Tips and Guides

Jumpstart Your Day: Woman Transforms Old Bank into a Cozy, Luxurious Home

It has a unique bar and a sauna, too!


Over the years, we've seen heritage sites restored to its former glory, ancestral homes turned into modern spaces, and old buildings being reused for other purposes like housing. These practices somehow preserve history, while giving each space a new twist and meaning. But have you ever imagined turning a bank into a home? It may strike others as an out-of-this-world idea, but for homeowner Cathy Calhoun, it meant coming home to a place that holds a special place in her heart.

Sources: DamnBored.TV and CNN Money.

Built in 1872, the National Bank of Spring City in Pennsylvania closed after over a century of operations in 1989. It was put up for auction, including all its contents, and Calhoun, who used to work there as a teller gladly put in a bid worth $52,000 (around P2.5M) and won.

When she bought the property, everything was still intact—from the vaults and safety deposit boxes, to the teller booths and tons of paperwork.

Calhoun tried to preserve as much of the bank as possible when she remodeled it but she wanted to make it livable and worked on a layout.

She improved the space one room at a time and made changes including adding a half circle to somehow break the monotony of the stark and square space. The said half circle houses the dining area.

Calhoun's bedroom used to be the boardroom. It now features a posh and sophisticated feel that's inviting after a long day outside.

Aside from the cozy nooks and classic touches found all over the home, we also loved how the owner transformed the huge vault into a bar—complete with glasses, decor, and drinks. A short hallway was decorated with bank memorabilia that she refused to throw away.

The best part about this house? The basement was turned into a sauna—for days when the owner simply wants to relax and unwind. Discover more about this inspiring transformation and watch the video below:

All photos: Screenshots from Youtube.

More on

Must-See: Oldest Mall in America Hosts 48 Low-Cost Micro-Apartments

Must-See: Tiny Apartment Turned into A Modern Home

Must-See: Hotel Rooms That Will Make You Embrace Your Inner Child


Latest Stories

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.

A Sneak Peek at the New Clark City

A Singaporean consulting firm has been tapped for the development project

You Can Use Wallpaper On The Ceiling, Too

Talk about having a one-of-a-kind accent in your space

Rockwell's Glasshouse Is The Chicest Restaurant Out There

Fashion retailer Harlan + Holden's response to the global trend of lifestyle dining is this airy and beautiful restaurant
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!