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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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Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube

Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube

The importance of daylight in the home cannot be overstated. Explore different options to bring more natural light into the home.

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Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

Designing for the sun is nothing new. Indulge in some strategies while renovating your home, to learn how to get the most out of one free resource available to everyone – the sun.

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Passive solar home design
To do it yourself or pay a professional?

To do it yourself or pay a professional?

To do it yourself or pay a professional? Some home renovations are just meant to be left to the experts.

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To do it yourself or pay a professional?
Removing paint safely

Removing paint safely

Nikki Morris provides tips and advice on removing paint from your walls in a safe and healthy way.

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Removing paint safely
Contemporary bathware from Robertson

Contemporary bathware from Robertson

Find a bathware range to suit your every need with contemporary and quality features and finishes from Robertson.

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Contemporary bathware from Robertson
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?