Sunday, October 18, 2009

"And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord, forever..."




I'm always at church.  I grew up in church, was there every time the doors were open and many days when it wasn't, because were were always doing something there.  I went right on in adulthood to serve the church and it's people and have lived Psalm 69:9 ~ "Passion for your house consumes me..."  I love it so much I have seriously dreamed of purchasing an old church that is no longer being used as a church and renovating it to live in.  Well, somebody actually did it!  The church pictured above is somebody's residential home now.  Read on for the details and all the amazing photos.  Thanks, Sister Coker, [mentor & friend]  for this amazing find!  Sis. C said she'd love to do the same thing but wonders about the cost of utilities. 

A nondescript exterior and a yard dominated by headstones give no indication of the residential nature of this historic church in Kyloe, Northumberland.   A couple decided to purchase and readapt the structure, investing nearly three times the purchase price into renovations over the course of several years. The exterior remains mostly untouched, save for skylights running the length of the roof. Inside, the owners took a similar approach. Restoration is more prevalent than renovation, with original stained glass windows throughout, and repurposed church fixtures abounding. Much of the original seating in the church was refinished and placed throughout the home and unused wood and building materials were fashioned into a dramatic staircase leading from the main living space to an upper level library. The choice to live in a church is an unorthodox one, but this home’s owners managed to salvage a structure that might have otherwise been doomed to deterioration.















2 comments:

Ruth, PA said...

Oh my goodness, that is absolutely beautiful! Thanks Deanna for sharing this home.
Ruth

Leanne said...

That is too funny...when I was a kid, I tried to convince my parents to buy OUR church building and turn it into our house, just because I thought it'd be cool [my idea was to let the church rent it from us on Sundays and Wednesdays, lol!!]