Marrying Victorian Elegance with Industrial Chic, A Captivating Extension and Renovation in St Albans

In the heart of St Albans, a semi-detached home has undergone a stunning transformation. Our team has been Seamlessly blending the traditional beauty of a Victorian home with some punchy industrial features. This extension and renovation project has shown that with some creative thought and careful planning you can make the most of what would otherwise be a wasted garden space in a semi detached home. With sample natural light pouring in through panoramic windows and original brickwork on display, this project has breathed new life into into the homes classic design.

Preserving the Past

Victorian-era homes possess a unique allure with their ornate detailing and timeless appeal. In this renovation great care was taken to preserve the original character of the house. By mimicking the original brickwork patterns and using hand made clay bricks the new extension was built to have the appearance of being part of the original house.

Ample Natural Light

A key aspect of the extension design was the incorporation of natural light. A Large glass wall and roof became the focal point, opening up the interior to a flood of sunshine. The interplay between the expanse of glass and the original brickwork was a sight to behold, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere throughout the home.

Industrial Features and Original Brickwork

As a nod to the industrial aesthetic that has gained popularity in contemporary design, this renovation incorporated industrial elements that seamlessly complemented the Victorian foundation. Exposed original brickwork in strategic locations added a touch of raw elegance to the space, enhancing the home’s character and highlighting the historical significance of the building.

Functionality and Practicality

Beyond aesthetics, the extension and renovation were thoughtfully planned to optimize functionality. The additional space provided by the extension catered to the needs of a modern lifestyle by adding a large open living space to enjoy whilst allowing room for the well equipped and sophisticated kitchen to spread into the space. The extra space also allowed for a grand inviting island great for hosting friends and family. The beautiful black kitchen designed by our client with its brass accents is complimented by a large natural quartz countertops, and is a sight to be enjoyed whilst serving its purpose as a fully functioning cooking and catering space.

This extension and renovation project on this Victorian semi-detached house in St Albans is a testament to the harmonious marriage of Victorian elegance and industrial chic. The clever window design has allowed the space to feel open and inviting. We are proud to have played out part in creating a home that pays homage to its past while embracing the innovative spirit of the present. This project stands as a radiant example of how thoughtful design and creativity can transform a house into a truly captivating living space.

Testimonials

Sorcha Doran
Sorcha Doran
6 June 2023
Birch & Sons recently completed a kitchen renovation at our home including a wall removal, re-work of the plumbing, and a full new kitchen fit-out. They were clean, tidy, punctual, and worked diligently to get the job done. We will definitely use them again for future projects and highly recommend them. Thanks George, Steve, Rob & Team!
Daniel Butterfield
Daniel Butterfield
30 April 2023
Easy to do business with. George replaced 13 panels and tied up the existing ones. The fences they fitted look great and the job was completed in a day. Great work đź‘Ť
Kim Garnett
Kim Garnett
16 April 2023
George, Steve and Rob have made our dream home a reality. Extensive works delivered to the highest standard included, ground work, demolition of external walls and fitting RSJ, all manner of internal works including first and final fix electrics and plumbing and decorating. Throughout the process they have been professional and friendly, hardworking, proactive and clean. We would highly recommend Birch and Son to anyone.
paul prasanta
paul prasanta
1 April 2023
It is my heartfelt pleasure to admit that Birch & Son is a 'A team'. Very punctual, well mannered, respectful and finished with a very tidy job. Their quality of workmanship is of superior quality- just excellent.
Thomas Cole
Thomas Cole
21 July 2022
Birch & Son are really good and we would recommend them to anybody else in the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire area. They are friendly, hard-working, reliable, punctual and the quality of their work is excellent. We had two bathrooms renovated by them in June/July 2022 and we are very happy with the results. We will definitely be using them again in the future.
George O'Brien
George O'Brien
14 April 2022
An amazing company. I have complete confidence that the work requested is price correctly and reasonable. That the quality of workmanship is excellent. When on site they follow H&S to the letter and alway send any Risk and Method statements in advance. The site teams are professional and polite and always clean up after the works are completed. Finally the aftercare is second to none. Totally recommend Birch & Son to any one.
Amy Craig
Amy Craig
21 August 2021
Birch & Son recently completed a small project in our home, opening up our fireplace and installing a new doorway. They were professional and understood our vision for what we wanted. They are friendly and approachable, and after a previous bad experience with tradesmen we have been impressed with their work ethic. Will be definitely going back to Steve, George and the team in future and would recommend to anyone!
katie Toyer
katie Toyer
12 July 2021
Amazing! They did a remodel of our entire downstairs living space. This included opening up a wall, blocking up a door way, reconfigured our existing kitchen units, built a new feature bannister, fitted all new lights and radiators plus painting and decorating. The work is perfect and we are delighted! They cleaned up every evening and made sure the space was usable throughout. Really nice guys and felt at ease having them here doing the work.
Rod Latham
Rod Latham
27 March 2021
Steve and George conducted an extensive renovation of our main bedroom and landing, and then remodelled our front garden with a new wall and patio. On both occasions, we found them to be friendly, professional, and competitively priced, working constructively with us to discuss issues when they arose so we could understand our choices and agree on solutions. They delivered to a high standard, and went to considerable lengths to keep the mess and disruption to a minimum. I would highly recommend them for minor or major building works.
Recent building & renovation work

