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Going up? Going out? Going open-plan? There are many different ways to add that much-needed space, and totally transform the way you live. The team at Refresh Renovations will work with you to come up with the best design, and most cost-effective solution, for your situation. In the meantime, browse our articles for more tips and inspiration.

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Victorian home renovations

Victorian home renovations

A landmark of British architecture dotted around inner cities from north to south and west to east, Victorian terrace homes make up a large proportion of the UK property market. There are countless opportunities for renovating and injecting light and colour into your terrace.

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Victorian home renovations
Renovating an Old Colonial Regency style home

Renovating an Old Colonial Regency style home

It’s almost 200 years since the heyday for Old Colonial Regency style homes in Australia. Nearly two centuries on, these classically proportioned, elegant homes are prized and many are heritage listed. This is what you should keep in mind when thinking of renovating a house from this era.

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Renovating an Old Colonial Regency style home
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
United outdoors

United outdoors

With an operable skin allowing it to breathe, admit or block light, and respond to environment and circumstance, this renovation offers a lively take on the idea of occupying the threshold between interior and exterior.

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United outdoors
Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life

Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the modern mantra reminding us to limit the amount of waste we create and to live as sustainably as we can.  For most of us, the items we reuse and recycle are small – jam jars, milk containers and weekend newspapers. So perhaps it’s time to think about reducing, reusing and recycling on a much larger scale. How about applying the same principle to buildings?

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Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life
In depth

In depth

With an expanding family unit and a tight property market in London, this couple opted to tackle a renovation of a dilapidated terrace villa with the view to creating a modern, family home.

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In depth
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
Toy story

Toy story

Function came first when the team at Austin Maynard Architects designed the same level extension of a terraced weatherboard home in Australia. But that didn’t mean that form was neglected – quite the contrary.

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Toy story
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
Modern home renovations in the UK

Modern home renovations in the UK

Contemporary homes come in many shapes and sizes – in every town and city up and down the country. In some cases renovating modern UK houses is about a simple facelift or refresh, in other cases it is about adjusting the layout or extending usable living space. 

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Modern home renovations in the UK
Renovating a pavilion style home

Renovating a pavilion style home

In the mid-20th Century, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, the renowned German architect, set the trend for pavilion style homes in Australia. These are typically cube-shaped, have a single slanting roof and are oriented and glazed to make the most of their surroundings.

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Renovating a pavilion style home
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
Black magic

Black magic

Nestled in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, restoration ignites functionality with stylish trends trans-forming an old farm house to a slice of black timber magic.

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Black magic
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?
Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property

Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property

Glenn Murcutt is among Australia’s most acclaimed architects. Read about what he’s most known for as well as the importance of passive design.  

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Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property

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