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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Not your usual villa renovation
Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.