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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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Higher house valuations encourage renovators

Higher house valuations encourage renovators

House values continued to rise over 2014. Deborah Carlyon explains why higher house valuations are encouraging existing home owners to renovate.

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Higher house valuations encourage renovators
Colour trends 2015

Colour trends 2015

The choices for colour are limitless. Resene takes us through the range of popular shades in colours that are popping up in home colour schemes currently.

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Colour trends 2015
A healthy home

A healthy home

Find out what makes a home healthy and how your renovation choices could affect your family’s wellbeing, plus save on utility bills.

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A healthy home
Do you need council consent for a bathroom renovation?

Do you need council consent for a bathroom renovation?

Bathroom renovations can be tricky when considering whether council consent is needed. Brian Johns from Refresh Design provides some factors to think about when you are about to renovate your bathroom.

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Do you need council consent for a bathroom renovation?
Cooking solutions with Bosch

Cooking solutions with Bosch

We are proud to introduce your kitchen savior – introducing the Bosch Series 8 oven; with a seamless design and stress-free cooking.

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Cooking solutions with Bosch
Controlling your home wirelessly

Controlling your home wirelessly

We’re seeing relentless advances in wi-fi technology, apps, smartphones, tablets and smart watches. It would appear that the age of The Jetsons – who lived in a push-button, robotically-aided and wireless future – has finally arrived.

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Controlling your home wirelessly
Glass options to brighten your home

Glass options to brighten your home

Glass doesn’t have to be restricted to windows. We bring you glass trends that will not only brighten up rooms, but will also bring a contemporary and modern look to your home.

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Glass options to brighten your home
Minimalism or maximilism

Minimalism or maximilism

Do you prefer clean simple lines, or do you believe in using every decorative item you love in the room? Or are you in the middle?

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Minimalism or maximilism
Garage storage solutions

Garage storage solutions

With storage space in many modern homes being sacrificed on the altar of larger living areas, maximising what is available becomes even more important.

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Garage storage solutions
Timber floor preparation

Timber floor preparation

There are three common sub-floors that you will encounter when preparing to lay down a timber floor. Endless flooring talks about them here.

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Timber floor preparation
Choosing a rangehood in New Zealand

Choosing a rangehood in New Zealand

Here are some tips from Buyrite Appliances to consider when choosing the best rangehood for your kitchen.

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Choosing a rangehood in New Zealand
Tips on child proofing your home

Tips on child proofing your home

Renovating a house is the ideal time to consider how child-friendly your home is, especially if you have young children or are expecting to add to your family.

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Tips on child proofing your home
Alfresco outdoors

Alfresco outdoors

Renovators have innumerable options for creating dream outdoor eating spaces; it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

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Alfresco outdoors
Is your house properly covered?

Is your house properly covered?

With all the changes to house insurance, you may be wondering whether you’re property is covered.

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Is your house properly covered?
Plan your home renovation and future

Plan your home renovation and future

A successful renovation requires a well thought out process with distinct stages. Deborah Carlyon provides five fresh start strategies for success and tips to achieve your goals.

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Plan your home renovation and future
Personalise your lighting at home

Personalise your lighting at home

Philips has expanded its home-connected lighting ecosystem range, Hue, with the Friends of Hue LivingColours Bloom and Friends of Hue LightStrips.

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Personalise your lighting at home