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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

2. Gotta love this one in Milford, Pennsylvania by AM Projects of New York City. To see complete photos check out

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.

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;

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;–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;

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.


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