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Couple Transforms Abandoned St. Nicholas Church Into Their Dream Home

Most people might appreciate abandoned churches from a distance. Some might even tour them. But when a U.K. couple stumbled upon the 18th-century St. Nicholas Church, they wanted more. So they converted the abandoned site into a livable space and the end result is AMAZING. Take a look for yourself.

  • St. Nicholas Church had sat abandoned in the English civil parish of Kyloe since the 1980s.

    St. Nicholas Church had sat abandoned in the English civil parish of Kyloe since the 1980s.

    The church was built in 1792, and it showed. With a shabby exterior and interior, and with a cemetery for a backyard, the church wasn't an obvious candidate for renovation and habitation. But one couple saw something in the old church that no one else did.

  • In the early 2000s, they bought the church and began renovating it.

    In the early 2000s, they bought the church and began renovating it.

    They left the exterior of the church intact, except for parts of the roof where the couple installed skylights.

  • The church's interior allows for a spacious and comfortable open floor plan.

    The church's interior allows for a spacious and comfortable open floor plan.

    The church comprises five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms and two kitchens. 

  • The interior was left almost entirely unchanged.

    The interior was left almost entirely unchanged.

    One of the most striking features of the church is its many stained glass windows, which the couple left intact.

  • The couple built a modern kitchen using reclaimed wood from the church's pews and roof timber.

    The couple built a modern kitchen using reclaimed wood from the church's pews and roof timber.

    Other amenities include underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove. (They had to keep something old-timey about the place!)

  • Handmade floor tiles can be seen here in the church's carefully constructed hallway.

    Handmade floor tiles can be seen here in the church's carefully constructed hallway.

    Throughout the house you can see the skilled craftsmanship with which church was constructed.

  • Seen here is the pitch pine staircase that ascends to the third-floor bedroom.

    Seen here is the pitch pine staircase that ascends to the third-floor bedroom.

    From there, you'd be able to see the surrounding forests and yards (read: cemetery) surrounding the church.

  • The guest bedroom is large enough for a king-sized bed.

    The guest bedroom is large enough for a king-sized bed.

    Although, that skylight looks like it'd wake you up quickly come dawn...

  • Here's one of the best examples of the interior's beautiful stained glass windows.

    Here's one of the best examples of the interior's beautiful stained glass windows.

    We're going to go ahead and assume the owners are Christian.

  • The chancel dining area looks particularly from the 18th century.

    The chancel dining area looks particularly from the 18th century.

    The spacious room looks like the backdrop of a "Game of Thrones" scene.

  • St. Nicholas Church is a great lesson for all the prospective homebuyers out there...

    St. Nicholas Church is a great lesson for all the prospective homebuyers out there...

    And that is: Don't just look at for-sale homes on the market — you might end up finding your dream home in an, old abandoned church attached to a cemetery. It's unlikely. But totally possible.

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