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Historic Chapel to Small House Conversion

For me, tiny homes come in all shapes and sizes.

And for me to be able to call a house tiny doesn’t require it to be a particular square footage.

If you’re with me, high five!

And depending who I’m talking to, I may call it a tiny house or I may call it a small house.

All I really look for is that it’s relatively small, makes good use of space, and is designed in a somewhat unique fashion.

In other words… No wasted space, no cookie cutter design, and as much common sense as possible.

That’s why I’m excited to share this former chapel that was saved from destruction and rehabbed into a beautiful humble home.

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Unfortunately I can’t tell you the exact square footage inside but I do know that it has two bedrooms, one living room, one bathroom, and a small kitchen.


Since it’s two stories it has a very small footprint. I imagine it to be 850 square feet or even less.

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Might not seem very tiny after looking at 170 sq. ft. tiny houses earlier…


But if you consider that a family could live in something like this, it really is tiny.

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If a family of four shared 900 sq. ft. that equates to just 225 sq. ft. per person. That’s a really small footprint per person. Tiny, even!

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Jennie K
    December 30, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Wow, absolutely beautiful! From a chapel to a house. That is amazing.

  • RockyMissouri
    December 30, 2013, 4:39 pm

    We’ve been living in a house that size for 30 years… While it’s clearly not for everyone, we have been quite comfortable…!!

  • RockyMissouri
    December 30, 2013, 4:43 pm

    And what an absolute delight this dwelling is! It is MARVELOUS!
    Thank you…!

  • Janie V
    December 30, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Beautiful! I would like one. Its perfect, It has everything.

  • David Ridge
    December 30, 2013, 7:37 pm

    And they left the cross on the spire.

  • mark sinclair
    December 31, 2013, 6:31 am

    saw this on george clarks amazing spaces …it was a flat pack that you could purchase from large departmant stores back in victorian times ..how mad is that

  • Doc
    January 1, 2014, 1:22 pm

    On the right setting this could be our retirement home. Done. Moving in. Well only need one bedroom, owners can use the other! Hope they like cats. 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 5, 2014, 7:07 pm

    You could talk me into living here without too much trouble. Love the spiral staircase and the bathtub!

  • zackem
    January 6, 2014, 8:44 am

    It is more then mere words could dis scribe….!

  • Eugene
    January 23, 2014, 1:58 pm

    looks like they even kept the original baptismal tub

  • Francine Mongeon
    January 25, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Would love to live in this chapel, you are very lucky!
    All the memories that were made there, all the tears, all the dreams and the hope!
    You are surrounded by love.
    This is a lovely home!

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    February 18, 2014, 3:53 pm

    This makes me wonder, why does every structure have to be conventional? Can not some people think outside the box and help this economy to make rents and homes affordable, and let people concentrate more on work, without the constant worry of bills? Home like this could be an IDEAL stepping stone for a lot of people!!!

  • Zackem
    February 18, 2014, 4:32 pm

    I agree with Otessa…! This is a great stepping stone for people who are in need.. I have often thought that if I could get the proper funding or even if I could raise the money some how to build a small village for the many so needy people here in my home town who are homeless, what an positive impact it would have on the community as a whole.. To show people that small or tiny housing has a positive effect on their community instead of just another bad idea to spend money on the homelessness … Homelessness has effected almost every community within the U.S., would it not be a beautiful thing to make homelessness a thing of the past, by building small stepping stones with tiny housing..!

    • Diane
      July 31, 2017, 1:43 pm

      Zachem I too wish that we could do more for the homeless but the fact is they are usually addicted to drugs or alcohol or even worse heroine or crack. Many are mentally ill. They are poor because many of them have made poor choices in life. Society did not get to them soon enough with any real help and now they are chronically homeless and have adapted to the lifestyle. If you gave a homeless person this beautiful home they would probably trash it. This home has been painstakingly preserved and modified to be a livable space. It takes a person that is intelligent and respectful of their surroundings to care for a place like this. A job to pay the bills of operating the home. I once set up a lady in a beautiful apartment and bought furniture for her only to see that two months later she was gone and had gone back with her drug addict boyfriend that I worked so hard to get a restraining order on so he would not come around. Putting people in a home does not change their choices in life. I would put a homeless person into a group home before ever handing them keys to something I spent thousands of dollars building and furnishing. If they do well in the group home then they can have a house if they can keep a job and pay the bills. When that stops the keys should no longer be theirs to keep. Accountability in life is everything.

        July 31, 2017, 3:19 pm

        I do realize the issues associated with the undertaking of those who are homeless, and I even more than understand the issues with the drug addicted.. And because there are those who would say that we would be funding a dead issue such as I described, this is where you should focus the most attention at it’s greatest of issues and not the walk thru the easy path of life..! I could go thru a whole web page of reasons why we should not waste so much emphasis on the homeless, but I would be neglecting those who are willing to make a change…! And this issue is all about change is it not so this is where we begin..

      • Nanny M
        August 1, 2017, 10:17 am

        Kind of a broad brush, Diane. People can be homeless because their home burned down, they lost their job, they have medical issues and bills… My rent has increased over $100 a year in the 8 years I’ve lived here. I am disabled with only Social Security. Homelessness could descend on me this month. Section 8 has a five year waiting list and is taking no more names. Tiny home villages need to be accepted and the rehabbing of unused structures encouraged. This little chapel made such a charming home.

  • Mary
    February 21, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Gosh Alex, another one of your majestic creations. I absolutely love this chapel house… it’s so cosy and no wasted space!

  • Karen Peterson
    March 11, 2014, 1:14 am

    Is this beautiful building for sale? Where is it located? It facinates me….Thanks Karen Peterson

    • Michael
      July 30, 2017, 10:22 pm

      It appears to ba in England:
      Walcot Hall
      Lydbury North
      SY7 8AZ

  • Jen
    May 21, 2014, 2:37 pm

    I am completely in love with this house! It’s gorgeous!!!

  • Brian
    June 8, 2014, 10:36 pm

    Is that not totally gorgeous. I could move in tomorrow. I am sure you are very proud of your home and deserve to be. Love it love it.

  • Nicoleta
    June 25, 2014, 11:50 am

    This one would be my first choice up on the vision board. Every detail inside and out is so lovingly designed I can only imagine a truly blessed couple waking to their heavenly home on earth. Thank you for sharing this marvel…

  • Martha
    July 9, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I love it! I’ve always said I’m too old to climb a ladder to the loft, but with a real staircase and beautiful bedrooms I think I could easily do it. It really is a beautiful home.

  • Kim
    July 9, 2014, 10:46 pm

    I continue to be awe-struck when I see photos of this lovely space.

  • Reader
    July 10, 2014, 9:09 am

    I wonder what it looked like as a church? It certainly would have been a tiny church!

  • Mary McReynolds
    July 30, 2017, 5:00 pm

    Stunning with sacred overtones and the perfect balance of renovated old. And so marvelous to occupy, I have no doubt.

  • Michael
    July 30, 2017, 10:25 pm

    This is beautiful. But I doubt it’s for sale as it is part of a larger facility offering weddings and such in England. Looks to be West of Birmingham on the map.

  • Pam
    July 31, 2017, 9:00 am

    This is truly lovely. I do appreciate the Chapel vibe, must hold many memories. The spiral staircase is perfect. Thank you for sharing this wonderful space.

  • Jan
    July 31, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Wow Love it!!!! One [f my all time favorites! Just beautiful!

  • Karen Brown
    August 2, 2017, 7:04 pm

    Oh, this one is beautiful!

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