A Gothic church converted into a beautiful home

Dreaming of making an old house into a home? Rather than choosing to do up a typical home, instead, Anastasiia and Gunther, a couple from Maryland paid $320,000 for an old church.And they decided they would renovate this building and turn it into a home.

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It wasn’t all that unusual until you find out that it was a 120-year-old church.The board-and-batten siding and Gothic-arched openings of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, built in 1900, reflect the influence of famous architect Richard Upjohn’s rural architecture pattern books.

Anastasiia worked as a teacher and Gunther is a biostatistician. They were driving along the road near their home when they were surprised to see a for sale sign in front of the All Saints church. They were not only surprised; they were motivated.

“I suppose it was just like love at first sight; it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly made our hearts skip a bit, but it did so, in spades,” Anastasiia said according to Simplemost. “It was the grandeur of the space, among many other things, like beautiful woodwork, colorful light streaming through the original stained glass, the gothic arches of the windows and doors – and just the overall feeling that it was meant to be ours.”

For the last two and a half years, they have been working hard to turn it into a truly unique, dream family home.Now that the couple with their 3 kids have moved into their restored home.
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The building is divided into sections. The main sanctuary of the original church on the south side serves as the family’s great room, showcasing decorative roof trusses and framing members, skylights, and vertical-board wainscoting.The room is used for entertaining family and friends, as well as hosting special occasions like weddings.

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On the north side of the building, adjacent to the great room, is the bell tower. This section houses the church bell on its third floor. The couple’s dream is to one day turn the bell tower into a bed-and-breakfast rental so they can share their unique home with more people. The bell tower currently includes a library on the first floor.

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Originally the altar area of the church, which now is a living and dining room, and in the adjacent step-down kitchen, which was originally the sacristy. A bathroom and storage spaces have been inserted in the nave.

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As you can see, the home still holds some of its original architecture, like the 23-foot altar ceilings and stained-glass windows.


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