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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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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
Getting the most out of a small space

Getting the most out of a small space

A kitchen and bathroom proves that you can make a small space more functional with smart solutions to make it feel larger than it is.

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Getting the most out of a small space
10 steps for a perfect pantry

10 steps for a perfect pantry

Whether your pantry is palatial or pocket-sized, careful planning can make it one of the hardest working spaces in your home. Here is how you can create the perfect pantry.

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10 steps for a perfect pantry
Solar system key factors to consider

Solar system key factors to consider

Sky Solar talks about five main factors that you should look for when choosing your solar system.

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Solar system key factors to consider
Make a small space feel big

Make a small space feel big

Lack of space is one of the most common issues people face in their homes. Fortunately, when working with your existing space, it is possible to make it feel bigger – here are some ideas.  

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Make a small space feel big
Reality TV vs. real-life renovations

Reality TV vs. real-life renovations

We talk to a few people involved in the renovation process on and off the screen to find out exactly what it takes to get a renovation completed.

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Reality TV vs. real-life renovations
CoolColour paint for your home exterior

CoolColour paint for your home exterior

Choose the right colour for your home exterior with Resene’s CoolColour exterior paint, which keeps everything cool.

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CoolColour paint for your home exterior
Sustainable interior design tips

Sustainable interior design tips

The majority of people spend most of the time indoors. By going green and sustainable in your interior design, you can create a healthy living space that looks and feels good.

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Sustainable interior design tips
Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube

Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube

The importance of daylight in the home cannot be overstated. Explore different options to bring more natural light into the home.

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Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

Designing for the sun is nothing new. Indulge in some strategies while renovating your home, to learn how to get the most out of one free resource available to everyone – the sun.

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Passive solar home design
To do it yourself or pay a professional?

To do it yourself or pay a professional?

To do it yourself or pay a professional? Some home renovations are just meant to be left to the experts.

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To do it yourself or pay a professional?
Removing paint safely

Removing paint safely

Nikki Morris provides tips and advice on removing paint from your walls in a safe and healthy way.

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Removing paint safely
Contemporary bathware from Robertson

Contemporary bathware from Robertson

Find a bathware range to suit your every need with contemporary and quality features and finishes from Robertson.

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Contemporary bathware from Robertson