Extreme Homes-Church Becomes a Beautiful Home

Welcome to the 78th Metamorphosis Monday!

Metamorphosis Monday:

Recently, I received an email showing an interesting metamorphosis and the following wording/pics:

“A couple purchased an old church in Kyloe, Northumberland. They invested a lot of money on the interior but the exterior remained almost completely intact. They did more of a restoration rather than a renovation, which would have cost them 3 times less.

Had they not purchased the old church who knows what would have happened to it as it was in very bad shape. The couple however adapted very well to the interior while leaving the outside with the minimum appearance of a house.”

I just realized…this bedroom is actually visible from the dining room above. Looks like you can pull the drapes for privacy.

No sleeping late in this bedroom!

Does that show, Extreme Homes, still air on HGTV? If so, I wonder if this home has been featured on there? I think they did a lovely job of preserving this wonderful church. Personally, I love cozy, smaller rooms, but if you like big, open spaces, this would certainly work. What do you think? Could you live in a church?


I’m so looking forward to seeing your, Before and Afters!

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  1. The exterior is so beautiful. Imagine the sunlight coming through those windows 🙂

    Happy MM to you Susan and thanks for hosting.

    Jane T.

  2. I remember this church/home, Susan. Glenda sent it the mink to me. It's magnificent! The only thing I do not like about it is the cemetery outside….Christine

  3. Heather@PixieDust says

    omg, that is incredible!!

  4. Hi Susan~~~this old church/home is amazing! Who would have thought to make it into a home?!
    I'm not sure about my yard being filled with headstones, and what's underneath…but…whatever works.

  5. tales from an oc cottage says

    Is that a baptismal font table I see? You don't see many of those! ;} This is very cool…dreary & green is my idea of dreamy! Even an old grave yard! WOW!

    m ^..^

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! Love the interior! And the architecture is great! Not too sure about the surrounding graveyard! Maybe a little too gothic for me! lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  7. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    What a gorgeous church and I love the way they transformed it into a home while keeping most of it in tact. Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

  8. Kelee Katillac says

    love that church/home!


    Thank-you Susan for hosting!

    love, kelee

  9. Hi Susan! You know, I have seen this house somewhere, maybe in Blogland, I don't remember. But it is amazing. Those chairs around the dining table look like they've come from a church – they have little spots to put the hymnals in. Now one thing I remember about seeing this house before – I'd have a hard time being nekked in that bathroom with Jesus looking at me all the time! 🙂
    Thanks for being such a wonderful hostess for Met Monday.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  10. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says

    Thanks for hosting – Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  11. Housewife Bliss says

    Living in London I had a few friends who left the big smoke and went to live in country schools/barns/churches, there is a great show called Grand Designs in the UK that features some fabulous renovations, just as you have. I enjoyed this post despite being a bit homesick afterwards. Have a great week.

  12. Linda Merrill says

    The old church renovation is amazing, but I would prefer some of the stained windows to be repurposed elsewhere, like another church. It might start to feel overwhelming! On the other hand, do you get a pass if you stay home lounging on a Sunday morning? Hmm…

  13. Hi Susan! So glad to finally have a project finish that I can share! LOL!

    I've seen these pics of this gorgeous church renovation before…stunning! I could live there!

  14. Kelly @ Lucy's Daughter says

    Wow, that church/home is amazing! Can you imagine having people traipsing all over your property to visit the graveyard thought?

  15. It takes some real decorating restraint to pull this one off. Great job. I'll bet the stone walls keep it nice and cool.

  16. It takes some real decorating restraint to pull this one off. Great job. I'll bet the stone walls keep it nice and cool.

  17. Ditto to Sheila's comment about the bathtub and the Stained-glass Jesus! Yikes!

    Over all I think the family did a good job making it all work, EXCEPT the bedroom-big curtain-dining room combo! All I can think of is the Wizard of Oz curtain scene "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" They can tell their guests "Pay no attention to the bed behind the curtain??" HA!

