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Small Town’s Bank of America Location Converted into a Humble Home

What you’re about to see is not a tiny house. It’s a really interesting situation because it’s a commercial bank building that was most recently owned and operated by Bank of America.

Not one of my favorite companies. In fact, they shouldn’t really exist anymore. But for some reason this house makes me happy because this guy took it and turned it into a humble home of his own.

I think you’ll also find this unique bank to house conversion interesting. And don’t miss the video interview/tour below.


I encourage you to get the complete tour below:

Let’s go Inside this Unique Humble Home


Door Opens to the Living Room


And the hall you see there leads to the kitchen, bathroom and laundry area which you’re about to see.





Compact Dishwasher


Compact Refrigerator





Bathroom with Shower and Laundry Room



The Vault!




The Rest of the Tour





Upstairs Bedroom


Corrugated Metal Ceiling with Recessed Lighting (Cool!)





Video Tour of Small Town’s Bank of America Converted into Unique Humble Home

“When Bert Crews was looking for a home in the tiny frontier-style town of Tomales, California, it just happened to be the moment when Bank of America was selling their 19th century brick and mortar building. Crews, a native of Texas, was used to converting wherehouse-type buildings into loft homes and so within 24 hours he had bought the old branch.

He needed a bit of help for drilling through the concrete to put in the plumbing, but he put in his own “galley-style” kitchen with a mini fridge, half-sized dishwasher and small stove/oven unit. He uses the vault as storage for his art supplies and athletic gear and he left the wooden teller windows in place, surrounding them minimal furniture (table and chairs, couch and grand piano).

The home hasn’t lost the feel of a historic bank and in 2000, Barry Levinson used his home as a set for the movie “Bandits” with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.

For Crews, the inconvenience of the additional noise of downtown living- he’s sandwiched between a bar and a hotel- are outweighed by the benefits, especially for an artist (i.e. he can play his instruments late at night).” (Source)

Read the original article here.

Photo credits YouTube/Faircompanies.

I would’ve never thought about living in a bank building! But I do remember looking at several commercial and retail spaces throughout my life and imagining converting them to awesome living spaces. How about you?

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  • alice h August 23, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Love it. That vault would be the perfect mouse-proof pantry (assuming it’s really well sealed up).

    • Brett August 24, 2013, 7:53 am

      Great use of a grand old building. Alex, don’t know what you have against BoA but I can tell you there are 2 sides to every story and the media’s side isn’t the way things went down.

  • Mugur August 24, 2013, 2:28 pm

    How would you call a bank converted into a house?
    A good start!

    Now that’s a happy thought: instead of having our homes foreclosed and taken by the banks, imagine the other way around! A truly utopian society: all the banks closed, their building given to the people needing houses (and all debts canceled!). That’ll be the day …!
    I loved the colors downstairs – the brown-green harmony (it’s like an old Jaguar painted in British Racing Green with a mahogany dashboard). I totally disliked the “Corrugated Metal Ceiling with Recessed Lighting”! WTF!?! Looks like shantytown architecture and interior decorating! This is the idea of “Humble home”? The dates the owner gets into this house must be really cheap, ’cause only the poorest gals could look at that corrugated ceiling and still get satisfied! Or maybe the answer is in the next sentence, quoted from Alex: “Crews, a native of Texas, was used to converting wherehouse-type buildings into loft homes and so within 24 hours he had bought the old branch.” I believe the above-mentioned type of buildings should have two letters “o” – you figure it out where it fits the second one.

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