Building renovations are about taking an old structure and making it new again, either by returning it to its original glory or by instilling new life in aging architecture. This jaw-dropping renovation project is a little of both, as an expansive London church was converted into a glorious home with a wide open floor plan on the ground level. The enormous single family home is a combination of the best of both worlds - a celebration of the church’s history and architectural elements intermingled with the trappings of a modern luxury residence.
One might assume that a building this size, converted into a residence, would have a gazillion sprawling bedrooms but that’s not the case here. In this renovated church home, there are just four bedrooms – one on the main floor and three upstairs, all with en suite bathrooms. The 6,167-square-foot residence now also includes a private patio with a waterfall and a gym.
From the street, the building still looks unassuming and, well, church-like. The original red brick is in good condition and wasn’t dramatically altered during the reno. Although the interior can no longer be mistaken for a house of worship, some of the architectural elements of the church were kept intact, which is a cool thing to do when you turn a church into a home. The pillars of the full-height sanctuary remain in the space that is now the main living area, with plentiful lounge space, a piano, an open kitchen and an enormous dine-in island.
The open floor plan of the common areas emphasizes the building’s intended purpose, with its original floor-to-ceiling arched windows surrounding the very modern furnishings. Elsewhere, the church’s original colorful stained glass windows now overlook a spiral stairway leading to the mezzanine.
Located in the Kenmont Gardens neighborhood of London’s prestiguous Kensington area, the home is situated near a variety of amenities, including restaurants, shops, and bars. And it’s currently for sale for £10 million, which is just over $15.5 million USD. The listing is held by Foxtons and features dozens of additional photos of the building’s interior.
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