What was once a water tower — used to store over 61,000 gallons of H2O — is now home to Patrick Mets and his family. Fascinated by water towers for years, Mets, the director of finance and human resources for Belgium-based Aremis, was finally able to realize his dream of living in one.
Mets purchased the building in 1996 for 30,000 euros (about $43,000). Then he navigated through red tape for 8 years until he was given the green light to renovate the tower into a home, provided that he maintain its original structure. After 5 years and 1.5 million euros later, he transformed it into his private residence.
The water tower stands near the Brussels Airport and overlooks acres of cornfields, pastures, and meadows. As luck has it, the tower is soundproof with the exception of the roof deck, where the family enjoys summer barbecues and watches the jets flying past.