1930s House, Hertfordshire

This four-bedroom 1930s semi-detached house in St. Albans, Hertfordshire underwent a complete refurbishment, including a single storey extension to the back of the house to create a bigger dining area, and connect it to the kitchen and living room. The open-plan layout is now perfect for families, who are also attracted to the area by the many good schools and parks.

The kitchen was very dated and the units were falling apart. After the extension was added, a new handle-less kitchen with gloss cabinet units was installed. The gloss units are essential in helping to reflect light in the original part of the kitchen, which is now slightly darker with the addition of the new extension. The off-white composite quartz worktop looks smart and completed the polished look.

The guest bathroom and ensuite were completely refurbished using earthy and dark toned tiles. They were then dressed to achieve the relaxing and luxurious Hotel Spa look.

The bedroom had pink carpet, flora wallpaper and matching flora lampshade. The room was transformed and modernised by painting the walls in a misty warm blue colour by Dulux, replacing the carpet and dressing the bed with good quality linens, co-ordinated cushions and throw. The transformation was inexpensive but with careful planning and well-chosen style and design, the result was impressive to create a show home effect.