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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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Micro-kitchen ideas with style

Micro-kitchen ideas with style

Kitchen design trends focus on simple honest materials, soft colourways and smart solutions for everyday needs. Designing a small kitchen encompasses all those ideals and more.

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Micro-kitchen ideas with style
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
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 reinvented

Renovating reinvented

Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.

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Renovating reinvented
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