Our little Church Sweet Home is just another in a long line of church conversions. Churches across America (and the world) are losing membership and going on the market, so the opportunities to renovate an old church into a new home abound.
As I admit in my memoir about our church renovation project, Pinterest inspired me:
A quick look through the Pinterest website reveals some spectacular transformations, the sort of metamorphosis that inspired me. But you’ll also find some horrors of awkwardly chopped-up spaces, dark rooms, strange window configurations and thoughtless appropriation of church symbols—like an altar reused as a bar. Ugh.
Search “converted churches” or “church conversions” and you’ll find enough transformative pins to distract you for hours.
Google, of course, will serve up a heaping platter of converted churches, too:
- 20 heavenly homes that were once churches | loveproperty.com
- The rise of the multi-million pound church conversion | Tatler
- Church Conversions | 6sqft
Want a church of your own to turn into your home or one already transformed? Check out realtor.com (someone there has a lot of fun with the headlines):
- Truly divine! Your personal sanctuary awaits at this Indiana church
- We pray a buyer finally makes an offer on this former Wisconsin church
- Bow your heads: Awesome church-to-home conversion for sale in Pennsylvania
- Hallelujah! Divine townhouse in converted church in Washington, D.C.
- Strike gold with a converted church and miniature mining town in Eureka, UT
- This colorful $1.6M converted church could start your Airbnb empire
Tyler still frequents these real estate listings. Quite often, he’ll often show me a run-down church in the middle of nowhere and ask, “Wanna do it again?”
I would do it again! For the right place and the right price, yes, I would.
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I tell the story of how we converted a 126-year-old Methodist church into our home in Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul.