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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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Recreate the magic of Disney at your place

Recreate the magic of Disney at your place

Recreate the magic of Disney at your place. You can bring the magic that is Disney into your home projects with the new Disney collection.

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Recreate the magic of Disney at your place
Match your light switches to the wall

Match your light switches to the wall

Match your light switches to the wall with Vynco coloured switchplates backpainted with Resene Imperite in your choice of Resene colour.

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Match your light switches to the wall
Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper

Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper

Want to make a statement of your walls?  Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper then complement with your favourite Resene colour.

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Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper
The Dorf SmartSeal System

The Dorf SmartSeal System

Internal Moisture within buildings and ensuring that it is managed appropriately and effectively to prevent damage caused by excessive or long-term moisture build-up, is of major concern to renovators and new home builders alike.

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The Dorf SmartSeal System
Caroma Flow Shower

Caroma Flow Shower

With the rising cost of water and water heating, the water efficiency of your shower is becoming a more important consideration.  However, nobody wants to sacrifice a good shower for those cost savings.

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Caroma Flow Shower
Toilet suite styles and implications

Toilet suite styles and implications

Baths are experiencing a renaissance in the bathroom, particularly in the area of free-standing baths.  Free-standing baths not only provide a design feature within the bathroom, but they can also save costs since they eliminate the need to build frames or add tiles around the bath.

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Toilet suite styles and implications
Give your bathroom the designer makeover

Give your bathroom the designer makeover

Caroma Invisi Series II toilet suites add a whole new dimension to bathroom design. By maximising valuable floor space, Caroma Invisi II makes a small bathroom feel spacious and can make your dream bathroom feel even more spectacular.

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Give your bathroom the designer makeover
Five bathroom looks to suit your style

Five bathroom looks to suit your style

From styles inspired by Old World Europe, to striking statements with black and inviting rustic bathroom spaces there is a style for everyone and every kind of house. Get the look in your own home with our bathroom style guide as we take inspiration from real bathroom designs.

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Five bathroom looks to suit your style
Walk-in-wardrobes

Walk-in-wardrobes

Ten top things to think about to ensure you get your walk-in wardrobe working for you.

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Walk-in-wardrobes
Painting tips for your bathroom

Painting tips for your bathroom

Painting your bathroom is one the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways of transforming the look of one of the most popular and used rooms in a home,” says Dulux colour expert, Gretchen Flynn, who has compiled some tips, tricks and colour advice to help get your bathroom renovation project off to a great start.

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Painting tips for your bathroom
6 steps to a great kitchen

6 steps to a great kitchen

As with all great journeys your kitchen renovation is a series of individual steps.

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6 steps to a great kitchen
How to improve your wardrobe space

How to improve your wardrobe space

From toys and shoes through to handbags and dresses – we accumulate many treasured items that we need to find a home for. That’s why well-designed storage spaces are a necessary feature of New Zealand bedrooms.

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How to improve your wardrobe space
Renovate for better health

Renovate for better health

By considering your family’s health and wellbeing when you renovate your home, you’ll not only be enhancing your home’s environmental performance, you’ll also be investing in the future.

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Renovate for better health
Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. They provide an intimate connection to the surrounding environment, allow light and warmth to stream in and control ventilation. They can also make a bold statement about your style and the way you live.

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Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home
Lighting advice

Lighting advice

Few projects demonstrate the power of lighting as well as this Omanu house in the Bay of Plenty. Lighting is a tool that can set certain moods, add drama and ultimately turn your house into a welcoming home.

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Lighting advice
Insulation options

Insulation options

Insulate now in readiness for winter and you may well be surprised at how little it costs to insulate your home with the wide range of subsidies that are available.

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Insulation options