Home renovation advice
When it comes to home renovations, the Refresh team has done (and seen) it all! We’re more than happy to share our experience and expertise – and you’ll find loads of helpful articles, photos, videos and more on our website.
If you’re interested in a specific renovation topic, select from the categories below. You’re also welcome to ask in person about your potential renovation. If you’d like to talk with one of our friendly team members, please get in touch.
Against the grain
When it comes to a building material that ticks all the boxes timber is the natural choice providing warmth, character and value –while looking better with age.
Car parking solutions
Parking areas, whether residential or commercial, have, over the years, been designed almost as an afterthought – designed solely for function rather than aesthetics. What are the next few years bringing in terms of parking solutions?
The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart reflects on how renovation work can be a head-on collision between dreams and realities.
How to renovate a California bungalow
With their simple interior layout, loads of character and charm and large yards, California bungalows allow plenty of options for renovating and extending to suit modern family life.
Renovating your rental
These are your realistic options if you’re dying to renovate or make some handy additions to your rental home.
Painting Q&A: preparation and removal
Bevan Tutty, NZ Training Academy Manager at Dulux Paints advises on preparing old kitchen cupboards for painting, removing flaky ceiling paint and peeling paint from a concrete porch.
Kitchen planning checklist
Before you start your renovation, you have to ask yourself a few questions to make sure the end result is your dream kitchen. Here’s a wish-list to help kick start your planning.
Is your bathroom due for a makeover? We have the lowdown on the latest shower options and the plethora of exciting global shower trends that are currently picking up steam.
Natural stone lookalikes
Forget kitchens and bathrooms, modern and natural-looking stone tiles have found their way into most spaces within homes, including living rooms and bedrooms.
Does the weather affect your renovation plans?
Stephen Cox, renovation consultant at Refresh Renovations, tells us why the weather matters when planning a home renovation.
Ventilating your loft room
Renovation consultant Diana May, gives homeowners advice on ventilating a recently renovated loft.
How your home can contribute to your retirement plan
Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, explains why renovating a home is becoming a key part of a retirement strategy and gives some options for efficient financial planning.
Max out the minimal
The expectation that every master bedroom must have an ensuite has helped push real estate values to a new level, states Nadia Sakey.
The great Australian avocado incident
Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, responds to the social media storm created by a recent column in The Australian newspaper that suggested millennials save the money spent on ‘smashed avocado’ and buy a house instead.
Maximise storage in your kitchen
Designer Kristen Reid advises renovators on how to maximise storage and minimise clutter in the kitchen to create a clean, minimalist look.
Tauranga renovation builders
The city of Tauranga embodies all the qualities one might expect from a region known as the Bay of Plenty. With its sweeping arc of ocean beach, restful harbour, high sunshine hours and close proximity to so many North Island main centres, it is no wonder that this is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country.