Church transformed into a stunning modern five bedroom


An architect has taken Tattykeeran Church, and turned it into a stunningly modern five bedroom home, and the award winning house is for sale!

Tattykeeran Church on Tattykeeran Road, Tempo originally dates back to 1814 and has been transformed over the last ten years to what can only be described as a truly exceptional and unique family home.

The main body of the original church provides the living accommodation with a spacious arrangement incorporating an open plan living/dining area open to fully fitted kitchen with feature double height ceiling throughout.


Limavady architect Nathan Armstrong designed the house in 2004 and 2005 and construction was complete by December 2008. He worked hard to ensure the new renovation complimented the church building.

Speaking about the development, Nathan said “In terms of the spaces in the building my favourite part is the link between the original and new parts of the building. As it is only a little church, the physical solution was a very simple one. We used the integrity of the church space to give us the inspirational living/studio area, and an annex to accommodate a discreet sleeping quarters. The combination was flexible and seemed to lend itself to a variety of possible uses. The remaining ingredient was how to treat the new and old buildings and make the whole thing desirable.”

“In architectural terms, internally preserving the quality of the church space was in no conflict at all with our new brief and the choice of using modern materials on the interior seemed an honest way to add its new layer of life and purpose. The annex required a humble but not diminished presence so that it had the integrity to sit next to the church but in a polite way.”

Nathan was also mindful that the church was a source of memories for people who had grown up in the area.

“Tattykeeran Church may have become simply 44 Tattykeeran Road but it is still there for those who were baptised or married in it to see. We hope it has been presented in such a way that the sensibilities of those people and the significance of those community and life events are not slighted but preserved.

A nod of approval has come from vestry committee of the surviving Colebrooke Estate church who have reintrusted us with the original bell made in Murphys Foundry in Dublin.”

The house was also awarded the BBC House of the Year in 2012 and it can be yours for £395,000.


The house is currently being sold by Simon Brien Residential in South Belfast. Nathan Armstrong is a registered Architect and Passive House designer and owns a successful design practice based in Limavady offering residential and commercial design and interior design and advice. Contact 07718607999 or visit

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