Churches converted into stylish homes

We have seen people converting airplanes, trucks, buses, barns and shipping containers into beautiful homes, but living inside a place that once happened to be the “House of God” is something out of this world. We are talking about churches that have been now converted into trendy homes. I would never be able to sleep inside such a home, but there are people who have dared to make the old churches their modern homes. Hit the jump to see them all…

• Countryside Church Converted Into Home (Kyloe, Northumberland)

This countryside home in Kyloe makes it special because it is turned out from a church. The house comes equipped with all the basic amenities, and an entryway and halls for welcoming visitors as well as remote and secluded spaces that convert well to bedrooms. It is a well-designed house with the combination of cozy and traditional fixtures and furniture seeming right at home in what was once considered a holy space. While they have adapted the interior to provide comfortable living space, the outside has remained intact. High ceilings, dramatic rooms, period details and stained glass are just some of the benefits of living in a recently restored church.

Golden Gate Lutheran Church into home (San Francisco)

Earlier know as Golden Gate Lutheran Church, the church now shelters one of the most extraordinary and largest single-family homes in San Francisco. The Gothic Revival style church comprises a 3+ bedroom home with well-designed interiors. The house also features an enormous living area that includes the original sanctuary with soaring, coffered and hand-painted ceilings, arched windows framing Dolores Park as well as most of the original stained glass windows, custom mahogany wood finishes, four fireplaces, a new chef’s kitchen and a spacious dining room. The master suite level features a marble Roman tub room, dressing room and incredible 360 degree views from the tower meditation room and deck. The ground floor level that could be used as exhibition space, recording studio, gym and/or home office. Besides this, a garage accommodates 4 to 6 cars.

Celina resident turns old church into his home

Celina converts the 86-year-old Presbyterian Church, into home. After renovating the house, the residents are now satisfied with the architecture. The brick walls and concrete foundation are in great shape with plenty of wide-open space. The two-story building has 15-foot ceilings. Upstairs, where Billick lives, there’s a huge central living, dining and kitchen area, plus three bedrooms and 2½ baths. The brick building doesn’t particularly look like a church from the exterior; the double entrance with the large columns and staircases feels more like an office building. Billick renovated the plumbing and electrical systems, as well as the stained-glass windows, which were single-pane and deteriorating.

• Old chapel into house (Utrecht)

The architect firma ZECC has converted the Old chapel rather than being demolished into spacious living house. The chapel was part of a large housing complex of the Friars. Many features have been left untouched like the high gothic stained glass windows and the original choir organ.

To allow more light to enter the space, they cut a Mondrian-inspired glass window into the front of the house facing the street — perhaps paying homage to Rietveld’s nearby infamous Schroder House. The entire living area has been whitewashed, whilst the private spaces above were painted dark.

• Church converted into Tuscan home (Siena)

The home was once a church dating back to 1200 that is disposed on two levels accessed both from the main road and from the garden. You can enter the home from a main open plan living room with dining room and TV room, everything with vaulted ceilings. The first floor can be reached both through an internal staircase and an external one and is divided into: living room with two windows and panoramic terrace, hallway, bathroom with bath, double bedroom with access to the bathroom, other double bedroom with view on the ground floor, and wardrobe. In addition, it also has the heating system under-floor thermo-circulation, and there is both mains water and a cistern collecting rainwater, mainly used to irrigate the outside space.

Church turned into Vacation home(Italy)

A Westport, Conn., couple transformed an idiosyncratic ruin of a Church into a highly personalized, luxurious vacation home with all the essential and luxurious commodities. The building is designed with the white stones and looks amazingly beautiful. The living room occupies center stage with a royal red sofa and armchairs facing a stone fireplace. There are two other bedrooms, three bathrooms and a roof terrace. The kitchen takes up a sunken orchestra section, a den fills the first balcony and the master bedroom peers out from the second balcony. The church bell sits next to the barbecue grill on the roof terrace.

• Church Converted Into 4 Beds Home (Canada)

Located in Canada, Ontario, the Church sitting in an area of two acres is beautifully designed into bedroom home. The house features4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with spa bath complete with fireplace, 600 sq ft new kitchen, 20 foot ceilings and huge loft for master or games room complete with ensuite and walk-in closet. Main floor laundry, 6 brand new appliances and laminate flooring are some of the additional feature of these houses.

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Chapel converted into home (London)

This home, 95 miles from London is converted from Chapel into well living area. The house features art-deco interior decoration and furnishings, and many original features including stained glass; the garden includes an art-deco inspired summer house. With well designed interiors and exteriors, the house looks pleasing to reside.

• St. John’s United Methodist Church turned into home

St. John’s United Methodist Church in Old East Dallas is converted into family vacation home by Fragoso which is listed for sale for $2.4 million. He has since closed the office here, and the family plans to return to their home in Newport Beach. The home comes with two separate living areas, more than 14,000 square feet, 11 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, six private parking spaces and a side alley. It has an unfinished theater in the balcony and an 1,800-square-foot studio with views of the downtown skyline.

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