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.
Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows
The latest on solar roof ventilation within older New Zealand homes.
Trend report: internal glass and metal doors: what to consider
Internal doors have a great impact on the look and feel of your space – and the recent trend of using black-framed metal glass doors brings a bit of New York loft-style glamour to your home.
The Smart Renovator’s Kitchen Renovation Guide
Refresh has completed hundreds of kitchen renovations in New Zealand, so we know the ins and outs of what makes a successful kitchen renovation. We've distilled all of this information down for you in this Guide to Kitchen Renovations, and packed it with resources so you can get clued up on what you need to know before you begin.
Inspirational Kitchen Ideas
Central to the flow and function of everyday life, kitchens play a major role in your home. No matter if you are planning for simple updates or a major makeover, here are some amazing kitchen styles to use as inspiration.
The Importance of Early Decision Making
When it comes to bathroom renovations, there's a lot plan! The Tile Depot shares their top planning and product tips with Refresh.
How to conduct an energy audit on your home
Stop energy bills stop burning a hole in your pocket. Summer is the perfect season to complete a home energy audit; there’s a year’s worth of power bills stacked up so you can see exactly what you’ve spent, and the longer daylight hours provide the time to complete a range of minor alterations.
GENIE: Pleasure at any Pressure
American Standard has launched the award-winning GENIE pressure booster hand shower to cope with low water pressure.
Make a small space feel big
Lack of space is one of the most common issues people face in their homes. Fortunately, when working with your existing space, it is possible to make it feel bigger – here are some ideas.
How to Create a Hamptons Style Home
A Hamptons style home is a celebration of refined seaside relaxation; a haven to gather family, entertain friends and reconnect with the healing ocean ions.
Renovation Hacks for small apartments
Creative hacks in construction and renovation can make all the difference to turning your tiny space into the perfect amount of space, just by thinking a little more creatively.
A beginner’s guide to bathrooms
The bathroom is one of the highest traffic areas in any home. It is one of the most expensive yet least changed rooms in the house to remodel, so money well spent today will mean savings in the long term.
Cooking Good: A beginners guide to kitchens
Are you starting to put ideas together for a kitchen renovation? In this article, writer David Burgess provides advice on why kitchen renovations are so important to get right and how to create a kitchen plan that will work beautifully for your lifestyle.
Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home
How well do you know your roof? If words like jerkinhead, saltbox, cross-hipped and sawtooth are new to you…then you’re about to discover a whole new world. Those are just some of the names you might come across when planning your roof renovation project. In this article, we give an overview of some different design options, along with their pros and cons.
What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?
What should be considered, both pre-renovation and post-renovation, when it comes to styling?
A Glossary pre-millennium of House Styles
Writer Jason Burgess takes us through a timeline of New Zealand architecture, from simple cottages through to modern builds.
Villa Woes: turning your rundown villa into a wow home
Would you describe your villa as charming but missing something? Many villas are just a diamond in the rough waiting to be brought back to life. Get inspired here...