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Have you ever considered living in a church? I have an ongoing fantasy about doing a barn conversion, or possibly a schoolhouse, or lighthouse (my ultimate home fantasy), but I had not yet considered a church. Think about it: soaring ceilings, arched windows, a loft — all features that sound pretty enticing, right? A few church conversions have caught my eye recently so I thought I'd share them.

This lovely property is near the village of Tweed, Ont., quite close to where my husband and I have our own weekend retreat. Owner Eric Galbraith carefully reinvented and revived this church over the last 10 years and is now offering it for sale. The kitchen is my favourite part — I love the colour and of course the pretty gothic arched windows.

The living area looks relaxed and intimate, which is a nice contrast to the grand architecture.

The garden features this covetable outbuilding that serves as guest quarters. To see more of the details of this unique property, check out Eric Galbraith's site.

My Charlottetown friends Craig and Christopher own this pretty church just outside Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. It's a weekend and holiday house for them but they also rent it. It has classic East Coast clapboard on the outside.

Inside, it looks like a great place for a giant dinner party, don't you think?

These two places got me thinking about how I might convert a church for living. The country simplicity of this space definitely appeals to me. It's Providence Chapel in Wiltshire, UK and was featured on Remodelista a few months ago. I especially like how the kitchen (to the left) is unobtrusive — I would definitely do this.

Providence Chapel dates from 1867. The façade is handsome and a touch austere, which I think makes it even more appealing as a family home.

A modern addition on the back of the chapel adds significant square footage and interesting architectural contrast.

This pretty church in Old Lyme, Connecticut is also right up my style alley.

Inside, the reinvented space feels formal but not too stuffy, thanks to the creamy white walls and the modern chrome and molded plywood chairs.

A tightly arranged seating cluster around the hearth featuring a wingback settee and chairs ensures a cozy feeling in the vast space.

Have you ever considered converting a non-residential building into a home? What would your dream space look like?

Photo credits:
1-4. Eric Galbraith
5-7. Craig Dauphinee and Christopher Gillis
8-10. Remodelista, photography by Dirk Lidner
11-13. New England Home magazine, photgraphy by Michael Partenio

Author: 

Margot Austin

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