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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 choose the right paint colour for your roof in New Zealand

How to choose the right paint colour for your roof in New Zealand

Painting expert, Jon Ferris from Citywide Decorators provides advice for choosing a roof paint colour in New Zealand.

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How to choose the right paint colour for your roof in New Zealand
Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand

Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand

Hamish Aitken, Managing Director of Premier Insulation, answers how you can get fresh air into your house without opening lots of windows and losing valuable heat.

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Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand
Bathroom mixers to suit your style

Bathroom mixers to suit your style

When it comes time to putting those final touches to your bathroom renovation, the options can be overwhelming. To make life a bit easier for you, we’ve put together a list of mixers – from classic to quirky and fun – that will hopefully make this final process a bit more fun.

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Bathroom mixers to suit your style
Stylish and functional bathtub options

Stylish and functional bathtub options

We’ve compiled a list of bathtub options that take into account both style and space. Which one would you choose for your next bathroom renovation?

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Stylish and functional bathtub options
Bathroom vanity options in New Zealand

Bathroom vanity options in New Zealand

Whether you want to go for a simple look with a minimalistic feel, or you are heading towards a bold or detailed impression – we have compiled a selection of vanities to help you choose something that will create a bathroom that’s right for you.

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Bathroom vanity options in New Zealand
Standard measurements to consider when planning your bathroom renovation

Standard measurements to consider when planning your bathroom renovation

The bathroom varies in shape and size from house to house, depending on what space is available. Take a look at our guide to find out the common fixture measurements you need to allow for when planning your bathroom renovation.

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Standard measurements to consider when planning your bathroom renovation
Standard measurements to consider when planning your next kitchen renovation

Standard measurements to consider when planning your next kitchen renovation

A great way to start when planning the design of your kitchen is to know the standard dimensions to allow for a basic layout. Here is a simple guide of measurements for you to consider.

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Standard measurements to consider when planning your next kitchen renovation
Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home

Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home

Annie Sloan, decorative paint expert from Annie Sloan Paints suggest revamping older furniture with Chalk Paint to make them fresh and bright.

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Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home
Why hire a renovation builder for your home renovation rather than a new house builder

Why hire a renovation builder for your home renovation rather than a new house builder

At the outset of any renovation project, it’s important to ensure you are aiming for the best, most cost-efficient and high-quality outcome possible. Part of that means choosing a specialist renovation builder who understands the job at hand and has the expert knowledge to see it through and deliver the project on time and on budget.

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Why hire a renovation builder for your home renovation rather than a new house builder
Wireless home lighting solutions in New Zealand

Wireless home lighting solutions in New Zealand

You no longer have any excuse for leaving the lights on in the house. Now you can control your lights at home from your smart device. From setting timers right through to using colourful hues to notify you when you receive an email – we have put together some of our favourites.

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Wireless home lighting solutions in New Zealand
Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems

Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems

We have got some product features that will be sure to make your family feels safe whether in or out of the home. So in those moments when you’re driving along and your stomach drops because you can’t recall whether you locked the door or even worse, left the heater on – you can rest easy knowing you can check everything from your phone.
 

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Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems
The best smart home controllers, for your smart home devices

The best smart home controllers, for your smart home devices

With so many smart home devices, it can be hard to keep track of which gadget does what. To make life a bit easier, we’ve compiled some of the best home controllers to make managing your devices that much easier.  

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The best smart home controllers, for your smart home devices
Must have smart home comforts

Must have smart home comforts

Renovating is the perfect time to consider installing smart home devices to make living easier. Technology through the Internet of things is not only improving efficiency in the home, but also creating a safer environment. We provide options that are out there in the market for smart home comfort.

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Must have smart home comforts
Buying to renovate for investment in New Zealand

Buying to renovate for investment in New Zealand

Authorised Financial Adviser, Deborah Carlyon outlines the important changes coming to tax laws on home investment properties in New Zealand.

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Buying to renovate for investment in New Zealand
Decorating with mirrors

Decorating with mirrors

Mirrors are not only beautiful, but functional too - serving a purpose in every home. Interior designer Donna White tells us how to decorate the home with mirrors.

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Decorating with mirrors
Hamilton renovation builders

Hamilton renovation builders

Hamilton has a lot to offer to renovators – many of the homes have character appeal, they’re generally on reasonably generous sections and they’re close to good schooling, the university and the CBD. 

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Hamilton renovation builders