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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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Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow

Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow

Windows and doors play a major role within any home. They provide indoor-outdoor flow, ventilation, light, safety, security, comfort and aesthetic style.

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Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow
Planning new feature lighting for your home

Planning new feature lighting for your home

Feature lighting can be one or more decorative light fixtures that make a statement in your home. It can be a chandelier or pendant, cluster of pendants, wall light or even a floor lamp.

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Planning new feature lighting for your home
How to achieve the shabby chic look with colour

How to achieve the shabby chic look with colour

The shabby chic look is generally conveyed through use of natural wall colourings, distressed furniture, sweet pastel accents, shaggy rugs, exposed or washed timber, antique memories and pretty detailing such as lace, roses and florals.

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How to achieve the shabby chic look with colour
Do you have a leaky home?

Do you have a leaky home?

It can be hard coming to terms with a leaky home issue. Learn things to look out for when you discover a small leak in your home.

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Do you have a leaky home?
Prevent your furniture from fading with window film

Prevent your furniture from fading with window film

All year round the sun has a direct impact shining through windows and fading furniture, rugs and artwork, while exposing people inside to unhealthy UV rays.

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Prevent your furniture from fading with window film
Benefits of a ventilation system in your home

Benefits of a ventilation system in your home

A high proportion of our homes are damp, leading to high levels of dust mites and mould – both known asthma triggers.

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Benefits of a ventilation system in your home
The legal requirements for building a new garage or carport

The legal requirements for building a new garage or carport

Regardless of whether a Building Consent is required, the replacement garage or carport must comply with the New Zealand Building Code.

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The legal requirements for building a new garage or carport
Replacing carpet with wooden flooring

Replacing carpet with wooden flooring

Modern floor plans lean towards one floor covering throughout the living areas and hard flooring is the product of choice.

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Replacing carpet with wooden flooring
Converting your existing home into accessible housing design

Converting your existing home into accessible housing design

Apart from including a level entry or curbless shower, there are other key elements you need to consider when designing an accessible bathroom, In terms of your kitchen, the key thing to consider is enough space around appliances and cupboards.

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Converting your existing home into accessible housing design
Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert

Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert

Renovations are complex and require many specialists, so consider choosing a reliable project manager who can be your one point of contact.

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Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert
Replacing bathroom fixtures

Replacing bathroom fixtures

Bathrooms, and showers in particular, can be a veritable bag of surprises when it comes to replacing or renovating.

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Replacing bathroom fixtures
Improve your homes street appeal with a fence

Improve your homes street appeal with a fence

Quality homes deserve a quality fence – and that’s what Jenkins new A-lign fencing solution delivers.

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Improve your homes street appeal with a fence
Refresh Design

Refresh Design

Every successful renovation starts with a good idea, and there is now a company that can turn your building ideas into solid ‘concepts’.

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Refresh Design
Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bath

Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bath

Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bath and increasingly people are seeking this luxury statement for their homes.  Free-standing baths are certainly the latest trend in bathroomware and the Caroma Aura bath is quickly establishing itself as a market leading product choice. Read more.

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Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bath
Get wardrobe space while keeping original bungalow décor

Get wardrobe space while keeping original bungalow décor

Back in the 1920s, before shopping malls existed, there wasn’t much call for large wardrobes for the simple reason that most people didn’t possess that many clothes.

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Get wardrobe space while keeping original bungalow décor
Heating up a 1960s home

Heating up a 1960s home

Insulation will make your house more comfortable and insure against future energy price rises.

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Heating up a 1960s home