Church Conversions

The idea of living in a tastefully and thoughtfully converted church is very appealing, but the journey from making the decision to do it, and putting your feet up in the finished home, is a long and complicated one fraught with challenges and difficulties.

Some of the questions to consider include:

St Matthew's, Littleport

There are more considerations, but these are the main questions to ask if you're seriously thinking about taking on a project of this magnitude. It may seem daunting, but it doesn't need to be. When I bought my first church, I didn't use an architect, I didn't hire a project manager, I didn't use a a firm of builders, and I didn't use an interior designer. I may have been a 'fool rushing in where angels fear to tread' (and my family were very skeptical to say the least), but I did it and it turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I've ever done!

Take a look at the progress photos to get some idea of the stages of work during my first church conversion.

*The question "church or chapel?" may seem relatively unimportant, but making the right choice at the outset can make a huge difference should you plan to sell the property at any time during or after the conversion. Although a chapel is widely regarded as a small church, there are some very large chapels (Methodist, for example) and some very small Anglican churches. It seems to be the general rule that minor Protestant groups such as Methodist and Baptist houses of worship are generally called chapels, not churches, whereas Anglican houses of worship are classified as churches. However, the main difference when choosing a house of worship to convert into a residential home comes when reselling: Churches are far more desireable than chapels. It all comes down to the name, even if a Methodist chapel is huge and gorgeous, it will sell for less than an Anglican church of similar style and proportions.

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