We turned a church into a home

Meet one couple who had the vision to transform a Grade II listed church into a beautiful home

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A truly spectacular place to live

diy,home inspiration,House Beautiful,reader homes Converted church

Converting a church into a modern home was a long process for Sally Onions and her partner Ian Bottomley. Click through and see the amazing results...


Type of house: Converted five-bedroom Grade II-listed Georgian church


Location: Kyloe, Northumberland


Purchase price: £92,000


Money spent: £300,000


What it\'s worth now: Around £650,000


Courtesy of House Beautiful magazine

Making an entrance

diy,hallway solutions,home inspiration,House Beautiful,reader homes Reader\'s hallway in a converted church

The plain entrance hall reveals only a glimpse of the incredible space that lies beyond. Ian and Sally laid the new slate floor to mirror the original flagstones and hung pendant lights throughout.

A striking space

diy,home inspiration,inspiring living rooms,House Beautiful,reader homes Living room in a converted church

The living space at the heart of the nave, with its glorious arched windows is surprisingly warm and comfortable, thanks largely to the rich wooden floors and matching wooden furniture. Ian built the impressive double staircase himself.

Arching upwards

diy,home inspiration,inspiring living rooms,House Beautiful,reader homes Original archway in a church conversion

The magnificent archway that leads through to the apse is among the most impressive of the church\'s original features. The script-edged walls are another unique feature.

Stunning stained glass

diy,home inspiration,stylish bedrooms,House Beautiful,reader homes Stained glass windows in the master bedroom

Although having the master bedroom at the end of the dining area seems unusual, Sally couldn\'t resist the idea of waking up each morning to the light shining through the stained-glass windows above the bed. This is where the original altar would have been.

Calming lights

diy,home inspiration,home lighting,House Beautiful,reader homes Lights in the high beams of a converted church

Strings of tiny lights clustered around the roof\'s supporting beams provide a magical glow near the sleeping area.

Fine dining

eco friendly,diy,home inspiration,House Beautiful,reader homes A long dining table with reclaimed church chairs

The long dining table helps to create a dramatic space for entertaining. Reclaimed church chairs provide ample seating.

Kitchen charm

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The north transept was the ideal place to fit an enormous kitchen, which is cleverly separated from the main living area without breaking up the open-plan feel.

The elegant font

diy,home inspiration,House Beautiful,reader homes The original church font by a staircase The original stone font sits neatly below a second set of stairs.

Bathroom bliss

brilliant bathrooms,diy,home inspiration,House Beautiful,reader homes Bathroom with a stained glass window

Even the luxurious roll-top bath pales below the stunning ceiling-height stained-glass window in the bathroom.

Room with a view

decorating tips,diy,home inspiration,House Beautiful,reader homes White-washed walls and a roof window The arched window on the second of the upstairs bedrooms frames a spectacular view.

Naturally lit bedroom

diy,home inspiration,stylish bedrooms,House Beautiful,reader homes Roof windows in a bedroom

Windows line the length of the church\'s roof, allowing natural light to fill the rooms.

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