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.
Renovating to reduce your energy bill
A surprising 75 per cent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they’re turned off but still plugged in. This could add up to 5 to 10 per cent to your energy bill.
Find the right colour scheme for your exterior
When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to ensure you get the paint colours right.
Water Saving Tips
Ever thought about where all the water is used in your home? Perhaps it would surprise you to learn that over one third of your water usage (about 40%) is consumed in the bathroom.
Pull out pantry solutions from Hafele
The CONVOY from Hafele is a family of seriously stylish cabinets, guaranteed to become one of the favourite features of any home; but it’s what you don’t see that makes it really special.
Top tips for planning a laundry renovation
Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a laundry that looks good and works hard every day of the week.
If you would like to breathe new life into your furniture and think it would be nice to have reupholstered, here's what you need to know and plan for and what you should look out for when choosing fabric to ensure you make the right decision.
Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge
A well designed home exudes a feeling of cohesion; everything feels just right. There’s a magic ingredient – subtle, yet powerful – that will help you achieve this. It’s called ‘rhythm’ and is a key interior design principle. By Donna White.
Spotlight on spiralling housing costs
Since 1 October 2013, banks favour borrowers with a minimum 20% deposit because 90% of a bank’s new loans must be at least that level. You may be able to buy a house with a 5% or 10% deposit, but it will be more difficult as banks are forced to ration those deals.
Renovate your wardrobe
When space is tight and life is busy, creating a well-organised and tidy wardrobe is the one essential makeover that keeps the home humming and its inhabitants sane. By Carly Flynn.
Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas
The kitchen and dining room area are two different areas of activity, requiring different options of lighting according to your functional needs.
Hettich ArciTech drawer system
With a broad product line-up that embraces matching materials and colour-coordinated components, this drawer system offers a wealth of design combination options making it easy to meet personal preferences and respond to changing design trends.
Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips
Bamboo flooring is versatile and looks great. Find out what you need to think about when preparing to install a bamboo floor and how to maintain the bamboo.
Healthy home hot water systems
Hot water systems are vital to your health and comfort in your home, but are easily overlooked - until something goes wrong.
Paint colour trends for 2014 from Resene
Call it retro or call it historical richness but brilliant yellows, pumpkin oranges and tomato reds are the accent colours of the season. Mix them with pretty pastels for a colourful balance and you have the hottest colour trends for 2014.
Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage
If you are thinking of renovating and contemporary urban looks are your style, you’ll definitely want to check out the following popular tile collections.
Landscaping planning tips from Natural Habitats
Good landscaping needs planning, get the designer involved early and they’ll tell you if Resource Consent is needed, more often than not it is easy to comply with the rules.