I think I have just found my new home — a 19th century Lutheran church in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood that has been converted into a livable space. If I can just rustle up the $699,000 asking price this one-of-a-kind home really could be mine! Since that doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon, I can dream up what I would do with the space.
The minute I saw this old church for sale at Inhabitat, I started imagining what I would do with the space. The entire first floor has been divided into three bedrooms but it also retains the large open space in the center and the second floor is a balcony that runs the perimeter. All that open space and natural lighting! Of course the first thing I'd probably do is roller skate around the first floor.
This would be an ideal space for a live/work situation. The first floor is currently set up as the main living space but I think I would opt to create a work space down there and move my sleeping/living quarters up to the balcony. What better way to look over my minions as they toil away at whatever it is they do that earns me the kind of money I'd need to live in a converted church. Whether it's used as a live/work or simply as a home, there are limitless possibilities with this space.
A unique living space like this does have drawbacks. I'm sure that heating and cooling a big open space – and one built in the 19th century even! – would be nightmarish. And, as we've learned from Sarah, there are many other pitfalls of living in an old church.
And yet I find myself dreaming of the possibilities!