This home renovation is quite literally a Modern Sanctuary. Transforming a 1930s church into a functional family home brings its challenges, and that’s why owners Jodi Riviera and Brian Buchanan brought in the professionals. While this 3,500 sq. ft. space had previously been converted into a home when Jodi and Brian purchased it, designer Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors and architect Daniel Castor of Castor Architecture were tasked with reconfiguring the space to better accommodate their family’s busy lifestyle and love of entertaining.
The comprehensive renovation included the removal of a dropped ceiling, eliminating of walls and redesigning the floor-plan to create a large open great room housing the kitchen, dining and living spaces. Holly paid homage to the church’s history by preserving some of its original details including the oak doors, hardware in the powder room, a stained-glass window in the living room, and the rope used to pull the steeple bell (the original bell was replaced by one found on a trip to Italy). The open layout and Holly’s seamless mix of contemporary and antique furnishings make for an inviting, tranquil home perfect for entertaining and filled with rich history.
Warm wood cabinets, a window bench and unique lighting create an inviting entryway.
Holly developed a custom wallpaper patterned with the original blueprints.
The existing stained glass window and built-in cabinets create strong focal points for the great room.
The TV can be lowered into the cabinets below allowing the full stained glass window to be displayed.
Wood beams and the original steeple bell pull maintain the character of the home’s past life.
White marble and black satin granite countertops, a hand-wrought pewter island, Ann Sacks tiles and wide-plank oak flooring from Francois & Co, give the kitchen a modern, comfortable feel. The floor to ceiling cabinetry provides ample storage space.
The elevated marble double-basin sink with brass fixtures coupled with Ann Sacks tile makes a statement in the master bathroom.
Bathtub by Waterworks.
The master bedroom was once the church’s meeting chamber.
The secondary bathroom includes a cozy bench seat and a beautiful, yet functional vanity with plenty of storage.
We appreciate the vision that Holly brought to this renovation and the care that was put into preserving this historical building while creating a welcoming and livable family home.
Sanctuary Seekers – we would love to hear about your efforts to preserve history in your homes.