Have you ever considered living in a home that was once a church? Nowadays, many churches that are no longer used as religious places are converted for residential use. Take a tour of three churches that have been turned into homes.
Chapel on the Hill
Located in a peaceful and picturesque spot, just a short walk from High Force, one of the most impressive waterfalls in England, this former church keeps much of its historic architecture while taking an amazing modern twist in its interior. Open the windows of this 19th-century building to enjoy fine views of the valleys.
House in a Church
By the Rotte river in Rotterdam, Netherlands, stands a church from the 1930s. It had been used as a garage since the 1960s until Ruud Visser Architects, a Dutch architectural firm, designed a house in the church: You can walk around the house while walking inside the church! The white, open-plan house fits with the church’s walls, windows, and arched wooden ceiling.
A Church in Chicago
Local firm Linc Thelen Design and Scrafano Architects of Los Angeles have transformed an abandoned Chicago church into a contemporary home with 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a great room with a 25-foot (7.62-meter) ceiling. The home has all the modern conveniences while preserving the church’s historic details, such as the bell tower, exposed brickwork, ceiling turnbuckles, and stained-glass windows.