Dunedin Home Renovation Builders

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Dunedin is a stronghold of Scottish culture, a student Mecca and nature lover’s paradise all in one. While albatrosses and yellow-eyed penguins are nesting on the nearby peninsular, the city of Dunedin covers a greater area that includes part of the peninsular and the main land. There are many great examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture but the general housing stock is made up of more modern and contemporary buildings.

Sharon and John Alipate have made it their mission to renovate houses of all types for clients in this region. As a Refresh Renovations franchise they focus on quality of craftsmanship, a structured and efficient process and good communication. Because of this approach, Refresh is the go to renovation provider for many New Zealanders. The franchise group has completed over a thousand renovations in Aotearoa alone, ranging from large scale extensions and remodels through to small projects such as bathroom and kitchen makeovers. John and Sharon are registered with Master Builders and offer a 10-year guarantee on their work.

The local climate with cold and damp winters means that many older homes can benefit greatly from new or improved insulation and heating solutions. The specialist renovation consultants at Refresh can advise on available materials and options, and help you work out what suits your home best. It’s also worth paying attention to your home’s roofing style and materials, to ensure you live in a dry and healthy house. Depending on your requirements, you can choose to do as little or as much to your house as is practical at the time. It’s even possible to plan your renovation in stages.

It’s crucial to work out the different options and generate concept ideas early on. Refresh’s 5-step process supports homeowners in this undertaking. Step 1 encompasses the briefing and initial consultation. It’s about working out the details of your requirements and exploring value-for-money options. From there, step 2 provides you with architectural concept drawings and a closer look at the feasibility of your project. This is a good time to make decisions with regards to what your budget allows. At this stage, it is still comparatively easy and cost-effective to make changes. The next phase will give you working drawings and a detailed costing. Stage 4 is the build phase and leads to stage 5, your finished home.

John combines his background in hotel and restaurant management with his experience and qualifications in the building industry to successfully manage renovation projects from beginning to completion. As project manager, he is your one point of contact and takes all the stress and hassle out of a renovation project. You will be able to stay in the loop by accessing Refresh Renovations one-of-a-kind project management software where the project timeline and progress updates and images will be available.

John has a dedicated team of building professionals that he works with, including Warwick McEwan, Daniel Mitchell, George Isaac, Daniel Johnston, Gary Mcindoe, Craig Dale, Harvey Lawrence and office administrator Trudy Lodge, who has nearly two decades’ experience in delivering excellent customer service. They cover the wider Dunedin area and ensure quality home renovations are completed on time and within budget.


Get in touch with Refresh to discuss your home renovation project

If you would like to discuss home renovation options for your next renovation project, please use the enquiry form on this page to provide us with your contact details. We will get in touch with you at a time that suits you to discuss your project. If you would like to provide us with more information about your project, we have a more comprehensive enquiry form on our "Get in touch" page too.


Hillside Rd, Caversham, Dunedin 9012