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.
Lighting: what to consider when renovating?
Find out how to create moments within each space by highlighting specific features and creating the right mood - through lighting.
Why should I choose a shipping container home?
Container homes are an attractive option for many reasons. We will explain why shipping container homes are so popular and what you should know before buying or renovating one.
Risks of open plan living
“Open plan living” is a phrase you hear on every reality television show and see on the front of every living magazine, but is it really all that it’s made out to be?
Container homes vs tiny homes
Tiny houses have been growing in popularity with New Zealanders over the past few years. They offer affordable, personalised living that you can take on the road or base on a section of land. They also fit into the increasingly attractive minimalist lifestyle. But are they superior to container homes?
Interior Renovation Checklist
Get clear on your renovation ideas using our interior checklist.
The benefits of the design-build process
The “design-build” model comparatively, has the client, builder and architect all work together from the very start of a design to complete the client’s vision based on a set budget.
Creating a functional laundry
Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a laundry that looks good and works hard every day of the week.
What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?
Whether you're a homeowner ready to make some updates or a potential first-time homebuyer, the recent cuts to the OCR could mean big things for your situation.
Tips for Residential Lighting
The following are some functional aspects to consider for residential lighting when considering how to light various rooms in your house.
Make over your money, before you make over your home
So, you have big plans - a spacious new kitchen, a luxe new bathroom, a stylish new bedroom, or maybe all of the above. The next step is figuring out how on earth to pay for it all.
Style VS Trends - Kitchen Benchtops
Style doesn’t date. And classic should not be confused with a traditional look. It can represent modern.
Creating a functional bathroom
Whether it’s a family bathroom or your renovating for retirement, our checklist takes you through what you need to know.
50 Shades of Beige
Beige is in. It’s safe. Easier to choose yourself. And it meets the needs of most customers.
Bathroom Renovations - Why You Should Hire an Expert
Bathrooms are one of the most commonly renovated rooms in houses. They are also one of the most susceptible to cost and time overruns. Unfortunately, self-managing them likely will run into time and cost overruns, and poor-quality finishing.
Deciding who should renovate your home
Find out what to look for in a renovations company when you are considering renovating your home.