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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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Home heating options

Home heating options

There are many different heating systems and fuel sources that can keep your home warm, comfortable and healthy all year round. Christian Hoerning, Senior Advisor at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), says you need to consider where you live and the climate of your area.

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Home heating options
South East Asian inspired gardens

South East Asian inspired gardens

A 1970s bungalow set on an elevated, hard-to-develop, sloping site in Titirangi is transformed from a higgledy-piggledy overgrown garden, into a tranquil South East Asian inspired garden-room sanctuary.

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South East Asian inspired gardens
Bringing the indoors out

Bringing the indoors out

Outdoor rooms are a wonderful way of extending your living space. Here is how – with a little bit of planning – you can turn your garden or deck into a luxurious outside lounge.

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Bringing the indoors out
Insulated garage doors in New Zealand

Insulated garage doors in New Zealand

With internal access garages now standard in newer homes, garages have become an extension of the house and are often used for more than simply a parking space for the family car.

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Insulated garage doors in New Zealand
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