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.
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, an area where both form and function reign supreme particularly when it comes to the ‘tub’. Once an essential for cleansing, nowadays the bath itself represents a form of time out and escapism and, as such, demands a design style that makes a statement.
We graduate from traditional tile style and delve deep into the depths of modern mosaics and maximalist interiors. With the re-birth of industrial living, the household tile in interior living is bigger and better than ever, with more than meets the eye at every small square or hexagonal brick.
When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.
Indoor outdoor flow
In this column from the Last Word series, Ducan Stuart talks about his experience creating indoor outdoor flow and comments on its common issues.
Renovating a student flat
Owning a student flat can be both a rewarding and challenging investment. Considering how and when to renovate that student flat is another thing. If you’re thinking of upgrading your student flat, there are various things to consider when your investment property is tenanted by students.
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions.
Bathroom planning checklist
Before you start your renovation, you have to ask yourself a few questions to make sure the end result is your dream bathroom. Here’s a wish-list to help kick start your planning.
Renovating state houses
Renovating a typical state house -that piece of New Zealand history which any Kiwi will recognise- can be both a challenge and a rewarding experience.
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.