A designer in England turned a church first built in the late 1800s into his own personal sanctuary, and the results are absolutely stunning.
Known as St. Saviour’s Church or the “Tin Church,” the property located in Faversham, Kent, was de-consecrated in 1952 and purchased by designer Nick Kenny. Kenny restored it with his signature design strategy: using recycled materials and re-purposed items.
The main space, featuring an open living room and kitchen area, was once the church’s community hall. Open and airy with tall ceilings and an exposed timber roof, the room also has Gothic-style arched windows that flood it with natural light.
Kenny, who specializes in unique kitchen and bathroom designs, used the underside of zinc roofing from the city’s scrapyards for the cupboard doors, and for the counter top, a piece of marble that he salvaged from a job where it was about to be thrown out.
A spiral staircase, which was an old external fire escape Kenny found on eBay, leads to the sleeping loft, a mezzanine platform that overlooks the main room.
In the front of the building, there’s a large workshop/studio and storage space. And upstairs, accessed by its own private staircase, there’s a cozy place to reflect in the sitting room which features a gorgeous and dramatic circular window.