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Crazy Renovation of the Day: A Victorian Church (Filled with Stained Glass!) Remade as a Tiny Apartment


A former church is converted into a minimal yet dramatic home in London.

Built into the apse of a Victorian church, this West London flat blends the old with the new. The church was first converted into apartments in the 1980s, but that renovation didn't take advantage of the original church details. For architect Sam Tisdall, the semicircular apse presented an opportunity to highlight elements of the church, such as its stain glass windows and brickwork, while also creating something wholly new. The challenge was finding a practical and aesthetic balance between the alterations and the existing building. “It’s a really small project but it’s really quite quirky and interesting,” Tisdall says.

The bedroom is located on a mezzanine just below the roof of the church.
"There are obviously no flat walls to put pictures or furniture against.
The stairwell, like the dressers and balustrades, is made from radiata knotless pine supplied by SMI Panels and...
During the original conversion of the apse, concrete blocks were set against the stain glass windows.
The mezzanine has the most access to natural light, so Tisdall opened up the floor to draw light down to the kitchen...
The reveals of the two kitchen windows lost much of their original brick during the '80s conversion.
The flat is approximately 195-square-feet, forcing a level of economy in the design.