Church houses always sound great in theory, but in practice … what are you really going to do with forty rows of pews, or the space left when they are vacated?

This Australian (via DesiretoInspire) religious structure started small and ended small, but the latter in the hands of homeowners who could use its entire area without feeling overwhelmed.

Other features fit right in as well, from cozy outdoor nooks formed by bends in the building, and existing water features and landscaping around the outside.

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The windows were already at residential scale, though few homes can boast such beautiful and think masonry exteriors (in this case, some of that is left to show through on the interior, too). All in all, a very manageable conversion project and livable residence.