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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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Helping Kiwis with Wet Area Renovations

Helping Kiwis with Wet Area Renovations

Saniflo provides  innovative plumbing solutions that allow you to create your dream bathroom, kitchen, laundry and granny flat anywhere and without major plumbing work. These out-of-the-box, ready to install solutions cut down on installation time and cost and make the renovation process that much easier.

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Helping Kiwis with Wet Area Renovations
Beyond Tiles Instant Waterproof Walls Are Now CodeMark Certified

Beyond Tiles Instant Waterproof Walls Are Now CodeMark Certified

Beyond Tiles Instant waterproof walls have gained the recognition of the Codemark product certification, read more about it here.

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Beyond Tiles Instant Waterproof Walls Are Now CodeMark Certified
Converting a garage into a living space in NZ

Converting a garage into a living space in NZ

If you want to add more living space to your home without extending the floorplan, then you’ve thought about converting your garage into a living area. In this article, we will go through some of the key questions to ask before getting your hands dirty.

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Converting a garage into a living space in NZ
Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey

Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey

There is just something special about the Greek islands. Get inspired by the Cycladic characteristics, whether you are renovating your living space, bathroom or bedroom.

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Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey
Recladding A Villa Costs & Options

Recladding A Villa Costs & Options

The original Kiwi villa has proved incredibly enduring, but if it’s time to re-clad, what kind of budget are you looking at?

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Recladding A Villa Costs & Options
How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit

How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit

The kitchen can be a make-or-break for potential buyers, so if you’re looking to sell in the future you must read this article. 

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How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit
Renovation Regrets & How To Avoid Them

Renovation Regrets & How To Avoid Them

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, which is why we’ve pulled together some of the most common renovation regrets to help you avoid making them yourself.

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Renovation Regrets & How To Avoid Them
What are the restrictions when building a garage?

What are the restrictions when building a garage?

Building a garage, while a relatively simple process, can accumulate some cost depending on the level of consent required. Read this guide before starting your renovation project.

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What are the restrictions when building a garage?
The Renovation Consent Process

The Renovation Consent Process

Finding a house that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but, for a growing number of homeowners, the solution is to stay put and embark on a renovation project to create their dream home.

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The Renovation Consent Process
Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Entrance areas are often an overlooked space in the home. Find out how to make this space functional in addition to welcoming you and your guests home.

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Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming
Living Room Style & Accessories Guide

Living Room Style & Accessories Guide

The living room is the most lively and lived in part of the home. Make sure it tells your unique story with the right colours and accessories to suit your style.

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Living Room Style & Accessories Guide
Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

As the kitchen is one of the most used places in the home – picking out what style and direction you want to take is a big decision. We’ve made it easy for you by putting together four of our favourite signature kitchen styles that each have their own personality. From modern and sleek to rustic and homely – which one would you choose?

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Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from
Why are Micro Homes trending?

Why are Micro Homes trending?

Whether you love or hate the idea of downsizing, a micro-life presents a revolution in thinking about how and why we live the way we do.

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Why are Micro Homes trending?
How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

Wouldn’t it be great to fuel up at home? With rapid advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, it is prudent for any renovator today to future proof their garage with a dedicated EV charging circuit. Turning your garage into a filling station is an easy thing to achieve.

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How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?
How to Eco Renovate Your Home

How to Eco Renovate Your Home

Renovating is a great time to ‘eco check’ your house. We’ve compiled a list of products that can make your home more efficient and healthier for you and the environment.

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How to Eco Renovate Your Home
Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces

Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces

Giving some extra thought to the arrangement of your laundry can save you from a major layout let down for years to come. Luckily Matt Taylor from Boston Wardrobes has five tips to share with us on how to create a well functioning laundry space.

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Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces