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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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Light and bright townhouse renovation

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

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Light and bright townhouse renovation
A lofty renovation

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.

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A lofty renovation
Add dimension to your walls with wallpaper

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.

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Add dimension to your walls with wallpaper
How to solve unequal water pressure

How to solve unequal water pressure

Whilst most new homes are built with mains water pressure for hot and cold water, a large number of homes over 15 years of age operate with unequal water pressure.

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How to solve unequal water pressure
Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow

Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow

An ambitious renovation in Auckland’s Mt Albert has seen a tiny bungalow transformed into a statement-making family home.

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Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow
The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?

The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?

The big reveal of your new renovation to family and friends can be a bit of an anticlimax, warns Duncan Stuart.

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The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?
Warm up this winter with curtains from Resene

Warm up this winter with curtains from Resene

Keep your house warm, cosy and looking good this coming winter with this special offer from Resene.

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Warm up this winter with curtains from Resene
Methven Satinjet Showers

Methven Satinjet Showers

Whether you’re completing a full-scale renovation project or simply wish to update your bathroom – you can now bring award-winning design home with the Koha and the Waipori Satinjet hand showers.

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Methven Satinjet Showers
Create a space to work at home

Create a space to work at home

For many people a home workspace is no longer a luxury, it’s a must. Yet all too often, this hard-working area of the family real estate doesn’t benefit from the same thought and attention to detail as other areas. Here are six simple steps to help you create a home workspace you’ll adore.

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Create a space to work at home
A look at New Zealand furniture design

A look at New Zealand furniture design

A distinctive New Zealand furniture design style is evolving – it has a natural rawness, influenced by our country and lifestyle, is uncomplicated yet at the same time stylish. We look at some of the current chair designs and the basic elements of chair construction.

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A look at New Zealand furniture design
When creativity goes bad

When creativity goes bad

While imagination is a great starting point for many projects, Kylie Jurgensen finds out that too much renovation inspiration can be, well, simply too much.

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When creativity goes bad
The romance of renovating

The romance of renovating

While chivalry and courtly love is not a big part of our Kiwi heritage, Kylie Jurgensen reckons that bonding over an honest day’s work most certainly is...

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The romance of renovating
Redeeming qualities

Redeeming qualities

An ability to see potential in anything leads columnist, Kylie Jurgensen, to contemplate her next renovation project…

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Redeeming qualities
Central heating systems that are ideal for retrofitting

Central heating systems that are ideal for retrofitting

Anyone who has spent any time in northern Europe will know that there’s nothing quite like central heating to warm the cockles of your heart.

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Central heating systems that are ideal for retrofitting
Know your rights - a guide to consumer law

Know your rights - a guide to consumer law

Seasoned renovators know that good relationships with competent tradespeople and reliable suppliers are the key to a successful renovation. But what happens when things go wrong: a job isn’t up to scratch, the relationship with a contractor sours, or a product doesn’t deliver as expected?

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Know your rights - a guide to consumer law
Which type and size of hot water system is best for your home

Which type and size of hot water system is best for your home

Providing hot water accounts for around 30 per cent of the total energy costs of a typical New Zealand household – so it’s important to consider how much heated water you need and what energy sources you have available.

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Which type and size of hot water system is best for your home