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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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Innovative bathroom ideas

Innovative bathroom ideas

Whether your bathroom is spacious or small - we look at some of the best products and finishes that will turn it into a sophisticated sanctuary.

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Innovative bathroom ideas
Maximise your outdoor living

Maximise your outdoor living

With a little bit of planning and the right accessories, you can enjoy your outdoor living areas all year round. Here is how.

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Maximise your outdoor living
Get your money working smarter

Get your money working smarter

Healthy eating and getting fit are common aspirations and there’s a greater chance of success if you map out specific steps.

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Get your money working smarter
Kitchen styles to choose from

Kitchen styles to choose from

Creating a new kitchen can be one of the most satisfying renovation projects. Finding a style you love is the first step to getting started – we look at four of the best.

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Kitchen styles to choose from
The right LED lighting for your home

The right LED lighting for your home

Sourcing the right LED lighting for your home can be a daunting process if you are unsure of what you are looking for.

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The right LED lighting for your home
Renovations that lower your power bill

Renovations that lower your power bill

Create an energy efficient home while planning your renovation by learning about where to place priorities to achieve maximum energy savings when renovating on a set budget.

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Renovations that lower your power bill
Bathroom renovation design tips

Bathroom renovation design tips

The bathroom is traditionally the smallest room in the house. Donna White shares her interior design tips for turning it into a fun and functional space.

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Bathroom renovation design tips
Everybody’s Stool by Carly Flynn

Everybody’s Stool by Carly Flynn

From broadcasting to choosing fabrics, Carly Flynn ventures into a clever recreation of a new and improved childhood stool.

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Everybody’s Stool by Carly Flynn
Choosing the right tapware for New Zealand conditions

Choosing the right tapware for New Zealand conditions

Good design is about both function as well as form, and choosing the right tapware to suit your water pressure is key to reliable operation and optimal performance.

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Choosing the right tapware for New Zealand conditions
Protect wet area rooms with GIB Aqualine

Protect wet area rooms with GIB Aqualine

Ever thought about where all the water is used in your home? Perhaps it would surprise you to learn that over one third of your water usage (about 40%) is consumed in the bathroom.

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Protect wet area rooms with GIB Aqualine
Try out your colours with Resene Colour View

Try out your colours with Resene Colour View

See how colours look in your home and room settings with the all new Resene Colour View.

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Try out your colours with Resene Colour View
Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles

Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles

With the introduction of wood styled porcelain tiles manufactured through HD digital printing, homeowners can now reap the benefits of porcelain tile.

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Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles
Buying to renovate

Buying to renovate

Our specialists share their insight on what to look out for when buying a do-upper.

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Buying to renovate
Renovating to reduce your energy bill

Renovating to reduce your energy bill

A surprising 75 per cent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they’re turned off but still plugged in. This could add up to 5 to 10 per cent to your energy bill.

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Renovating to reduce your energy bill
Find the right colour scheme for your exterior

Find the right colour scheme for your exterior

When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to ensure you get the paint colours right.

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Find the right colour scheme for your exterior
Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Ever thought about where all the water is used in your home?  Perhaps it would surprise you to learn that over one third of your water usage (about 40%) is consumed in the bathroom.

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Water Saving Tips