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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 maintain your property in the winter

How to maintain your property in the winter

Property maintenance is always important, but it becomes paramount during winter. These are our top tips for maintaining and adding value to your home this season.

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How to maintain your property in the winter
A villa makeover in Auckland

A villa makeover in Auckland

Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.

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A villa makeover in Auckland
An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.

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An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland
Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage

Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his latest experience with a kitchen renovation and reflects on how good communication needs to be at the heart of every project.

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Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage
Kid's room design ideas

Kid's room design ideas

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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Kid's room design ideas
Clever storage tricks to declutter your home

Clever storage tricks to declutter your home

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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Clever storage tricks to declutter your home
A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay

A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay

Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.

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A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay
What you need to know before building a home gym

What you need to know before building a 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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What you need to know before building a home gym
A 70s inspired bathroom makeover

A 70s inspired bathroom makeover

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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A 70s inspired bathroom makeover
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?
Top 5 bathroom styles

Top 5 bathroom styles

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, an area where both form and function reign supreme particularly when it comes to the ‘tub’. Once an essential for cleansing, nowadays the bath itself represents a form of time out and escapism and, as such, demands a design style that makes a statement.

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Top 5 bathroom styles
Tile styles to choose from

Tile styles to choose from

We graduate from traditional tile style and delve deep into the depths of modern mosaics and maximalist interiors. With the re-birth of industrial living, the household tile in interior living is bigger and better than ever, with more than meets the eye at every small square or hexagonal brick.

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Tile styles to choose from
Eco-living

Eco-living

When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.

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Eco-living
Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience

Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience

In this column from the Last Word series, Ducan Stuart talks about his experience creating indoor outdoor flow and comments on its common issues. 

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Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience
Renovating a brand new home

Renovating a brand new home

Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.

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Renovating a brand new home
Renovating a student flat

Renovating a student flat

Owning a student flat can be both a rewarding and challenging investment. Considering how and when to renovate that student flat is another thing. If you’re thinking of upgrading your student flat, there are various things to consider when your investment property is tenanted by students.

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Renovating a student flat