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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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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?
Winter property maintenance

Winter property maintenance

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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Winter property maintenance
Living pavilion

Living pavilion

Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.

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Living pavilion
Prime property

Prime property

It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.

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Prime property
Kitchen sink saga

Kitchen sink saga

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his latest experience with a kitchen renovation and reflects on how good communication needs to be at the heart of every project.

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Kitchen sink saga
Kids korner

Kids korner

Rooms for little ones are an important space to think about when designing and decorating, as children grow up so fast. We take a look at four gorgeous and clever bedroom ideas. 

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Kids korner
The story of stuff

The story of stuff

Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading or simply changing the style of your home, decluttering your abode is an essential step in setting the scene, sparking creative ideas and taking the stress out of your renovation.

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The story of stuff
Not your usual villa renovation

Not your usual villa renovation

Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.

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Not your usual villa renovation
Home gym

Home gym

Many covet the convenience of a home gym, where you can retreat and motivate yourself to keep in shape. As you will read in this article, it can be surprisingly simple to set one up if you’re thinking of converting a garage or room within the house.  

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Home gym
70s fling

70s fling

Danielle Brayne and Sean Thompson didn’t have to look far when they renovated the bathroom of their Auckland home. They called on Sean’s sister, interior designer Lily Brooke Thompson of Ewing & Co, who waved her creative wand over the tired, 70s-inspired space.

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70s fling
How important is sustainable design in the home?

How important is sustainable design in the home?

Refresh Renovations specialist Tim Walters, advises home owners on the importance of sustainable design in the home and the options available when renovating.  

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How important is sustainable design in the home?
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