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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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How to improve your bathroom on a budget

How to improve your bathroom on a budget

Starting from only a few hundred dollars when you consider installing extractor fans or rain shower fittings through to several thousand dollars when it comes to underfloor heating or waterproof entertainment systems – there are options that improve the bathroom experience to suit every budget. Take a look at some of the best bathroom add-ons.

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How to improve your bathroom on a budget
How to renovate a rental bathroom

How to renovate a rental bathroom

Interior designer and property consultant from The House Doctor, Nadia Sakey, gives her advice on how to quickly and efficiently renovate a rental bathroom. 

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How to renovate a rental bathroom
New Zealand approvals process glossary

New Zealand approvals process glossary

The many legal requirements involved in a home renovation means there are lots of terms that need clarification. We take a look at some of the vocabulary used throughout the building consent process.

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New Zealand approvals process glossary
Renovating shipping containers into a home

Renovating shipping containers into a home

When Malcolm McLean launched his proto-shipping containers in 1956, who could have guessed that over half a century later they would become one of the most fiercely debated forms of residential architecture?

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Renovating shipping containers into a home
Design Specialists glossary

Design Specialists glossary

Taking a renovation project from dream to reality requires professionals who can transform a client’s rough sketches and wish list into a workable plan that fits within the allotted budget.

Learn about what each role means.

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Design Specialists glossary
Cladding FAQs

Cladding FAQs

Re-cladding your home can be a large investment for your home. We take a look at the major factors to consider, through answering some frequently asked questions on home re-clads.

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Cladding FAQs
How to prevent a damp, cold and mouldy home

How to prevent a damp, cold and mouldy home

New Zealand’s mild climate can trick us into thinking ‘she’ll be right’ when it comes to the warmth of our homes. But according to the latest HRV State of Home Survey1, a third of Kiwis live in cold, damp, hard-to-heat homes, and that’s bad news for our health, our homes and our wallets.

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How to prevent a damp, cold and mouldy home
Kitchen trends that can save you money

Kitchen trends that can save you money

Kitchens are a hot topic with homeowners and renovators, and for good reason. We spend a significant amount of time here…preparing food, feeding the kids, entertaining guests…it’s where it all happens. We’re taking a look at the latest trends and how you can keep your kitchen renovation costs low.

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Kitchen trends that can save you money
FAQs for a bathroom renovation in New Zealand

FAQs for a bathroom renovation in New Zealand

We’ve put together some handy bathroom renovation FAQs so that you are well informed when the time comes to making decisions around your renovation.

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FAQs for a bathroom renovation in New Zealand
Rodney renovation builders

Rodney renovation builders

It has been said that New Zealand’s weather is a bit like experiencing four seasons in one day (thanks, Crowded House). While the weather metaphor might not be accurate, the diversity one is when it comes to renovating in the Rodney district.

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Rodney renovation builders
How much electrical work are you allowed to do yourself?

How much electrical work are you allowed to do yourself?

Kiwis are big fans of DIY but when it comes to electrical work it’s best to be informed on what work you can do before it’s too late. Matt Slater, Director at EAV answers how far you can go with your DIY electrical work.

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How much electrical work are you allowed to do yourself?
How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation

How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation

David Wright, Growth Manager at Junk Run Ltd, answers how you can re-use and recycle a lot of the materials from your renovation.

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How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation
How to design a kitchen in a small space

How to design a kitchen in a small space

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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How to design a kitchen in a small space
The A to Z of financial knowledge

The A to Z of financial knowledge

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, highlights how most money blunders can be avoided by learning about financial matters early on – it’s as easy as ABC.

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The A to Z of financial knowledge
How to prevent borer

How to prevent borer

When it comes to the integrity of your home, preventing borer, which can promote wood rot, is a major factor that needs to be addressed. David Birttain, Technical Support Manager at Kiwicare Corporation Ltd, answers how you can prevent borer attacks.

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How to prevent borer
Tiled vs acrylic showers

Tiled vs acrylic showers

Showers are an essential component of any bathroom. While baths may be seen as the glamour option when it comes to luxuriant bathing, contemporary showers can also bring a splash of style to your bathing areas.

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Tiled vs acrylic showers