Turning a water tower into a private residence isn’t exactly a new concept, but it’s still a pretty cool undertaking that always commands our attention. That said, we’re really keen on seeing the after pictures of this UK-located, Victorian style water tower, which is currently on the market for £175,000 or $224,500, Curbed reports. It’s bound to catch the eye of a buyer who possesses a knack for renovating unconventional spaces – and most importantly – a desire to call the massive historic red brick structure home.
Located in Derenham, UK, the landmark building was constructed in 1881 but hasn’t been functional since the 1960s. Just in case calling a water tower home doesn’t make for the most impressive homeowner’s story ever, the structure is only one of two surviving Victorian style water towers in Norfolk County.
Although the property needs an incredible amount of TLC to whip it into livable shape, some of the design legwork has been handled in advance. The buyer will already have approval to transform the tower into a four-bedroom residence. Plans for renovation include a ground-floor bedroom and three additional bedrooms on the tower’s first and second levels along with a combined dining, kitchen and living area, a sitting room, skylights and an elevator. The updated design also allows the structure’s entrance hall capped wellhead to remain in place.
The building will join a host of other water towers-turned-residences located all over the globe, including British designer Tom Dixon’s tower converted townhouse – an 80-year-old structure in West London’s Ladbroke Grove which vacationers can now rent on Airbnb– and this fabulously updated six-level, single family water tower house in Belgium that boasts a two-car garage, a panoramic terrace (ah, the views!) outfitted with an outdoor shower and a circular domed bedroom complete with a spiral staircase.
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