    Thanks for featuring this fun home!

  18. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says

    Wow, what an amazing transformation…it's gorgeous! I would love to live in that place.

    Thanks for hosting Met Monday.

  19. The Decorating Diaries says

    Not cozy enough for me, but I'm glad they saved the church.


  20. Wow. That is truly amazing. How gorgeous are those stained glass windows with their furnishings? i could live in a church, I think the only thing that might bother me (and who know, it might not) is having a graveyard in my backyard!

  21. Glenda/MidSouth says

    I have seen pictures of this amazing home before, but don't remember where. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Have a great week.

  22. OMGoodness…this is so amazing. It is just breathtaking but, for myself, I still like the cozy, smaller rooms, too. They certainly did an outstanding job…
    Are those graves I see? Yep…now I MIGHT have a problem with THAT. 🙂

  23. southerninspiration says

    Not sure I could live in it, but it is pretty amazing. And lovely. And eerie all at the same time. I don't think I'd want to be next to graves in the nighttime……


  24. Ridgely (a/k/a Grandma J) says

    Remarkable and gorgeous. But my first project would have been a really, really tall hedge between me and the cemetary!

  25. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says

    It is a beautiful building with great architectural elements. I would not like the graves right outside my door either. I would prefer more defined spaces and more privacy for the way we live. It is a gorgeous and unique home though.

  26. The Quintessential Magpie says

    I absolutely love this! It is wonderful. I would live there in a minute or in an old school or factory building. I love places that have been re-purposed for living spaces. Susan, I've seen this before, but I can't remember if it was in a magazine or on TV. Maybe both.

    The house across the street from us on the back side is an old stable. It's a long narrow building. And there was a bakery that was part of the house next door in the 1800's.


    Sheila 🙂

  27. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    What an amazing home! I wonder if it's hard to heat in the winter?

  28. This is gorgeous! I especially love the bathroom. I am glad it was saved, but I am not sure I could live in it. I have been to a couple of restaurants that had previously been churches, and it just didn't seem right to me. I'm not being critical–just for me. Thanks for sharing it.

  29. Fifi Flowers says

    That is FABULOUS!!! Would love to live in a church… oooh the joy of transforming it!

  30. I always thought it would be cool to live in an old church turned private home. After seeing this big church transformation, I think I would enjoy a smaller country church better.
    It's wonderful with all of the gorgeous stained glass windows in every room though!

  31. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Isn't this makeover amazing? I love that they kept so many features of the church and yet made it a liveable home. Beautiful! Thank you for hosting. laurie

  32. Apparently I am the only one … but no. The outside of the building is beautiful and I'm glad they saved it, BUT there are a lot of things I do at home that I do not want Jesus and Mary watching me do. I find it just a little too creepy.

  33. The owners did a wonderful job on this home… I could never live there because I get to freaked out by little things…. like the yard

  34. I have pictures saved that I cut out of a magazine about 20 years ago, dreaming of a home like this. Since then, I've had a couple of customers who've bought old churches and renovated them into their homes.
    I think the exterior on this place is outstanding and for me, I could and would love to find an old church and convert it into my home. I do like small spaces to though and I think they are easier to decorate. That would be the big challenge for me. We lived in Colorado and the home we had was really large. I found the really large rooms were harder to decorate.

    This was fun to see! Thanks for sharing Susan, and as always, thank you for hosting.


  35. Tracy F. says

    Very unusual!

