary open-plan living merges with heavy old church doors and arches. Link here while it lasts.
Thank you Jeannine for sending us the link to this incredible church conversion. Currently available for sale via The Modern House (HA – this could not be further from modern), this fantastic 19th century tin church has absolutely to-die-for windows and was restored by designer Nick Kenny. You can read all the juicy details here, but I just have to say that if you put this on a waterfront property this would be my ideal choice for a cottage.
We are huge church conversion fans here on Desire to Inspire and this once derelict country chapel is one of my favourites. The former Catholic church was deconsecrated in 1993 and quickly fell into disrepair with the roof eventually collapsing and the remaining stone walls looking to quickly follow. Purchased by a local builder, the church has been lovingly restored with a sympathetic extension referencing it’s form and simplicity. There are even remnants of the original hand-painted friezes. Yes I know that the purists among you will say that it’s cheating when the new build is substantially larger than the conversion but I love how the tiny chapel has not been tampered with in an attempt to squeeze more in. Located in Yandoit in country Victoria, it is a short drive from the spa town of Daylesford. And, dear readers, it’s for sale. I wish I had the just under $1 million needed to purchase it and a reason to move to so far away. Link here while it lasts.
If urban contemporary is more your church conversion style than yesterday’s country church with a cottage feel, then this Chicago redesign might just be your thing. Think modern, clean lines juxtaposed with stain glass and soaring ceilings. Chicago church conversion into family home by Linc Thelen Design and Scrafano Architects.
Photography by Jim Tschetter
It’s no secret that Kim and I are very partial to a church conversion and this Methodist Chapel conversion is so sweet and very clever. One of my biggest complaints of this sort of re-design is that the beautiful, tall windows are often unceremoniously chopped in half by the second floor. In this case the upper rooms are tucked in under the roof. The Chapel on the Hill, in Forest-in-Teesdale, England by Evolution Design is available as a holiday home for up to 7 guests. I can feel a virtual road trip on the cards? Meet you in church?
(And in case you hadn’t realised it was a winner in the UK Property Awards 2015-2016.)