Amazing converted homes are former warehouses, factories, barns, bomb shelters, underground missile silos, firehouses, fire towers and churches are commonly repurposed into modern residences, For an adventurous buyer with a budget for renovation, no structure is off limits as a potential home.
There are almost endless supply of innovative converted homes that are inspirational and impressive. Here are few unique architectural designs and modern interiors that ho that any buildings and structures can be re-imagined into unique contemporary homes.
Warehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, USA was converted into contemporary home and office spaces by BLDGS. Until 1999, Villa de Murph was an unappealing circa-1947 automotive parts warehouse that had stood empty since the owner died seven years earlier.
After demolishing much of the building, BLDGs started from the walls, the slab, the rust and and the roof joists, creating a combined studio and home including a private courtyard with fireplace.
Trolley Garage and Firehouse in Philadelphia, USA shows its gorgeous conversion and bright architectural design by OnionFlats. In 2007 this structure, which started out as a trolley maintenance garage, then became a firehouse, was transformed to its third identity as home. The 5,000 square-foot space now features an observation deck over the living room, reclaimed lumber, and the attic was opened into a mezzanine.
Factory in Philadelphia, USA, converted into residential building by OnionFlats. For 80 years, this was the site of Capital Meats, a meat packing plant. In 1999, the seven crumbling structures began their transformation into Capital Flats, comprising eight residential dwellings.
Capital Flats is just one of countless factories, plants, and industrial spaces everywhere that have been transformed into single family and multi family dwellings.
Former industrial spaces converted into stunning factory homes
Contemporary loft conversion design, Oriental Warehouse in San Francisco
Bunker in Bremen, Germany was converted into comfortable contemporary houses by Rainer Mielke. Around 2,000 WWII-era bomb refuges still stand in Germany. Ranier Mielke began transforming them into homes 15 years ago, after passing one every day on his way to work every day sparked the idea.
The thick walls of the bunkers (now featuring windows) ensure the homes are cool in the summer and warm in the winter, so in addition to being recycled properties, they’re energy efficient as well.
Fire Tower in Judith Mountains, Mont., USA was converted into a beautiful contemporary home by Prairie Wind Architecture. Old forest fire-spotting towers, now obsolete in the era of aerial observation, are being repurposed as rustic camp-style guest houses and as homes.
The Judith Mountain Cabin, pictured here, was commissioned in 1989 by the son of a forester and built to look like a vintage fire tower using recycled materials. This one is more practical than a real tower, without all the climbing (or views) of this astounding fire-tower-style home, which is also in Montana.
Water tower in Soest, Netherlands was converted into a beautiful modern home by Zecc. This 1931 water tower was converted in 2002 into a nine-level modern private home using steel, concrete and glass, including a three-story window.
Church in Utrecht, Netherlands was converted into a living church by Zecc Architects. This former Catholic Chapel was minimally reconfigured in 2006 into the Living Church, utilizing some of the pews in the kitchen as benches and to make the table.
Railroad Car in Mercer Island, Wash., USA was redesigned into a small contemporary house with big personality. Some home-seekers move into former train stations, and one innovative home remodeler incorporated subway cars into his penthouse apartment in NYC’s West Village, but the Davidsons are way ahead of them all.
For 30 years, they’ve made their home in a 1945 red caboose that sits on rails on 4.25 acres on an island in Lake Washington. This charming home’s attributes include the picture windows and an 8 by 20 foot deck.
Grain Silo in Woodland, Utah, USA was re-imagined and converted into a contemporary home by Gigaplex. This unusual home on the Provo river is made from adjoining corrugated metal grain silos to form an 1800 square-foot space.
It was designed to accommodate a man and his visitors and grandchildren in cubby like bedroom pods which are equipped with stereo sound and flat screen monitors. Embedded wire mesh heats the floors and the propane stove can be controlled by Internet.
Barn in Bainbridge Island, Wash., USA was repurposed by architect Don Frothingham and converted into an impressive country home. This former 1905 dairy barn overlooking the Olympic Mountains was adapted into a residence in 1980.
At 2400 square feet, it boasts the soaring ceilings you’d expect from a barn, but none of the heat problems, as a new extra-insulated roof was added in the conversion. Other farmyard themed home conversions are made incorporating other farm outbuildings or even using barn ruins.