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.
Upcycling tips and tricks
Eco-friendly, easy on the pocket and immensely satisfying to boot, upcycling is a trend that is here to stay.
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.
Pest management tips
Rodents can be persistent pests, but with an integrated pest management approach, the problem can be effectively managed.
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.
Innovative bathroom fixtures from Robertson
With a treasure trove of innovative bathroom products and fixtures, Robertson provides a collection of brands for ideas on a perfect bathroom design.
Paying your taxes on time
We all succumb to procrastination. Find out what can benefit your home by not delaying paying your taxes.
Consider solar for your home in New Zealand
Installing solar power at home is no longer about being green. With rising electricity prices and the reducing costs of solar equipment, sourcing power from the sun is starting to stack up financially.
Tips on choosing a kitchen sink
We spend 60% of our time at the sink when in the kitchen. Preparing, washing and chopping are necessary activities that should be done as efficiently as possible – isn’t it logical then to take the time to choose the right sink centre for your individual requirements?
Converting a commercial property into a home
Converting a commercial property into a home may be challenging, but the process can be uniquely rewarding. Find advice and inspiration for when you come across a property you want to convert.
Design an 'aging in place' bathroom with style in New Zealand
‘Aging in Place’ – your own place that is. There’s a growing trend to remain in our own ‘place’ well into our twilight years.
Wool carpet for warmth in winter
If your home isn’t as warm as you’d like it to be, it may be time to consider the benefits of what a 100% New Zealand wool carpet could do for your home and your family.
Compare energy options before renovating your home
Introducing a handy new online tool that lets you compare the estimated costs of Natural Gas water heating with other energy options like LPG, solar and electricity.
Choosing the right white for your walls
Renovates interior design expert, Donna White, shares her insight on choosing the right white.
Removing mould from paint and wallpaper
Mould is a major cause of paint disfigurement. It destroys the paint's fresh clean appearance, and if left unchecked it shortens the life of the paint film.
A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use
Maximise the use of your outdoor area with a Victoria+Albert freestanding bath from Robertson - a luxurious addition to any interior or exterior setting.
Functional and affordable kitchen design
Given it is one of the most important rooms in the house and the most used, it naturally becomes crucial to get the right layout to keep it functional and allow for ease of use.