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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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Protect wet area rooms with GIB Aqualine

Protect wet area rooms with GIB Aqualine

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.

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Protect wet area rooms with GIB Aqualine
Try out your colours with Resene Colour View

Try out your colours with Resene Colour View

See how colours look in your home and room settings with the all new Resene Colour View.

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Try out your colours with Resene Colour View
Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles

Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles

With the introduction of wood styled porcelain tiles manufactured through HD digital printing, homeowners can now reap the benefits of porcelain tile.

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Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles
Buying to renovate

Buying to renovate

Our specialists share their insight on what to look out for when buying a do-upper.

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Buying to renovate
Renovating to reduce your energy bill

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.

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Renovating to reduce your energy bill
Find the right colour scheme for your exterior

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.

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Find the right colour scheme for your exterior
Water Saving Tips

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.

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Water Saving Tips
Pull out pantry solutions from Hafele

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.

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Pull out pantry solutions from Hafele
Top tips for planning a laundry renovation

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.

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Top tips for planning a laundry renovation
Re-upholstery advice

Re-upholstery advice

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.

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Re-upholstery advice
Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

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.

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Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge
Spotlight on spiralling housing costs

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.

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Spotlight on spiralling housing costs
Renovate your wardrobe

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.

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Renovate your wardrobe
Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas

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. 

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Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas
Hettich ArciTech drawer system

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.

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Hettich ArciTech drawer system
Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips

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.

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Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips