Church conversion projects can make for the most exciting of challenges, with stained glass windows, stonework, double-height spaces and even the old pews all making for great characterful features. While they are likely to come with a set of design restrictions from the planners, that’s not to say you can’t achieve an unusual and beautiful home, as these church conversions below go to show.
1. A Converted Tin Chapel
Julia and Malcolm Edge, and their children Amy and Joe, have converted Chester’s last surviving Victorian tin chapel, transforming it into a characterful holiday let. While the couple were not looking for a project when they originally spotted the chapel, the venture brought the whole family together and the final result, complete with reclaimed timber cladding to the walls, a high gloss kitchen and two bedrooms, is spectacular.
See how the Edge family brought this tin chapel back to life.
2. A DIY Church Conversion
Ollie and Jessica Allen have carried out a church conversion to a former Methodist church, on a DIY basis, in the Peak District National Park. They have turned it into a stunning family home brimming with original features, including the stained glass windows and front door.
Read how Ollie and Jessica managed to carry out their conversion on a DIY basis
3. An Eclectic Chapel in the Pennines
This once derelict 19th-century chapel has been subject to a stunning conversion thanks to architect Stefan Camenzind and his brother-in-law Rob Broomby. Over 10 years they meticulously restored the fabric of the existing building to transform the chapel into an inviting holiday home.
Find out more about their chapel conversion
4. A Converted Victorian Church
Bought for a low price, Craig Smith’s restored and converted church in South Lanarkshire is a shining example of how ecclesiastical architecture can be the perfect starting point for an imaginative homeowner. From reusing the pews as doors frames, skirtings and even the dining table, to leaving the organ’s pipes as decoration, this is one conversion project which pays homage to the building’s former use.
Read about Craig’s converted Victorian church.
5. Converting a Stone Church
Jimmy and Mollie Armstrong took great pains to faithfully convert a redundant 19th-century listed stone church, breathing new life into its interior and injecting contemporary flair with a groundbreaking timber extension, accessed from the existing building via a low corridor. From its unique bedroom wing to the Japanese-inspired influences, this is one church conversion that goes above and beyond traditional design.
Take a look at how Jimmy and Mollie transformed this stone church into their home.
6. A Converted Tin Chapel
Nick Kenny took the salvage route to converting his run-down Victorian chapel, constructed of prefabricated corrugated-iron sheets, into a unique home using reclaimed materials. Nick’s approach to refurbishing the space using entirely recycled items is not only creative and budget conscious, but as a happy by-product is also eco-friendly and impossible to imitate.
Read about Nick’s tin chapel full of salvaged finds.
7. A Converted Georgian Church
Featuring a prominent west tower with battlements and stained glass windows, Sally Onions and Ian Bottomley have painstakingly restored a Grade II listed Georgian church in Northumberland. From the outside, the onlooker wouldn’t know the inside housed a characterful three bedroom home complete with both open plan entertaining spaces as well as cosier snugs to retreat to. Although some graves remain in the churchyard, the couple were allowed to remove several headstones to give them a lawned area.
See the results of Sally and Ian’s church conversion project.