Church to Home Design Conversion

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Church to home conversion
A church to home design conversion (Houzz)

Restoring old buildings is a noble endeavor.  Historical or just abandoned and run down, turning a once derelict structure into a home is an act of love.  We are used to seeing the restoration and conversion of warehouses, lofts, barns and even schoolhouses, but a very unique conversion is the church to home.

Open space in a converted church
Open space in a converted church (alk)
Church to home conversion
Church to home conversion (homedsgn)
Church to home conversion
Church to home conversion (news.buzzbuzzhome)
Stunning church to home conversion
Stunning church to home conversion (Pinterest)

Churches are generally of very superior construction and the architectural details are stunning.  The interiors have high ceilings, large stained glass windows and expansive open spaces.  When converting churches into homes, maintaining the original character is often the most important factor.

Maintaining the original character in a church to home conversion
The original character shows through this church to home conversion (Pinterest)
Tall arches accent this church to home conversion
Tall arches accent this church to home conversion (homedit)
A beautiful stained glass window highlights the bathroom in this church to home conversion
A beautiful stained glass window highlights the bathroom in this church to home conversion (Pinterest)

With today’s majority of home seekers and dwellers appreciating the advantages of an open concept, the church to home conversion is a natural extension of that coveted design.  It would be difficult to keep the integrity of the original structure while constructing many separate rooms.  Therefore, the open concept fits this conversion well.

Open concept dominates in this London church to home conversion
Open concept dominates in this London church to home conversion (popsugar)
High windows and open spaces in this church to home conversion
High windows and open spaces in this church to home conversion (Pinterest)
Open concept is central to the church to home conversion
Open concept is central to the church to home conversion (alkemie.BlogSpot)

Architectural embellishments are a key design element in churches and this translates into a grand home with dramatic arches, decorative moldings and beautiful windows accented with stained glass.  High ceilings are often enhanced with intricately detailed wood beams or arches.

Beautiful wood beams and arches accent this church to home conversion
Beautiful wood beams and arches accent this church to home conversion (eclectic-jean.blogspot)
Wood beams accent this church to home conversion
Wood beams accent this church to home conversion (Pinterest)
Church to home conversion
Church to home conversion (Pinterest)

Some more elaborate churches have lofts that are nicely converted into a library, office or additional storage space.  If extra bedroom space is needed, closing up the loft area and making a private retreat is a possibility.

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Loft area in converted church
Loft area in converted church (theownerbuildernetwork)
Stunning window highlights this loft area in a converted church
Stunning window highlights this loft area in a converted church (domienova)
A loft area serves as a library in this converted church
A loft area serves as a library in this converted church (Pinterest)

The church conversion lends itself well to either traditional or contemporary design, depending on the type of space you want.  Older churches often have rough-hewn wood, stone and brick interiors that can be covered over or enhanced.

A contemporary church to home conversion
A contemporary church to home conversion in Brisbane by Willis Greenhalgh Architects (homedsgn)
Contemporary church to home conversion
Contemporary church to home conversion (artemisandapolla.ca)
Church to home design conversion
A church to home design conversion (Pinterest)

A church to home design conversion is a unique undertaking and can result in a truly spectacular space.  At a time when people are increasingly more aware of the benefits of recycling and upcycling, turning an abandoned space into a home is a timely and beneficial endeavor; the more creative the better.

 

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