The Coolest Conversions We've Ever Seen
From farmhouses to churches, conversion projects provide some of the most artful and inspired architectural revamps the world over. As we plot our own summer remodeling projects, why not revisit some of the biggest and best transformations anywhere? These remarkable makeovers take renovating to the next level. If you're taking on a DIY, get ready to marvel in the genius and sheer magnitude of these undertakings. Welcome to the major leagues.
No conversion list would be complete without Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi's California ranch. The iconic transformation beautifully joins classic farmhouse antiques with intelligent, contemporary accents. The all-white lofted ceilings are smartly highlighted by important vintage references and bold works of art.
The restored ballroom living space within Redleaf Manor, a historic 30,000-square-foot English Tudor Revival mansion, was built in 1881 and designed by architect Frank Furness. The mansion’s ballroom conversion by architect Mindy O’Connor is now a single-family home, complete with the property's original 11-foot ceilings and leaded-glass French doors and windows.
Originally a 19th-century warehouse in Melbourne, this modern industrial loft had multiple past lives as a jam factory, an aerated water factory, an advertising agency, and an engineering consultancy. The re-design by Andrew Simpson Architects converted the two-story building, known as the Water Factory, into a 4305-square-foot family home full of natural light and bold modern detail.
Converted from a historic gambrel hay barn that had been damaged in a severe fire, this Connecticut dairy farm conversion by Specht Harpman is now a chic weekend escape. The reimagined 4500-square-foot home, called the Charnin Residence, is the ultimate transformation from rustic to modern.
This Danish barn conversion is the artful home of architects Hanne and Peter Lind-Bonderip. We especially love the exposed-beam ceiling that grants pattern and depth to an otherwise minimal space. Quiet details and clean, contemporary furnishings allow the architecture itself to take center stage.
The Australians have a way with warehouse conversions. The adept pairing of minimal modernism with subtle natural detail seamlessly marries nature and industry. Chrome and black lacquer prove a handsome counterpoint to heirloom wood floors and sharp geometric silhouettes for a look of spirited simplicity.
Which conversion is your favourite?