From Derelict to Dazzling: A Blacksmith’s Forge Converted on a Budget

a converted blacksmith's forge
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

After years of living in Singapore, Philip and Elly Handley were ready to return to the UK and to build a life closer to their families. As first-time buyers with a limited budget, they kept an eye out for unloved projects with opportunities to extend or renovate before landing on The Forge — once a derelict blacksmith’s barn in Shropshire with a Grade II-listing and plenty of potential to make their own.

“The barn dates from around 1890 and had been turned into a village supply shop for a little while, but had been empty for about 15 years and was going to ruin,” says Philip.

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.