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September 4, 2012

Don’t Want To Go Back To School?

by mark mclean

I remember dreading Labour Day. It signaled the end of Summer and the return to school. Except for a few keeners, I didn’t know many kids who were excited to go back to school. So, I say, lets convert all the schools to cool houses!!! I have assembled the top seven school-house conversions.

1. Check out this beauty. The original building was constructed near Denver in the late 1800s and, as this image illustrates, was once a very different kind of place – home to a huge group of students with a vastly different set of spatial needs. To read more about this renovation and see pics check out  http://dornob.com/classic-school-house-converted-into-contemporary-home/?ref=search

2. Gotta love this one in Milford, Pennsylvania by AM Projects of New York City. To see complete photos check out http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/school-house-conversion/10427/

3. La Classe is the name that owners Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux – both specialized in architectural photography – have chosen for this old village school they have converted into accommodation for groups and seminars. Located in the heart of Denée, a small village in Belgium, the 1863 building can now accommodate up to 21 people in seven bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. View the full picture library here. http://www.homedsgn.com/2011/07/06/la-classe-an-old-school-conversion-in-belgium/

4. Through the renovation and conversion of a historic structure this unusual project has created a dramatic, modern and sustainable building. The project took a redundant 1940s schoolhouse, located in East Vancouver’s historic Strathcona neighbourhood, and transformed it into five distinctive residential units for the client and his extended family.More pics here;  http://www.sabmagazine.com/blog/2011/07/04/sab-homes-6-the-schoolhouse/

5. Imagine turning a schoolhouse that’s more than a century old into a modern-industrial home  in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. The clients had a specific vision in mind: They wanted a house with a modern interior that blended with the old building and had many green features. And they wanted to stay within a modest budget. Check out this stellar reno here; http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2686952/list/Houzz-Tour–Schoolhouse-Turned-Home-in-Chicago

6. An old school building. Two class rooms with mezzanine. One colour; yellow. Yellow painted floors, walls and ceiling. Yellow layered glass. Yellow light, yellow bath, yellow sink. Yellow towels and toothbrush. interesting choice of colour. view more pics here; http://www.archdaily.com/66743/loft-geeraert-dmva/

7. This quaint family home is brilliant! Located in Eslöv, Sweden, the beautiful Converted Schoolhouse – though built-in the 1920s – looks as fresh and modern as ever. Leave it to the Swedes to hit this one out of the park. http://homeideadecorating.com/converted-schoolhouse-in-sweden/.html

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