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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 maximize your ensuite bathroom space

How to maximize your ensuite bathroom space

The expectation that every master bedroom must have an ensuite has helped push real estate values to a new level, states Nadia Sakey.

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How to maximize your ensuite bathroom space
The great Australian avocado incident

The great Australian avocado incident

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, responds to the social media storm created by a recent column in The Australian newspaper that suggested millennials save the money spent on ‘smashed avocado’ and buy a house instead. 

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The great Australian avocado incident
Maximise storage in your kitchen

Maximise storage in your kitchen

Designer Kristen Reid advises renovators on how to maximise storage and minimise clutter in the kitchen to create a clean, minimalist look. 

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Maximise storage in your kitchen
Tauranga renovation builders

Tauranga renovation builders

The city of Tauranga embodies all the qualities one might expect from a region known as the Bay of Plenty. With its sweeping arc of ocean beach, restful harbour, high sunshine hours and close proximity to so many North Island main centres, it is no wonder that this is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

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Tauranga renovation builders
Local authorities glossary

Local authorities glossary

Depending on the scope of a build or renovation project, different local authorities may have to be involved. Learn more about their power, duties and responsibilities. 

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Local authorities glossary
Choosing a kitchen splashback

Choosing a kitchen splashback

Commercial director of Image Glass, Gina Collins, provides advice to renovators on how to choose a kitchen splashback that functions as a feature piece in your kitchen while also being practical.

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Choosing a kitchen splashback
Creating a seamless easy-to-use kitchen

Creating a seamless easy-to-use kitchen

Designer Maggie Gardner gives her advice on ways to create well-planned, functional kitchens where the whole family can work together. 

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Creating a seamless easy-to-use kitchen
Franklin renovation builders

Franklin renovation builders

Auckland meets Waikato in Franklin, a largely rural region that stretches from the wild-wet Awhitu Peninsular to the soporific Firth of Thames. Famed for its rich soils and plentiful sunshine, agriculture is Franklin’s backbone. Yet even farmers like some luxuries and big city sophistication mixes easy with the rarefied country air.

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Franklin renovation builders
Project management glossary

Project management glossary

Coming to terms with who’s who on a renovation project can be confusing, particularly as many of the job descriptions applied to occupations in the construction and building industries cross over, with different ‘titles’ requiring similar areas of expertise.

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Project management glossary
Indoor/outdoor flow ideas

Indoor/outdoor flow ideas

Summer’s in the air and al fresco get-togethers with family and friends are on the agenda. Having a coordinated indoor-outdoor flow in your home will make it easier to entertain, and creates a spacious chill-out space for you and your loved ones. Here are some ideas on how to set up your ideal indoor-outdoor haven.

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Indoor/outdoor flow ideas
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