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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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Landscaping planning tips from Natural Habitats

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.

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Landscaping planning tips from Natural Habitats
Ensuite bathroom design tips

Ensuite bathroom design tips

Deciding on the layout for your ensuite will become much easier after reading tips and advice for storage, basins and setting the mood in your bathroom from Caroma.

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Ensuite bathroom design tips
Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream

Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream

Light, air and space. All are equally important in making a home comfortable to live or work in.

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Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream
Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats

Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats

While a team from Refresh Renovations tackled the Kiwi Dream house, a team of experts from Natural Habitats looks after the landscape installation, to help achieve the dream and make the most of the spectacular views.

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Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats
Clever colour technology with Resene as seen on The Kiwi Dream

Clever colour technology with Resene as seen on The Kiwi Dream

The Kiwi Dream Home takes us back to the beach with its sea washed colours.  Popular Resene colours, from the Karen Walker Paints collection offer a modern colour palette that you can relax and enjoy.

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Clever colour technology with Resene as seen on The Kiwi Dream
Improve indoor-outdoor flow plus bring additional light by adding Fletcher's Bifold doors into your home.

Improve indoor-outdoor flow plus bring additional light by adding Fletcher's Bifold doors into your home.

Improve indoor-outdoor flow plus bring additional light by adding Fletcher's Bifold doors into your home.

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Improve indoor-outdoor flow plus bring additional light by adding Fletcher's Bifold doors into your home.
Access Paint Colour Libraries On Your Phone

Access Paint Colour Libraries On Your Phone

When you're out and about and need access to information about a product, chances are you'll pull out your phone.  To help make it easier for you to access the parts of the Resene website you're likely to need when you're on the go, Resene has created a mobi version of its website.

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Access Paint Colour Libraries On Your Phone
Options to update your joinery

Options to update your joinery

Find out your options and advice to update or transform your old joinery from Fletcher Aluminium expert, Ronnie Pocock.

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Options to update your joinery
Reducing waste when you renovate

Reducing waste when you renovate

Using recycled materials and consciously reducing waste when you renovate is a great way to protect the environment and make your money go the extra mile. We’ve compiled a handy guide to help you keep your construction waste in check and get the most out of your existing resources.

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Reducing waste when you renovate
Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections

Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections

Interior designer Donna White explains how to display precious mementos without them looking cluttered. 

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Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections
Outdoor kitchen options and ideas in New Zealand

Outdoor kitchen options and ideas in New Zealand

There's something deeply satisfying about cooking outside. The smell and sound of sizzling food seems to tap into our primal instinct for warmth and nourishment; and flame-grilled food tastes all the better when cooked and served in the fresh air. 

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Outdoor kitchen options and ideas in New Zealand
Kitchen pantry storage options

Kitchen pantry storage options

Modern kitchen designs encompass colours, surfaces and textures as well as functional space and design. When creating your dream kitchen, a great starting point is kitchen functionality.

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Kitchen pantry storage options
Paint your home with Emerald, the 2013 colour of the year

Paint your home with Emerald, the 2013 colour of the year

International colour company Pantone named its colour of the year for 2013, and the title went to...Emerald! It's hard not to love this colour, as it makes a lasting impression as a paint choice on your walls and livens up any curtain design.

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Paint your home with Emerald, the 2013 colour of the year
Bathroom Renovation ideas that will help keep your bathroom comfortable and accessible as you age

Bathroom Renovation ideas that will help keep your bathroom comfortable and accessible as you age

Ageing, and its associated implications, are a reality and should not be ignored, especially when considering your next bathroom renovation.

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Bathroom Renovation ideas that will help keep your bathroom comfortable and accessible as you age
5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger

5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger

Is your bathroom small and cramped? Wish you had more space? The good news is that you don’t have to add extra square metres to make your bathroom look bigger. Using simple tricks that fool the eye may be all you need to make your bathroom appear more spacious.

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5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger
How to create a home office

How to create a home office

Whether you work from home, manage a home, commute to your workspace, or combine all three, its difficult these days to get away without some sort of administration corner at home for keeping track of bills, records, accounts and storing all the associated paraphernalia.

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How to create a home office