In Chimacum, Washington, one couple has converted a local church into a community theater and family home. They live downstairs, and in what had been the main hall, they’ve installed a stage and theater lighting. Completing church modifications to create family homes is not a new idea, although it can be a controversial one. The practice of using new designs inside of traditional church architecture is more common in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
According to Apartment Therapy, plunging attendance and financial concerns have closed the doors of many a chapel or Gothic church, making them attractive home options. There are real estate companies that focus on the conversion niche market.
Apse over teakettle
Dornob devotes a page to the interiors of this dazzling conversion. If you can’t convert people to the church, you can always convert the church for the people.
A great student loft was created in this space. By the way, the churches are “deconsecrated” before sale, so you’re on your own up there.
How’s this for a great conversion in Rotterdam? The windows look out over the canal with passing boats and swans. View extensive interior and exterior photos at Architectuur Fotografie.
The interiors of this conversion in England are breathtaking. I’d love to sit on the sofa and meditate on the conversations that passed through these archways.
Home a-pewsment center
I love the retention of the pews for this Dutch project. It feels like a great place for whispers and secrets.