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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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Design an 'aging in place' bathroom with style in New Zealand

Design an 'aging in place' bathroom with style in New Zealand

‘Aging in Place’ – your own place that is. There’s a growing trend to remain in our own ‘place’ well into our twilight years.

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Design an 'aging in place' bathroom with style in New Zealand
Wool carpet for warmth in winter

Wool carpet for warmth in winter

If your home isn’t as warm as you’d like it to be, it may be time to consider the benefits of what a 100% New Zealand wool carpet could do for your home and your family.

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Wool carpet for warmth in winter
Compare energy options before renovating your home

Compare energy options before renovating your home

Introducing a handy new online tool that lets you compare the estimated costs of Natural Gas water heating with other energy options like LPG, solar and electricity.

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Compare energy options before renovating your home
Choosing the right white for your walls

Choosing the right white for your walls

Renovates interior design expert, Donna White, shares her insight on choosing the right white.

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Choosing the right white for your walls
Removing mould from paint and wallpaper

Removing mould from paint and wallpaper

Mould is a major cause of paint disfigurement. It destroys the paint's fresh clean appearance, and if left unchecked it shortens the life of the paint film.

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Removing mould from paint and wallpaper
A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use

A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use

Maximise the use of your outdoor area with a Victoria+Albert freestanding bath from Robertson - a luxurious addition to any interior or exterior setting.

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A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use
Functional and affordable kitchen design

Functional and affordable kitchen design

Given it is one of the most important rooms in the house and the most used, it naturally becomes crucial to get the right layout to keep it functional and allow for ease of use.

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Functional and affordable kitchen design
Innovative bathroom ideas

Innovative bathroom ideas

Whether your bathroom is spacious or small - we look at some of the best products and finishes that will turn it into a sophisticated sanctuary.

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Innovative bathroom ideas
Maximise your outdoor living

Maximise your outdoor living

With a little bit of planning and the right accessories, you can enjoy your outdoor living areas all year round. Here is how.

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Maximise your outdoor living
Get your money working smarter

Get your money working smarter

Healthy eating and getting fit are common aspirations and there’s a greater chance of success if you map out specific steps.

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Get your money working smarter
Kitchen styles to choose from

Kitchen styles to choose from

Creating a new kitchen can be one of the most satisfying renovation projects. Finding a style you love is the first step to getting started – we look at four of the best.

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Kitchen styles to choose from
The right LED lighting for your home

The right LED lighting for your home

Sourcing the right LED lighting for your home can be a daunting process if you are unsure of what you are looking for.

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The right LED lighting for your home
Renovations that lower your power bill

Renovations that lower your power bill

Create an energy efficient home while planning your renovation by learning about where to place priorities to achieve maximum energy savings when renovating on a set budget.

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Renovations that lower your power bill
Bathroom renovation design tips

Bathroom renovation design tips

The bathroom is traditionally the smallest room in the house. Donna White shares her interior design tips for turning it into a fun and functional space.

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Bathroom renovation design tips
Everybody’s Stool by Carly Flynn

Everybody’s Stool by Carly Flynn

From broadcasting to choosing fabrics, Carly Flynn ventures into a clever recreation of a new and improved childhood stool.

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Everybody’s Stool by Carly Flynn
Choosing the right tapware for New Zealand conditions

Choosing the right tapware for New Zealand conditions

Good design is about both function as well as form, and choosing the right tapware to suit your water pressure is key to reliable operation and optimal performance.

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Choosing the right tapware for New Zealand conditions