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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.

Show advice for: Kitchen | Bathroom | Extend | Open-plan | Flow | Loft | Re-clad | Warm up | Outdoor |

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Dive in

Dive in

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.

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Dive in
Tile temptation

Tile temptation

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.

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Tile temptation
Eco-living

Eco-living

When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.

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Eco-living
Indoor outdoor flow

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. 

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Indoor outdoor flow
Renovating a student flat

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.

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Renovating a student flat
Delicate negotiations

Delicate negotiations

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions. 

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Delicate negotiations
Bathroom planning checklist

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.

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Bathroom planning checklist
Renovating state houses

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.

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Renovating state houses
Against the grain

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.  

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Against the grain
Car parking solutions

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?

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Car parking solutions
The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old

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. 

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The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old
How to renovate a California bungalow

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.

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How to renovate a California bungalow
Renovating your rental

Renovating your rental

These are your realistic options if you’re dying to renovate or make some handy additions to your rental home. 

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Renovating your rental
Painting Q&A: preparation and removal

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. 

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Painting Q&A: preparation and removal
Kitchen planning checklist

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.

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Kitchen planning checklist
Shower fresh

Shower fresh

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.

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Shower fresh