10 Weird and Wonderful UK Home ConversionsNo Comments
Every few months, the inner pages of newspapers will be plastered with the latest outrageous home conversion. We love this type of news, the ingenuity of some conversions is admirable. So, as a bit of fun, we thought we’d bring you our favourite 10 weird and wonderful UK home conversions. Be prepared, this could just give you a little renovation inspiration.
10. Water Pumping Station Conversion – Ikley, West Yorkshire (£725,000)
Built in 1848, this Yorkshire pumping station has been redesigned as an open plan, two storey luxury home. Stylish, cool and equipped with a modern interior, this property boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception areas. There’s even a cinema room too!
9. Spitbank Fort Conversion – Solent, Near Portsmouth Harbour (Hotel Accomodation)
Okay so it’s not actually a house but we couldn’t help featuring Spitbank Fort in this list. Originally built as a line of defence against enemy attack on the Solent and Portsmouth, the fort has since been converted into a luxurious hotel. Boasting nine exquisite suites, stunning panoramic views and a tranquil setting, the site can be hired out for venues and events.
8. Cove Park Container Conversion – Rosneath Peninsula, Scotland
Sitting in a centre for creative professionals on the west coast of Scotland, these converted shipping containers offer temporary stay for artists. With a layer of grass covering the roof and decked balcony, these containers offer some pretty extraordinary views of Loch Long. The interior is bright and simply furnished with small porthole windows to allow extra daylight.
7. Railway Station Conversion – Bredenbury (£495,000)
Originally a Great Western Railway Station, this converted two bedroom house with additional accommodation is a quaint and picturesque property. Boasting 2.76 acres overall, the land included comprises of the station building, former parcel office, garage/workshop and parking. The lucky owner would also lay claim to the railway track and trolley sheds too. It’s the ideal home for any railway enthusiast.
6. Radar Station Conversion – North Berwick, Scotland (£2,500,000)
It’s not every day you find an old military outpost converted into a luxury home. Found deep in rural Scotland, this wartime structure has been converted into an impressive two-storey property. With 6.24 acres of land, two paddocks and an additional detached two-storey, four bedroom house, this really is a quality buy.
5. Water Tower Conversion – Kennington, London (£4,700,000)
The spectacular 99 foot tall water tower is the perfect example of a couple seeing an opportunity in unusual property. Originally part of the Lambeth Workhouse and Infirmary (then Lambeth Hospital), the building has 5 foot thick walls and a large steel water tank at the top. When bought, the building was in a poor condition. Now it boasts four bedrooms, a lift shaft and a 360 degree view of London. There’s an additional modern living space at the bottom, appropriately nicknamed the Cube.
4. St John’s Church Conversion – Hertfordshire (£2,500,000)
Coming with an acre of land, 4-5 bedrooms and an exceptionally well designed interior, this award winning church conversion is a grade two listed building. Sitting in a picturesque Hertfordshire village, the building offers three floors, a vaulted ceiling and bold stain glass windows.
3. Nuclear Bunker Conversion – Mill Hill, London (£4,500,000)
A 1950s nuclear bunker in North London doesn’t sound like the most attractive place to lay your hat but you’ll be surprised with this one. The site, originally built to protect local politicians in the 1950s, is now a luxury mansion set on protected green belt land. With 1.5m thick walls on the ground floor and 1.5 acres of grounds, there’s plenty to get excited about.
2. Water Tower Conversion – Hertford (£795,000)
The small town of Hertford is host to more than just a Pizza Express. It also happens to be the home of an exquisite converted water tower. The historic building is now a three bedroom residence with an intriguing interior. Sitting on three floors, the circular building presents an American Oak spiral staircase in its core leading up to spacious bedrooms and living areas. The garden’s pretty beautiful too.
1. Underhill House Barn Conversion – Cotswolds
This is a pretty extraordinary conversion. Originally a derelict 300 year old stone structure sitting on top of a hill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Any conversion taking place would have serious difficulty obtaining planning permission. This didn’t deter the Underhill House project. Also designed as the first Passivhaus in England (a German standard that offers 90% less carbon emissions than average homes). The build was granted planning permission via a policy which allows special treatment for ‘truly outstanding and ground-breaking’ properties offering ‘the highest standards in contemporary architecture’. To put this into perspective, this is only one of twenty properties in the UK to be accepted by this rule.
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