These old churches have been converted into luxury homes
Two renovators bought a church in Ontario, Canada, and turned it into a family home
The Sacred Heart Church was built in 1888 and put up for sale in 2018 after sitting abandoned for years. Lynn Perreault and Jonathon Harmer, owners of interior design firm Harper and Co, decided to buy the building.
'This church was begging to be saved.'
Over the next two years, the couple transformed the abandoned church into a comfortable home.
The living area includes a lounge, a large kitchen, and ceilings almost 8 metres high.
The open space preserves most of the building's original architecture, while the kitchen was equipped with granite worktops and a near 4 metre island.
A spiral staircase leads to a second-floor loft
The loft serves as a study, or any other type of room for the eventual buyers
The church is now on the market for $954,798, or about £680,000.
'I've seen [renovations] done in other churches and schools, and sometimes it's not done very well,' realtor Brian Ellis commented. 'Here, it's done immaculately - it's a work of art.'
A Chicago couple bought a 19th century church and transformed it into a private house.
Jim Jacoby and Molly Currey stumbled upon the church for sale on Zillow in 2017 and decided to buy it for $1.1 million, or about £786,000.
'We thought it would be fun to go look at a church. The minute we walked up the stairs, we were like, 'Oh. The church found us just as much as we found it.''
The church's former altar is now the living room of Jim Jacoby and Molly Currey.
Construction of the church began in 1888 and was completed two years later. The Episcopalians built the church with very little ornamentation. Jim Jacoby calls it a 'utilitarian' building, but the Catholics bought it in the 1930s and renovated it. The couple then added their own touches to the space to make it a home.
The benches were removed, and the house now has an open floor.
The couple often use the space to host music events as a way of giving back to their community. 'What does a space like this mean in the 21st century, where religion is not nearly as central to our lives as it once was?' said Jim Jacoby
This church, which was built in Castleton, Vermont in 1893, has been transformed into a modern house.
The house was put up for sale last year for $375,000, about £268,000, by Sue Bishop of Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.
The former altar now serves as the main entrance to the house.
The house retains some of its original architecture, such as the 7-metre high ceilings and the stained glass windows.
The kitchen is large and lets in a lot of light.
There is a second kitchen in the house, with cabinets made of reclaimed wood from the old church pews. In addition, there is a separate dining room next to the kitchen.
A large wooden staircase leads to the second floor.
On the second floor you will find most of the house's five bedrooms and three full bathrooms.
The master suite is split-level and has access to the bell tower.
The bell tower itself has been converted into a cloakroom.
A Maryland couple bought a church and converted it into a family home.
All Saints Church was built 120 years ago and functioned as a place of worship until the 1950s. It was deconsecrated two decades later and then sold to different owners, including one who turned it into a house. Anastasiia and Gunther bought it in 2017 with the intention of renovating it.
The great hall is probably the best room in the house.
The ceiling of the main hall is 7.6 metres high.
One of the couple's biggest challenges was finding furniture large enough to fit into the 232 square metre house.
The couple had to buy new furniture because the old furniture was too small. They had to buy a 3.6 metre long sofa to fill the large hall.
A Gothic church in London has been converted into an urban mansion.
The 557-square-metre mansion is for sale for $8 million, or about £5.7 million.
The great hall has the original arches of the church.
The large hall includes a kitchen, dining room, lounge and grand piano.
A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedrooms.
The staircase also highlights the original stained glass windows of the house.
The modern bedroom is on the second floor of the converted church.
In total, the house has four bedrooms.