Werribee couple converts former church into unique home

December 12, 2017 by  

In 2015, a Werribee couple purchased the 1912 church at 9 Chirnside Avenue for $490,000 and proceeded to convert it into a beautiful house. The property recently went to auction.

When the coupled first purchased the building, there was only a kitchen, lounge, and three bedrooms. Utilising their connections in the building industry, the couple took merely six months to transform the old church into a big, new family house. According Lana Fortuna, the final design resulted in a calm, tranquil and peaceful home.

Lana's husband favoured modern style designs, whereas she loved old-fashioned homes. The couple decided to combine their extreme differences into a collaborated home design with fresh and unique vibes. They merged modern and period features into their design, paying attention to minor details including bricks and door handles. The original church doors were also incorporated into the final design to maintain old-style features.

On the other hand, on par with modern home designs, there is a four-car garage and gym on the ground level. The kitchen has granite benchtops, a dishwasher, and a combined oven and cooktop..

Although the house holds special meaning to the family, Ms. Fortuna decided sell it as it is now too big after her older children moved out.

Unique houses are quite rare in today’s housing market where repetitive designs are seen everywhere. Those interested in unique housing may wish to dig out those business cards of builders and architects to start the journey of building their dream home.

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