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.
How much does it cost to renovate a house in New Zealand?
Whether the dream home you would like to buy – or have already bought – needs a new coat of paint, a kitchen makeover or a loft conversion, it’s important to plan your budget and get an understanding of the expected costs.
Top 10 window styles
Deciding on a window for your home is about a balance between aesthetics and function; we get expert advice from Darryl Church on 10 basic styles.
Winter home maintenance ideas
With winter doing its best to keep most of us indoors, it’s a good time to take stock of your home, plan any upcoming renovations and landscaping, and check your equipment and tools are ship-shape and ready for spring.
What exactly is a wet room?
Wet rooms are usually defined as fully waterproofed areas where the walls of the bathroom form the boundaries of the shower itself. Wet rooms typically include a sink and toilet; there may or may not be a bathtub as well.
Villa Renovation Tips
Jostling for space on leaf-lined, inner-city streets, and punctuating pot-holed gravel routes located well off the beaten track, the classic Kiwi villa is often exposed in various states of renovation, from Cape Reinga to Bluff...
Caroma's premium free-standing bath range
Baths are experiencing a renaissance in the bathroom, particularly in the area of free-standing baths. Free-standing baths not only provide a design feature within the bathroom, but they can also save cost since they eliminate the need to build frames or add tiles around the bath.
Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation
Are you looking to buy a do-upper to transform into your dream home? Or have you been living in your house for a while and are ready to make some alterations? Here are the key steps that will help you plan your renovation and create the home you want.
Warm the house up
Keeping your home healthy and warm during the colder months requires careful preparation. Put insulation and heating in place well ahead of time to ensure your home is nice and snug.
Dorf Epic mixers and accessories
Dorf is proud to announce the release of the Epic range of bathroom mixers and accessories. These new products join the already successful Epic Sink Mixer which was released in 2012.
The Serial Renovator
A burst pipe opens the floodgates to a renovation obsession for journalist and tv presenter, Carly Flynn.
Beachside 1950s Home Renovation
An eco-friendly renovation of a double story 1950s home has taken full advantage or its prime position opposite Dunedin’s St Clair beach.
Resene ColourMatch iPhone App helps you choose colour
Seen a colour you’d love to use on a project? Maybe it was at the beach, on a fabric or on a building, but you don’t know what that colour is or how to describe it? Resene ColourMatch can help.
Colour with confidence
Resene's first love may be paint but their second has to be colour. Glorious colour. And to help open up the endless possibilities of colour choices, Resene has created the new habitat plus book devoted to colour – from the most vibrant reds and yellows, to soothing neutrals and moody black.
Light and bright townhouse renovation
A thoughtful renovation of a townhouse in the Auckland suburb of Epsom has provided the owners with a light, bright and classically beautiful home
A lofty renovation
In a clever loft renovation on Auckland’s North Shore, the small roof space above a double garage has been transformed into very liveable guest quarters.
Add dimension to your walls with wallpaper
Dress up your walls with the Texture Style wallpaper collection with a range of striking designs in colours and textures designed to make a statement in your home.