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.
The Importance of Early Decision Making
When it comes to bathroom renovations, there's a lot plan! The Tile Depot shares their top planning and product tips with Refresh.
How to conduct an energy audit on your home
Stop energy bills stop burning a hole in your pocket. Summer is the perfect season to complete a home energy audit; there’s a year’s worth of power bills stacked up so you can see exactly what you’ve spent, and the longer daylight hours provide the time to complete a range of minor alterations.
GENIE: Pleasure at any Pressure
American Standard has launched the award-winning GENIE pressure booster hand shower to cope with low water pressure.
Make a small space feel big
Lack of space is one of the most common issues people face in their homes. Fortunately, when working with your existing space, it is possible to make it feel bigger – here are some ideas.
How to Create a Hamptons Style Home
A Hamptons style home is a celebration of refined seaside relaxation; a haven to gather family, entertain friends and reconnect with the healing ocean ions.
Renovation Hacks for small apartments
Creative hacks in construction and renovation can make all the difference to turning your tiny space into the perfect amount of space, just by thinking a little more creatively.
A beginner’s guide to bathrooms
The bathroom is one of the highest traffic areas in any home. It is one of the most expensive yet least changed rooms in the house to remodel, so money well spent today will mean savings in the long term.
Cooking Good: A beginners guide to kitchens
Are you starting to put ideas together for a kitchen renovation? In this article, writer David Burgess provides advice on why kitchen renovations are so important to get right and how to create a kitchen plan that will work beautifully for your lifestyle.
Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home
How well do you know your roof? If words like jerkinhead, saltbox, cross-hipped and sawtooth are new to you…then you’re about to discover a whole new world. Those are just some of the names you might come across when planning your roof renovation project. In this article, we give an overview of some different design options, along with their pros and cons.
What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?
What should be considered, both pre-renovation and post-renovation, when it comes to styling?
A Glossary pre-millennium of House Styles
Writer Jason Burgess takes us through a timeline of New Zealand architecture, from simple cottages through to modern builds.
Villa Woes: turning your rundown villa into a wow home
Would you describe your villa as charming but missing something? Many villas are just a diamond in the rough waiting to be brought back to life. Get inspired here...
Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition
Demolition disaster stories are common, but is there a way of avoiding disaster before embarking on the demolition phase of your home?
Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?
A great ventilation system, such as Unovent brings fresh, dry air into your home pushing out damp foul air efficiently and quietly from the home, creating a healthy home environment
The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager
If the hero of a classic Western is the good-looking cowboy who rides in on horseback, the hero of any building site is the project manager. Convinced you’d do a better job than a project manager? Here are a few reasons why you’re wrong.
Adding value to your property – what to consider?
If you want to get the best return possible on your property, there are a few straightforward ways to add value - without breaking the bank. In this article, we show you a few budget-friendly ways to get started.