This idyllic little school house was originally located on Peggy’s Cove Road in Moose Brook, Nova Scotia. It is now a cozy getaway home with just enough room for the creative couple who gave it new life.
In the 1960′s the historic school building was moved to another nearby location and was used as a general store for the next three decades.
The store eventually closed and the empty building was given to its current owner for free with the minor caveat that it had to be moved (again).
New owners David Lacey and Heather Stephens had recently acquired a beautiful 55 acre parcel of land in Tenecape, Hants County, Nova Scotia and were determined to haul the school house over to their property and convert it into an off-grid, eco-friendly living space.
Welcome to Ballyblood Lodge, near the town of Tulla in County Clare, Ireland. Ballyblood Lodge is a 19th century barn that has been converted into a home. It is now used as a vacation rental so let’s have a peek inside to see what they did with the place…
The interior doesn’t much resemble a barn anymore; with its clean, modern lines and polished wood floors.
The “Ballyblood” name refers to the ancient O’Blood family “who owned all the district round this place“, according to the Ballyblood Lodge website.
The rental cottage has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is also wheelchair accessible with plenty of open space for a wheelchair to easily navigate.
It has been a while since I did a Rezoned and Repurposed post, so I thought I would feature the original Teller County Hospital in Cripple Creek, Colorado as part of my “Cripple Creek Week” series.
The two-story former hospital is located in the northwest corner of Cripple Creek and was built in 1901. Designed by architect C.E. Troutman, it was intended to serve the entire Teller county region including the nearby mines.
It has since been converted to an inn and it is currently for sale!
For $550,000 you can own the former operating room, recovery room, tuberculosis porches, mental ward, and patient rooms! Actually, since the building has been converted to an inn, the interior is a lot more comfortable nowadays. But it does still have a great deal of turn-of-the-century character and some surviving relics from its hospital days, such as this antique cane wheelchair below:
The structure is a solid old building in excellent condition… the exterior walls are six rows of brick thick from the basement all the way up to the roof-line!
It’s hard not to do a double take when you see this ship beached precariously on a rocky shore on Lake Erie, emerging from a woodland forest - is that for real?
Indeed, it is. The Benson Ford was a real-world shipping vessel built in Michigan in 1924, for use by the Ford Motor Company.
The ship actively roamed the Great Lakes hauling iron ore for over 50 years until it was decommissioned in December of 1981. At that time it was renamed the John Dykstra II in order for the original name to be used on a newer ship.
So how did it end up here?
The boat was sold for use as a barge, but the new owner had a change of heart and instead opted for a very unconventional use: a private home.
This 1920′s school house in Hollis Center, Maine was not only converted to a house, it was actually converted to a duplex with a mirrored floor plan.
So it has over 4,000 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 kitchens, etc., etc.
It was actually used as a school up until the 1960′s when it was converted to a single family home. The current owners used it as a duplex with living space on one side and a home-based business on the other side.
The former school house is currently listed for for sale at $240,000.
On the one side of the duplex is a remodeled kitchen with cherry red cabinets: