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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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Checking for asbestos in your home in New Zealand

Checking for asbestos in your home in New Zealand

Rick Peebles from Asbestos Solutions provides advice on how to check your home for asbestos.

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Checking for asbestos in your home in New Zealand
How to make dirty grout clean

How to make dirty grout clean

Mike Syddall from The Tile Depot explains how to make your dirty grout clean.

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How to make dirty grout clean
Should I engage an architect for my renovation?

Should I engage an architect for my renovation?

For many Kiwis, our home is our biggest investment. Home is where dreams are dreamed, families are born and memories are created. When home renovations are on the cards, then, it’s important to get them right first time – because there’s a lot at stake.

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Should I engage an architect for my renovation?
Christchurch renovation builders

Christchurch renovation builders

In Christchurch rebuilding the cityscape is well underway and new suburbs are popping up all over the place. But when it comes to renovating, planning isn’t quite as straightforward as it is in other parts of the country.

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Christchurch renovation builders
A solution for your flickering lights

A solution for your flickering lights

Luke Nutting, owner of Lightforce Electrical, provides a solution for the pesky problem of flickering lights.

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A solution for your flickering lights
Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is it background or foreground, art or decoration, vulgar or respectable, a substitute, or the real thing, questions Donna White.

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Is wallpaper right for your room?
Renovating in Auckland

Renovating in Auckland

While renovating rather than buying is becoming increasingly popular, Auckland homeowners should thoroughly investigate their options to avoid potential pitfalls.

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Renovating in Auckland
How to choose the right paint colour for your roof in New Zealand

How to choose the right paint colour for your roof in New Zealand

Painting expert, Jon Ferris from Citywide Decorators provides advice for choosing a roof paint colour in New Zealand.

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How to choose the right paint colour for your roof in New Zealand
Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand

Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand

Hamish Aitken, Managing Director of Premier Insulation, answers how you can get fresh air into your house without opening lots of windows and losing valuable heat.

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Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand
Bathroom mixers to suit your style

Bathroom mixers to suit your style

When it comes time to putting those final touches to your bathroom renovation, the options can be overwhelming. To make life a bit easier for you, we’ve put together a list of mixers – from classic to quirky and fun – that will hopefully make this final process a bit more fun.

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Bathroom mixers to suit your style
Stylish and functional bathtub options

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?

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Stylish and functional bathtub options
Bathroom vanity options in New Zealand

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.

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Bathroom vanity options in New Zealand
Measure Me Right: Bathrooms & Laundries

Measure Me Right: Bathrooms & Laundries

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 and laundry renovation.

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Measure Me Right: Bathrooms & Laundries
Standard measurements to consider when planning your next kitchen 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.

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Standard measurements to consider when planning your next kitchen renovation
Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home

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.

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Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home
Why hire a renovation builder for your home renovation rather than a new house builder

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.

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Why hire a renovation builder for your home renovation rather than a new house builder