13 Unusual Homes in Schoolhouses, Silos + More from HGTV's 'House Hunters: Outside the Box'

Can you see potential in unexpected places? Take a tour through converted churches, theaters and bank vaults with House Hunters: Outside the Box and see how these homebuyers envision turning these non-traditional spaces into homes.

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Brick Church; Kingston, New York

Aside from the high ceilings, it’s not a large stretch of the imagination to see this stately brick church in upstate New York as a home with plenty of space.

Brick Church; Kingston, New York

Empty pews fill the large main room of this church, which could become the living space of a future family home.

Brick Church; Kingston, New York

Gorgeous blue stained glass windows come with this brick church on the corner that was originally built in 1952.

Historic Bank; Cumby, Texas

In the converted kitchen of the former bank, potential homebuyer Kris finds several surprises: updated kitchen appliances, exposed ceiling beams and a charming spiral staircase.

Historic Bank; Cumby, Texas

In the converted kitchen of the former bank, potential homebuyer Kris finds several surprises: updated kitchen appliances, exposed ceiling beams and a charming spiral staircase.

Historic Bank; Cumby, Texas

Judging by the French doors and new appliances, it would be difficult to guess a protected bank vault used to stand where the new, stainless steel refrigerator is today.

Historic Bank; Cumby, Texas

Once upon a time, this converted kitchen was full of safe deposit boxes, precious jewels and tellers. Now, the original character has been modernized with a painted ceiling, stainless-steel appliances, exposed brick floor and dark wood doors.

Blue Barn; Upstate New York

This brand-new barn takes after classic farmhouse styles and could be a low-maintenance home conversion for adventurous buyers looking for a home in the country.

Farm Silo; Upstate New York

On the farmstead, this once sturdy and necessary silo stands in an overgrown patch of land and currently serves as a home to birds and other nearby critters.

Farm Shed; Upstate New York

This little shed stands as part of four structures built in the 1940s in the New York countryside. Inside, there remains personal effects of a family who once resided there.

Little Red Barn; Upstate New York

A picture-perfect barn sits on sprawling farm property waiting to be renovated.

Storefront; Baker City, Oregon

This two-story building has an established retail storefront on the first floor, an appealing opportunity for local residents Heidi and Cory to recoup losses from costs of a previous renovation.

Storefront; Baker City, Oregon

The spacious main room of the storefront leads into a small kitchen, plenty of sunlight and an adjoining dance hall.

Storefront; Baker City, Oregon

With red chairs bordering this former dance hall room and twinkly decorations overhead, it’s not hard to imagine old-time gatherings with both well-dressed wallflowers and social butterflies dancing the night away.

Train Depot; Lewisburg, West Virginia

This West Virginia train depot still has a lot of character from its original construction in the early 1900s, including the ticket booth tucked just inside the porch. 

1960s Church; Lewisburg, West Virginia

While looking for non-traditional buildings for their future home, Alina and Bobby find this quirky white church from the 1960s that has immediate curb appeal.

Train Depot; Lewisburg, West Virginia

This little train depot in West Virginia was built in the early 1900s, which homebuyers Alinda and Bobby find appealing.

Little Bagel Shop; Baker City, Oregon

This sprawling commercial property provides ample living space on the second floor, while providing a retail area on the first floor that could be the home for potential homebuyers’ small business.

Hay Barn; Cumby, Texas

Though this open shed is currently in disrepair, buyer Kris sees potential for a cleaned-up storage space that she could rent out.

Dairy Barn in Disrepair; Cumby, Texas

Homebuyer Kris is looking for a renovation challenge and might have found her match in the trio of a dilapidated dairy barn, hay shed and silo in northeast Texas.

Dairy Barn; Cumby, Texas

This former dairy corral has some vestiges of hay bales and farm equipment, but if Kris takes on this renovation project, it could be a peaceful, open-air porch.

Farm Silo; Cumby, Texas

On the dairy barn, potential buyer Kris sees this old silo as a potentially charming pergola with a view of the surrounding farmland.

Bell Tower Church; Bolivar, Ohio

Right away, homebuyers Celesta and Sean are infatuated with the details of this well-maintained Catholic church built in 1903, including the stained glass windows and 65-foot-tall bell tower.

Bell Tower Church; Bolivar, Ohio

Just inside the church’s front doors, Celesta and Sean find hardwood floors, gleaming stained glass windows and a heavenly choir loft positioned overhead.

Bell Tower Church; Bolivar, Ohio

These intricate stained glass windows, created in 1885, were donated by a church in Maryland and were part of the initial 1903 construction of the bell tower church in Ohio.

Bell Tower Church; Bolivar, Ohio

Stained glass windows glow with different colors and bring light into a large, communal space where homebuyers Celesta and Sean could imagine a family room and dining area.

Bell Tower Church; Bolivar, Ohio

A perfect white altar lit by a chandelier is the ideal location where Celesta and Sean could built a semi-circular kitchen that overlooks the main family room and communal living space where pews used to sit.

Movie Theater; Honey Grove, Texas

This charming movie theater in the “sweetest town in Texas” has eye-catching details and plenty of local history but would require significant work to become habitable.

Movie Theater; Honey Grove, Texas

Inside the checkered floor of the lobby, Kris envisions an open kitchen and marble countertops where moviegoers used to buy candy and matinee tickets.

Movie Theater; Honey Grove, Texas

The theater comes with vintage movie chairs, a pair of grand chandeliers, a projector box and charming details, as if preserved in time.

Little Red Schoolhouse; Louisville, Ohio

This sweet old schoolhouse sits on sprawling grounds, which homebuyers Celesta and Sean imagine turning into a place to come home to.

Little Red Schoolhouse; Louisville, Ohio

Inside the schoolhouse built in 1885, there’s a lot of work ahead for its buyer, but the main space has potential to house any number of bedrooms.

Industrial Warehouse; Massillon, Ohio

This storefront and warehouse used to house the Ohio National Guard, a car dealership and Freedom Harley Davidson. It now stands vacant for creative buyers looking to make good use of the unconventional space.

Industrial Warehouse; Massillon, Ohio

Inside the freight elevator that used to transport cars between floors, Celesta and Sean head to the second floor to check out the living space upstairs.

Industrial Warehouse; Massillon, Ohio

The second floor of the former warehouse and body shop still has its original hardwood floors and windows and could turn into the main living space to host family and friends.

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