Continuing Education: Converted School Houses

Continuing Education: Converted School Houses

These houses make me want to go back to school. I promise I will finish all of my homework, and I will never talk during class — if I could live in one of these fabulous homes.

My only fear is that living in a school house might exacerbate those pesky dreams about showing up unprepared for a test or running late for class. I haven't been a student for 5 years, and I still wake-up in cold sweats filled with test anxiety. Does it ever go away? Will I be in my 80's, chilling in assisted living, and still dreaming about unfinished book reports? It might be worth the risk if I could enjoy the light-filled open rooms found in these converted schools.

• The open space of the school was retained by the owners of this Australian convert. Most of the original materials were re-imagined and reused in the renovation of this space, which used to be a badminton court, a recital hall, a band practice room and an auditorium.

• What was once a school built in the 1800's, is now a modern showcase in Denver, Colarado.

• This comparatively new school was built in the 1930's and is now a modern loft space.

• The owners kept the original stone walls of this school, built in 1857, but turned it into a romantic retreat for Australian lovebirds.

• This 1830's school house near the quaint village of Newcastle in the rural Clun Valley, UK has exposed beams and a triple height sitting room.

Images: 1. Sydney Morning Herald 2. Dornob 3. Channel4 4. Rochford Lodge 5. Home Away 5. Channel4

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