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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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Wireless home lighting solutions in New Zealand

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.

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Wireless home lighting solutions in New Zealand
Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems

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.
 

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Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems
The best smart home controllers, for your smart home devices

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.  

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The best smart home controllers, for your smart home devices
Must have smart home comforts

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.

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Must have smart home comforts
Buying to renovate for investment in New Zealand

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.

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Buying to renovate for investment in New Zealand
Decorating with mirrors

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.

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Decorating with mirrors
Hamilton renovation builders

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. 

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Hamilton renovation builders
Create an open-plan space

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.

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Create an open-plan space
Wellington renovation builders

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.

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Wellington renovation builders
Get smooth industrial sliding doors

Get smooth industrial sliding doors

Architecturally designed, the Brio Open Rail range is a collection of exposed rail systems, referencing industrial style with modern, minimalist appeal.

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Get smooth industrial sliding doors
Hawkes Bay renovation builders

Hawkes Bay renovation builders

Refresh Renovations specialises in home renovations throughout the wider Hawke’s Bay. So is the east a good place to renovate? And what factors need to be addressed before renovations start? First and foremost, the region’s history needs to be taken into consideration...

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Hawkes Bay renovation builders
Bathroom sink options

Bathroom sink options

Whether on top, in-built or freestanding - we have sink options for you in a selection of materials. Which one would you pick?

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Bathroom sink options
Home regulation changes

Home regulation changes

Deborah Carlyon provides a clear understanding of financial advisors roles, runs through the current legislative changes and lets you know how you can trust the people you deal with during a renovation project.

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Home regulation changes
When To Move On With Renovation Challenges

When To Move On With Renovation Challenges

Carly moves out of what once was her  ‘forever home’ and moves into a blank canvas – starting a new adventure of home renovations.

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When To Move On With Renovation Challenges
Temporary accommodation while renovating

Temporary accommodation while renovating

Shipping containers are ideal as temporary accommodation when you are renovating because it means you can move out of your house, yet remain on site.

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Temporary accommodation while renovating
Future-proof your kitchen

Future-proof your kitchen

With more homeowners planning to ‘age in place’, the focus is increasingly on the best way to ensure convenience, comfort and safety as we look to the future. Here are some tips and advice on future-proof design when renovating your kitchen.

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Future-proof your kitchen