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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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Roofing Material Options in New Zealand

Roofing Material Options in New Zealand

When it comes to adding the crowning glory to your new house or replacing a tired cap on your treasured home, there are some critical roofing decisions to be made that include performance and cost.*

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Roofing Material Options in New Zealand
Renovation values

Renovation values

In this age of peaked house prices, worldwide austerity measures, and sluggish markets, renovation consents have remained astonishingly stable as families adopt a back-to-basics attitude and seek creative ways to use existing space.

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Renovation values
Land price pressure

Land price pressure

Two recent reports state that New Zealand house prices have – yet again – been rated as  “severely unaffordable”.  Deborah Carlyon explains what this means for the average Kiwi.

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Land price pressure
Stay money savvy

Stay money savvy

Is it a good time to buy a house?  It’s a question I hear often and for first home buyers, it’s an especially big life stage decision.

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Stay money savvy
How well can KiwiSaver provide for both a first home and retirement?

How well can KiwiSaver provide for both a first home and retirement?

Just how well does saving two or three per cent of your income help? If you withdraw to buy your first home, how will that impact on your retirement goal?

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How well can KiwiSaver provide for both a first home and retirement?
Buying and renovating an investment property

Buying and renovating an investment property

Finding your perfect home at the right price can be difficult. Often you are paying for the time, effort and money someone else has spent on a house.

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Buying and renovating an investment property
Examine your money personality

Examine your money personality

Finding financial decision-making fraught with stress? Examine your money personality.

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Examine your money personality
Interior Design: Getting it right

Interior Design: Getting it right

When is the best time to engage an interior designer? And what exactly does an interior designer do? Donna White, an Auckland-based interior designer and recent finalist in the Dulux Colour Awards answers these questions and more…

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Interior Design: Getting it right
Choosing the right colour for your home

Choosing the right colour for your home

Tips, tricks and great advice for choosing colour for your home from Renovate magazine’s very own interior design expert.

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Choosing the right colour for your home
Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on

Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on

Good lighting has the power to enhance your interiors – Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White explains how.

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Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on
Tips on choosing art

Tips on choosing art

In addition to colour and wallpaper, art can take centre stage when decorating your walls. Renovate’s interior design expert explains how.

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Tips on choosing art
Planning an outdoor room

Planning an outdoor room

Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White applies her design principles to her garden and plans the outdoor room of her dreams.

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Planning an outdoor room
Are you looking to renovate your bathroom?

Are you looking to renovate your bathroom?

Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White takes a refreshing look at designing bathrooms.

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Are you looking to renovate your bathroom?
Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene

Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene

Resene has a handy new product into store called Bug Juice.  It’s new into the country but has been used for over 20 years in America.  It kills crawling and flying insects on contact with treated surfaces inside or outside

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Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene
Kitchen mixers options and styles

Kitchen mixers options and styles

It is certainly true that kitchens see a lot of action.  Over a few years, those simple knocks and bumps of everyday living can take the shine off the look of the room.  It is not surprising therefore, to understand how much of a difference a new kitchen mixer can make to the look and feel of the heart of your home.

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Kitchen mixers options and styles
Media room planning tips

Media room planning tips

Advances in technology and lower costs mean an environment dedicated to enjoying in-home entertainment is no longer something you only see in the movies. If the space is there, all that’s required is careful planning, professional advice and a little imagination.

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Media room planning tips