Located off a country road in Shropshire, near the Welsh border, this award-winning micro-home is looking for a very specific buyer. The nine-square-metre converted blacksmithing forge was transformed into a veritable family bungalow by local practice Studiobloc four years ago and was honoured with the Telegraph’s ‘Home of the Year’ medal in 2020 for its deft incorporation of historic and contemporary elements.
Founder Philip Handley, a former employee of Rem Koolhaas at OMA, achieved this with a façade of corrugated steel – referencing the structure’s industrial past – alongside original 19th-century brick. Handley makes use of that same weathered brick inside and thick timber trusses with markings from the bygone blacksmith. Pristine concrete floors provide contrast throughout the space.
Common areas in the central barn are broken up but remain cohesive thanks to interior windows. Private terraces lead out from the new clean-lined kitchen and an en suite office that can double as a bedroom. Another of the three bedrooms has its own en suite, bringing the bathroom count to three – remarkable on such a small footprint.
Called Stanley Green, the Shropshire property is currently on the market for £385,000 with The Modern House.