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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create an open-plan space
Creating more of an open-plan feel to your home can maximise the space you already have. Here are some tips on how to start to achieve this.
Wellington renovation builders
Limited space for new builds in the city, plus a solid base of older homes that need modernising or re-modelling, makes Wellington a renovators dream.
Dunedin renovation builders
Dunedin’s distinctive climate and architecture offers renovators the chance to create distinctive homes. But although the city’s built heritage is dramatic and elegant, homes can also be cold. Many houses are under insulated, damp and pretty miserable, with residents living in cold, unpleasant conditions.