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.
How to prevent a damp, cold and mouldy home
New Zealand’s mild climate can trick us into thinking ‘she’ll be right’ when it comes to the warmth of our homes. But according to the latest HRV State of Home Survey1, a third of Kiwis live in cold, damp, hard-to-heat homes, and that’s bad news for our health, our homes and our wallets.
Kitchen trends that can save you money
Kitchens are a hot topic with homeowners and renovators, and for good reason. We spend a significant amount of time here…preparing food, feeding the kids, entertaining guests…it’s where it all happens. We’re taking a look at the latest trends and how you can keep your kitchen renovation costs low.
FAQs for a bathroom renovation in New Zealand
We’ve put together some handy bathroom renovation FAQs so that you are well informed when the time comes to making decisions around your renovation.
Rodney renovation builders
It has been said that New Zealand’s weather is a bit like experiencing four seasons in one day (thanks, Crowded House). While the weather metaphor might not be accurate, the diversity one is when it comes to renovating in the Rodney district.
How much electrical work are you allowed to do yourself?
Kiwis are big fans of DIY but when it comes to electrical work it’s best to be informed on what work you can do before it’s too late. Matt Slater, Director at EAV answers how far you can go with your DIY electrical work.
How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation
David Wright, Growth Manager at Junk Run Ltd, answers how you can re-use and recycle a lot of the materials from your renovation.
How to design a kitchen in a small space
Kitchen design trends focus on simple honest materials, soft colourways and smart solutions for everyday needs. Designing a small kitchen encompasses all those ideals and more.
The A to Z of financial knowledge
Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, highlights how most money blunders can be avoided by learning about financial matters early on – it’s as easy as ABC.
How to prevent borer
When it comes to the integrity of your home, preventing borer, which can promote wood rot, is a major factor that needs to be addressed. David Birttain, Technical Support Manager at Kiwicare Corporation Ltd, answers how you can prevent borer attacks.
Tiled vs acrylic showers
Showers are an essential component of any bathroom. While baths may be seen as the glamour option when it comes to luxuriant bathing, contemporary showers can also bring a splash of style to your bathing areas.
Changes to insulation and fire alarm laws in New Zealand
Hamish Aitken, Managing Director at Premier Insulation answers how landlords can prepare for the changes to insulation and fire alarms laws in New Zealand.
Tips on how to lower your energy bill
Low energy consultant and Homestar assessor, Rob Sodeau answers what is an energy efficient home and how this can help lower your energy bill.
9 Steps To Choosing The Right Home Renovation Builder
So you’re about to embark on the biggest project of your life, why should you choose a renovation builder rather than doing it yourself, and what should you look out for?
Moves to cool the Auckland housing market
House prices continue to surge across New Zealand topping 20% for the year to 30 September 2015, an 11 year high. Unsurprisingly, Auckland leads at 29%, but the rest of the North Island is now up 16%. High Auckland prices are creating a halo effect as buyers compete for better value in Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
How to add value to your home
Renovating your home to improve its form and function for your family is one thing; essentially you’re working with a blank canvas – you have the creative freedom to do as you wish within your budget. Renovating with the intention of adding value before selling is quite another.
Manawatu renovation builders
With affordable living, short commute times, a prestigious university and exceptional recreational opportunities, the Manawatu is fast becoming an attractive prospect for those seeking a relaxed family lifestyle. As a result, many Manawatu towns have caught the renovation bug.