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Victorian water tower fixer upper yours for $225K

Lots of potential for a rad four-bedroom home...after oodles of elbow grease

On the Market

Adaptive reuse isn’t merely for old cranes and boiler rooms. This incredible Victorian water tower in Derenham, UK, is prime material for a one-of-a-kind home conversion. Built in 1881, the brick structure is one of just two surviving examples of the style built in Norfolk County.

Back in the 1800s, the tower was an innovation in water sanitation, improving water pressure and thereby helping to cut off the spread of cholera through contaminated wells. The Derenham tower fell out of use in the 1960s with the construction of a more modern concrete water tower that sits beside its historic counterpart and can be seen looming over it in photos.

The Grade II-listed (aka landmarked) brick building is on the market for £175,000 ($224,500), but plans have already been approved for its alteration into a four-bedroom home, should the buyer wish to convert it.

The renovation includes keeping the capped wellhead inside of a double-height entrance hall, and the addition of a bedroom on the first floor, three bedrooms across the second and third floors (all en-suite), an open kitchen and living area on the fourth floor, and a sitting room on the top floor—lit by new skylights and a large new window. The home would also get an elevator.

Via: The Spaces