Renovating a church into two family homes

This Neo-gothic church in Québec, Canada has been carefully transformed into a modern family home. Check out the amazing before and after pictures in the story below.

Before:

before the renovation

After:

Renovating a church into two family homes
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Renovating a Neo-gothic church into two family homes

The Neo-gothic church in Frelighsburg’s village in Québec, Canada has been under a massive transformation from traditional church to a contemporary family residence. The project has taken 3 years from start to finish. While the church has kept its original character on the outside, its interior style is contemporary with lots of modern design.

Renovating a church into two family homes
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The project has been carried out as a true family project as the residents are also the owners of the construction company Constructions Boivin in charge of the renovation – and the sister to one of the owners is the responsible interior designer from DP Espace Design.

The original interior
Image courtesy: Claude Badet Photography
Church under renovation for family living
Renovating a church into two family homes in progress. Image courtesy: Claude Badet Photography

In addition to that, the finished residence fits two families and will be the home of two generations; – one living in the previous church and the other living in the presbytery.

Renovating a church into two family homes
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“There have been discussions in this church before its transformation. There have been essays, scribbles, doubts, wacky and wise ideas…and finally pride. I am very proud of this project”

– Interior designer Daniéle Petit 

Modern kitchen
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Renovating a church into two family homes
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Preserving original details on the church

The entire project from Neo-gothic church to family home has been carried out with great respect for the old church and an objective to maintain its cultural heritage. However, some changes were necessary to adjust the “soul” from church to warm and friendly family place.

Stairway under renovation for family living
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Stairway completely renoovated
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Due to the massive open space with big windows and high ceilings, it took a lot of creativity to picture a home. One of the first steps was to change the plan from one massive open space to smaller areas to ensure functionality into each room.

Renovating a church into two family homes
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Outside, the mature vegetation has been preserved and the courtyard remains a place of recollection. From the inside, it’s possible to see the original and still functional bell tower that weighs 850 pounds. The massive part of the architecture blends perfectly with the décor and brings prestige to the luxurious residence. Specially designed windows play a massive role in the new design as they bring in lots of light and add a contemporary and modern style.

Renovating a church into two family homes
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Renovating a church into two family homes

The bathroom with original window frame
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Data on the renovation:

  • Home area: 2,500 square feet
    Office, workshop and garage area: 1,500 feet
    Design & concept by dp Espace Design
  • Windows: Fabelta
  • Construction: Constructions Pierre Boivin Inc team

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