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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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Glass options to brighten your home

Glass options to brighten your home

Glass doesn’t have to be restricted to windows. We bring you glass trends that will not only brighten up rooms, but will also bring a contemporary and modern look to your home.

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Glass options to brighten your home
Minimalism or maximilism

Minimalism or maximilism

Do you prefer clean simple lines, or do you believe in using every decorative item you love in the room? Or are you in the middle?

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Minimalism or maximilism
Garage storage solutions

Garage storage solutions

With storage space in many modern homes being sacrificed on the altar of larger living areas, maximising what is available becomes even more important.

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Garage storage solutions
Timber floor preparation

Timber floor preparation

There are three common sub-floors that you will encounter when preparing to lay down a timber floor. We'll tell you what they are and how to deal with each.

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Timber floor preparation
Choosing a rangehood in New Zealand

Choosing a rangehood in New Zealand

Here are some tips from Buyrite Appliances to consider when choosing the best rangehood for your kitchen.

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Choosing a rangehood in New Zealand
Tips on child proofing your home

Tips on child proofing your home

Renovating a house is the ideal time to consider how child-friendly your home is, especially if you have young children or are expecting to add to your family.

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Tips on child proofing your home
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
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