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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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Ceiling options and ideas in New Zealand

Ceiling options and ideas in New Zealand

Whether you yearn for the old-fashioned romance of moulded plaster or something more modern and cutting-edge, there are ceiling options to meet your requirements.

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Ceiling options and ideas in New Zealand
Decorating with white

Decorating with white

The pure and pristine elegance of white can create a timeless style statement in any room of your home. We explore the opportunities white can offer in four key rooms of the house.

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Decorating with white
Planning the layout of your kitchen

Planning the layout of your kitchen

Find out some tips and tricks to planning the layout of your kitchen space to make it easier to work around.

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Planning the layout of your kitchen
Recolour aluminium joinery cost-effectively

Recolour aluminium joinery cost-effectively

If your aluminium joinery is an outdated colour, faded or just generally looking tired, recolouring your windows and doors can pull off a brand new, seamless look.

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Recolour aluminium joinery cost-effectively
Add a dual flush plate for a seamless bathroom

Add a dual flush plate for a seamless bathroom

Utilise an iPlate control/push plate; a mechanically operated, dual toilet flush plate for concealed in wall systems for a seamless easy-to-use flush toilet.

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Add a dual flush plate for a seamless bathroom
Roofing colour options

Roofing colour options

It pays to plan ahead with your colours and materials needed when painting your roof. Find out how you maximise the life span of your roof with Resene Summit Roof waterborne colours.

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Roofing colour options
Storage planning

Storage planning

From weights and exercise equipment through to board games and computer gear, we all have piles of gizmos. But where to store them all?

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Storage planning
Upcycling tips and tricks

Upcycling tips and tricks

Eco-friendly, easy on the pocket and immensely satisfying to boot, upcycling is a trend that is here to stay.

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Upcycling tips and tricks
Building Amendment Act updates

Building Amendment Act updates

We bring you up to date with the new Building Amendment Act 2013. Find out what is and isn’t allowed, and where you can source more information.

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Building Amendment Act updates
Pest management tips

Pest management tips

Rodents can be persistent pests, but with an integrated pest management approach, the problem can be effectively managed.

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Pest management tips
To renovate or relocate?

To renovate or relocate?

It’s hard to find the perfect home. Whether you’re in Auckland or Akaroa, Edgecombe or Ellerslie, in this market we all know the complications, expense and stress the purchase of a new home can bring.

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To renovate or relocate?
Innovative bathroom fixtures from Robertson

Innovative bathroom fixtures from Robertson

With a treasure trove of innovative bathroom products and fixtures, Robertson provides a collection of brands for ideas on a perfect bathroom design.

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Innovative bathroom fixtures from Robertson
Paying your taxes on time

Paying your taxes on time

We all succumb to procrastination. Find out what can benefit your home by not delaying paying your taxes.

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Paying your taxes on time
Consider solar for your home in New Zealand

Consider solar for your home in New Zealand

Installing solar power at home is no longer about being green. With rising electricity prices and the reducing costs of solar equipment, sourcing power from the sun is starting to stack up financially.

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Consider solar for your home in New Zealand
Tips on choosing a kitchen sink

Tips on choosing a kitchen sink

We spend 60% of our time at the sink when in the kitchen. Preparing, washing and chopping are necessary activities that should be done as efficiently as possible – isn’t it logical then to take the time to choose the right sink centre for your individual requirements?

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Tips on choosing a kitchen sink
Converting a commercial property into a home

Converting a commercial property into a home

Converting a commercial property into a home may be challenging, but the process can be uniquely rewarding. Find advice and inspiration for when you come across a property you want to convert.

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Converting a commercial property into a home