  36. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Hi, Susan. Nope, could NOT live in a church this size! Maybe a small "chapel" – but not a church this huge! It wouldn't feel right to me…

  37. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    I know I couldn't live in a church but I am happy to see that the building has been cared for so well. Linda

  38. ★All Thingz Related★ says

    I could TOTALLY live in that church! Really enjoyed looking at the pictures! Thanks for hosting again this week! ~Bridgette

  39. ~CC Catherine says

    A GA "Hello" today Susan, my long lost friend~ I was so "hoping" I could make it to Sue A's blogging get together in June…but complications with work and our third grandbaby due that weekend made it inescapably imposs! 🙁 Was so hoping to catch up with you there. Don't fall over, but I linked up with you on this Meta Monday! I spent the entire weekend at home alone creating and packaging gifts for my two Canadian blogging buds…so I got the blog spirit back! 🙂 The article on this church is fabulous…I love it when people rescue places like this! Hope your summer is going well, can't wait to catch up on some past articles I've missed with your former posts. Be blessed friend! We have to get together before the summer is done~ Maybe an antiquing trip to the largest Antique Mall in GA ~ It's about two hours north of you…I think it's called Gateway Antiques…it's totally the BEST place I've ever been as far as "huge" and lots of variety and all types of prices! Ciao for now~ ~CC Catherine

  40. Amy @MaisonDecor says

    Not sure I could sleep on an altar! lol
    thanks for hosting the party Susan!

  41. I ahve seen this before but don't know where!!?? It is gorgeous, they did a great job! Not sure I like the blue sofas though:):) My son works in a restaurant in New Hope, Pa. that is an old church and it, too, is BEAUTIFUL.!!!!! Love this idea! Instead of buliding a new house, amybe we should look for an old church!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  42. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    We had a church converted to a home near here. The owners used to have different music groups come in once a month. They moved their furniture to the side and set up chairs and the musicians played for locals. You had to have a reservation to come in and I think they charged like $5 or something. It was great!

  43. Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue says

    WOW! Are their really any words to describe who wonderfully beautiful this place is? Just amazing!

  44. To me it is kind of sad to think that a Church even had to be salvaged in the first place however 'looking at the glass as half full'; at least it is being recycled and the new caretakers are giving it their TLC.
    (Whoo, sorry about that long sentence Susan.)

  45. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Brenda! I know what you mean…even churches apparently, can be left abandoned to fall into ruins. I am glad someone saved this one! So great hearing from you! 🙂

  46. Thanks Susan. With such a pleasant, charming and talented Hostess it is always a pleasure to visit. 🙂
    Many Hugs -Brenda-

  47. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Uh, no thanks! They did a beautiful job on the inside, but I couldn't live like that. We had friends who had a home in our last town. It was outside of town, with a cemetery in the yard…ick. Everyone was afraid to drink the water at their house.

    This was certainly interesting!

  48. One Shabby Old House says

    What an amazing home. I can only imagine that this is a peaceful place to live. I love the stained glass windows. What a dream.

  49. Tara@JustDevineStyle says

    Thanks you so much for hosting the party.

    Wow the inside of the church is so neat. They did a wonderful job. Not too sure how I would feel about having a graveyard out front of my home though.

  50. This is amazing Susan!
    Are you finding a way to keep cool?

  51. Oh wow that place is amazing! I have never seen anything like that before….old school houses but never a church. How lucky they are to live in such a place!
    Can I post one of your pictures and a link to your blog on my blog?

  52. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Diane, Sure…you are welcome to post any of them that you like. Thanks!

  53. Wow, what an unusual and beautiful renovation!

  54. Nancy's Notes says

    Oh my, what a beautiful church, all of your photographs are awesome Susan! I have always wanted to publish a book of just churches!

    Have a great day!


  55. Happy Cottage Quilter says

    Thank you for being such a gracious host. I love to visit these blogs and see what everyone has created!


  56. Stunningly beautiful, I would love to live there, but how do they keep it warm in winter?

  57. Delishhh says

    WOW – this looks amazing! Amazing place, i would love to live in this place. i love the large rooms, ceiling and glass.

  58. this church/house is beautiful. love to see places like this still kept alive.

  59. Anonymous says

    I actually find it sad that so many churches are being sold off here in the UK, just like this one up in Northumberland.

  60. Anonymous says

    I think it's beautiful. I would live there graves and all.

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