These spaces prove the sky's the limit when it comes to home renovations.
As the bright yellow and red exterior of this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suggests, the building was previously an old-fashioned fire station, built in 1887. Today, the home's bottom floor is a 3,700-square-foot workspace, and upstairs is a bright, modern loft with exposed wood beams, brick walls and hardwood floors.
This 3,500-square-foot Manhattan apartment, which was once rented by Jude Law, features 20-foot high ceilings and beautiful stained glass, because it was actually a Romanesque Revival church built in the 1860s. Now, however, it also has a media room and "floating" glass staircase.
Other building conversions seem "normal" compared to , in which a home is actually built within a 1955 steel-wall silo. The 340-square-foot crescent-shaped house is two stories tall, with beautiful walnut interiors and a skylight at the top.
This photographer's studio and home has kept some of its original 19th-century features, like the vintage now in the kitchen, but also has added green features like LED lighting and a on the roof. The other ? No more stinky pickle smell.
Jeweler Frederico de Vera's weekend home was built in 1875 as a train station, but you'd hardly know it from the inside, where you'll find a sophisticated space that's full of unique treasures and antique furniture.
In 1835, this was just one of several modest cottages for workers at a textile mill. It was also part of a psychiatric hospital campus in 1910, before a 1990 gut renovation turned the home into the stunning 6,500-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom property it is today. Though it maintains its original stone exterior, it's a completely modern home with nearly five acres of land and a value of $4.3 million.
The building where this Chelsea loft is located actually used to be a YMCA, but not just any YMCA. It happened to be the YMCA where the Village People shot for their song of the same name in 1978. In 2002, the building was sold and turned into condos, and today, the duplex is so chic it's hard to believe it ever held a gymnasium with a running track.
Designer Henriette von Stockhausen's home in Dorset, England was constructed within 18th-century horse stables — but aside from the wood beams, you'd hardly know it. The elegantly-decorated 5,200-square-foot space took 11 weeks to renovate and combines classic English design with bright pops of color and Mexican and Moroccan influences.
In its former life, this bright Philadelphia home filled with vibrant colors was actually a Sunday school at a 19th-century church that sat abandoned and in shambles for 40 years before it got a gut renovation.
In 1884, this stylish top-floor was actually part of a brand new caviar warehouse. Today, it still has the same high ceilings and brick walls, but no caviar here (unless that's what you're having for dinner). Instead, the apartment features sleek, colorful decor and an inverted courtyard that's connected to a garden on the roof.
In the early part of the 20th century, this London apartment complex was actually the ticket office where passengers bought tickets for the ill-fated voyage on the Titanic. Today, its ocean liner-themed apartments are just as elegant as the hapless ship's quarters.
Living in a shipping container sounds like something from a post-apocalyptic film, but not when you're talking about this 2,700-square-foot , which is actually quite sleek (and built from eight shipping containers combined). With a budget of only $170,000, the result is an industrial-looking home with an open design and features like glass walls and a suspended fireplace.
Choosing an 1893 as the place to start an inn doesn't seem like the most practical choice, unless you're not expecting many guests, but that's exactly what the owners of this home did. After a year of renovations beginning in 2012, Hillside Schoolhouse, which was also a gospel church in the 1950s but had been empty since 2000, became a boutique inn. It now has two bedroom suites, but all of the original historical details including original windows, floors and slate chalkboards remain.