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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.

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Feature wall design ideas

Feature wall design ideas

Decade's ago the words ‘Feature Wall’ struck a nerve with interior designers and homeowners alike, conjuring images of azure blue and terracotta sponge effect combinations, popular in the 80s and 90s. Fast forward to today, and feature walls have become a go-to option for adding colour and pattern to homes, in a more modern and sympathetic context.  

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Feature wall design ideas
How to maximise your kitchen storage space

How to maximise your kitchen storage space

Many of us don't have the luxury of a large designer kitchen to effortlessly turn out the most impressive of culinary delights. In fact, if you have inherited an original old home in its original state, it's likely you have inherited a small kitchen too.

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How to maximise your kitchen storage space
All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

Lofts are generally big and empty, but a visionary homeowner can transform an extraordinary blank canvas into something truly unique.

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All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment
Tips when renovating an apartment

Tips when renovating an apartment

These must-know tips will help you sidestep the pitfalls that can come with renovating an apartment before anything goes wrong.

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Tips when renovating an apartment
The importance of interior design

The importance of interior design

A new addition prompts some serious action by our serial renovator, who has experienced first hand the benefit of calling in a renovation specialist.

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The importance of interior design
A modern bathroom makeover in Wanganui

A modern bathroom makeover in Wanganui

A small and outdated bathroom is stripped back to make a clean slate for a brand new modern bathroom - all without requiring a building consent. Find out why.

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A modern bathroom makeover in Wanganui
Bathroom styles

Bathroom styles

Whatever the weather, the bathroom provides a retreat after a long day. Bathroom styles are not only changing, they are also bridging the gap from modern and classic, but especially the old and new.

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Bathroom styles
An open kitchen renovation in Parnell

An open kitchen renovation in Parnell

A variety of materials and finishes come together to create a refurbished kitchen and bathroom that brighten up the home.

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An open kitchen renovation in Parnell
A villa transformation in Ponsonby

A villa transformation in Ponsonby

A well-planned renovation turns a classic villa into a modern, open and light space while staying true to its original style.

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A villa transformation in Ponsonby
Window insulation options that can save you money

Window insulation options that can save you money

Installing effective window insulation can be pricey, but investing smart from the start will save you money and increase the value of your property.

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Window insulation options that can save you money
Home heating

Home heating

Are you into modern gas fireplaces? Or do you prefer old-fashioned wood-burning fire? In this column, Duncan Stuart shares his experiences with home heating.

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Home heating
A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

This state house renovation promised an open and modern but eminently functional home. The result is the perfect reflection of the owners’ shared aesthetic and is now a three-storey design showpiece.

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A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera
FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster

FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster’s subtly textured, lustrous finish epitomises timeless elegance. Here is all you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster.

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FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster
Concrete flooring and its benefits

Concrete flooring and its benefits

There was a time when having an exposed concrete floor might have prompted your friends to chip in and buy you a carpet, assuming that you couldn’t afford to buy one yourself. How times have changed…

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Concrete flooring and its benefits
Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?

Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?

NERO is the affordable, scalable and wireless automation solution from PDL by Schneider Electric that allows you to create a smart home one switch at a time. Your smart phone or tablet becomes the control interface for all your connected devices, seamlessly merging lifestyle and technology into one.

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Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?
How to maintain your property in the winter

How to maintain your property in the winter

Property maintenance is always important, but it becomes paramount during winter. These are our top tips for maintaining and adding value to your home this season.

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How to maintain your property in the winter