Please see below for a selection of our recent building projects in Bedfordshire.

SEE MORE OF OUR WORK

WHEN QUALITY COUNTS

Our work is carried out to the highest standard, without cutting corners. We are passionate about delivering great solutions and do the very best that we can to exceed customers’ expectations.

We are happy to discuss your building project ideas and will offer a free no-obligation estimate.

GET IN TOUCH TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT

Testimonials

Sorcha Doran
Sorcha Doran
6 June 2023
Birch & Sons recently completed a kitchen renovation at our home including a wall removal, re-work of the plumbing, and a full new kitchen fit-out. They were clean, tidy, punctual, and worked diligently to get the job done. We will definitely use them again for future projects and highly recommend them. Thanks George, Steve, Rob & Team!
Daniel Butterfield
Daniel Butterfield
30 April 2023
Easy to do business with. George replaced 13 panels and tied up the existing ones. The fences they fitted look great and the job was completed in a day. Great work đź‘Ť
Kim Garnett
Kim Garnett
16 April 2023
George, Steve and Rob have made our dream home a reality. Extensive works delivered to the highest standard included, ground work, demolition of external walls and fitting RSJ, all manner of internal works including first and final fix electrics and plumbing and decorating. Throughout the process they have been professional and friendly, hardworking, proactive and clean. We would highly recommend Birch and Son to anyone.
paul prasanta
paul prasanta
1 April 2023
It is my heartfelt pleasure to admit that Birch & Son is a 'A team'. Very punctual, well mannered, respectful and finished with a very tidy job. Their quality of workmanship is of superior quality- just excellent.
Thomas Cole
Thomas Cole
21 July 2022
Birch & Son are really good and we would recommend them to anybody else in the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire area. They are friendly, hard-working, reliable, punctual and the quality of their work is excellent. We had two bathrooms renovated by them in June/July 2022 and we are very happy with the results. We will definitely be using them again in the future.
George O'Brien
George O'Brien
14 April 2022
An amazing company. I have complete confidence that the work requested is price correctly and reasonable. That the quality of workmanship is excellent. When on site they follow H&S to the letter and alway send any Risk and Method statements in advance. The site teams are professional and polite and always clean up after the works are completed. Finally the aftercare is second to none. Totally recommend Birch & Son to any one.
Amy Craig
Amy Craig
21 August 2021
Birch & Son recently completed a small project in our home, opening up our fireplace and installing a new doorway. They were professional and understood our vision for what we wanted. They are friendly and approachable, and after a previous bad experience with tradesmen we have been impressed with their work ethic. Will be definitely going back to Steve, George and the team in future and would recommend to anyone!
katie Toyer
katie Toyer
12 July 2021
Amazing! They did a remodel of our entire downstairs living space. This included opening up a wall, blocking up a door way, reconfigured our existing kitchen units, built a new feature bannister, fitted all new lights and radiators plus painting and decorating. The work is perfect and we are delighted! They cleaned up every evening and made sure the space was usable throughout. Really nice guys and felt at ease having them here doing the work.
Rod Latham
Rod Latham
27 March 2021
Steve and George conducted an extensive renovation of our main bedroom and landing, and then remodelled our front garden with a new wall and patio. On both occasions, we found them to be friendly, professional, and competitively priced, working constructively with us to discuss issues when they arose so we could understand our choices and agree on solutions. They delivered to a high standard, and went to considerable lengths to keep the mess and disruption to a minimum. I would highly recommend them for minor or major building works.
Recent building & renovation work

Please see below for a selection of our recent building projects in Bedfordshire.

SEE MORE OF OUR WORK

WHEN QUALITY COUNTS

Our work is carried out to the highest standard, without cutting corners. We are passionate about delivering great solutions and do the very best that we can to exceed customers’ expectations.

We are happy to discuss your building project ideas and will offer a free no-obligation estimate.

GET IN TOUCH TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT