The Unusual Suspects

In real estate, it is not unusual for prospective home buyers to buy a fixer upper, but why settle for a fixer upper if you could turn a church or even a barn into your new home?

Undertaking this type of conversion is a bit more daunting than a normal home renovation, but as you will see in these stunning examples the effort will definitely pay off in the end.

From Factory to Chic Home

Hotelier Andrea Falkner-Campi wanted a unique home that captured the historic past of his little Italian hometown with chic, contemporary style. This was accomplished by transforming a 200-year-old factory in Spello, east central Umbria, Italy into a trendy home that has an inimitable style of its own. 

The interiors are largely clad in white with a wide range of patterns and textures being used. Paola Navone turned towards refined industrial style and exclusive decor to get the task done. Finding that perfect balance between the past and the present, this renovation indeed leaves you speechless!

Resourceful House G

Adaptive reuse is an architectural and design concept that is quickly gaining ground globally, and many of the rustic, old barns are being converted into wonderful modern homes. Located in the quiet little Dutch town of Geldermalsen, House G fits this billing perfectly. 

Renovated into a bright, cheerful modern residence by Maxwan Architects + Urbanists, the lower level of the home makes an intelligent use of space. With a dining table, kitchen island and other decor additions on casters, the interior has a dynamic appeal. Large windows and skylights add to this ambiance by ushering in ample natural light.

Divine Intervention

Australia is quickly turning into a hotbed for some of the most amazing renovations projects on the planet. But most of these are Victorian or Edwardian homes that need a modern facelift. Not this one, though, as Bagnato Architects turned an 1892 Anglican church into a stunning contemporary home. In fact, if you take away the façade and the sweeping arches, you would never imagine that this was once a church. Yet it is these features that give the home its unmistakable charm. 

Wood, marble and limestone are used extensively indoors, as a warm color scheme balances the airy appeal of sweeping, tall spaces. Brilliant lighting, a refreshing pool and an on outdoor lounge cap off this amazing transformation.

Creative Cat Hill Barn

Creating a perfect blend of unadulterated old world charm and posh, contemporary style is the Cat Hill Barn in Yorkshire. This 16th-Century English barn has an exterior that is left untouched, while the sweeping spaces indoors are fragmented into smaller, specific areas with the use of stone walls, a fireplace and lighting.

A state-of-the-art kitchen in black seems to blend effortlessly with the more rustic ambiance of the home, and the private quarters are housed on the top level.

Pulling A Home Out Of A Hat (Factory)

This beautiful apartment spread across 925 square feet is located on the ground floor of a building that was once the famous Straw Hat Factory in Stockholm. Originally built in 1887, the structure has now been turned into a housing complex with 39 new apartments spread across various levels by Oscar Properties. 

This particular home has a private patio of its own that is filled with plenty of greenery, while the interior sports cool retro charm combined with unassuming Scandinavian style. Pops of red, navy blue and green are added to infuse some cheerful elegance in every room.

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