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.
Planning an outdoor room
Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White applies her design principles to her garden and plans the outdoor room of her dreams.
Are you looking to renovate your bathroom?
Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White takes a refreshing look at designing bathrooms.
Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene
Resene has a handy new product into store called Bug Juice. It’s new into the country but has been used for over 20 years in America. It kills crawling and flying insects on contact with treated surfaces inside or outside
Kitchen mixers options and styles
It is certainly true that kitchens see a lot of action. Over a few years, those simple knocks and bumps of everyday living can take the shine off the look of the room. It is not surprising therefore, to understand how much of a difference a new kitchen mixer can make to the look and feel of the heart of your home.
Media room planning tips
Advances in technology and lower costs mean an environment dedicated to enjoying in-home entertainment is no longer something you only see in the movies. If the space is there, all that’s required is careful planning, professional advice and a little imagination.
Choosing the right outdoor lighting
Turn your outdoor area into a safe and welcoming night-time wonderland with carefully chosen lighting.
Guide to making your floor a feature to be proud of
A fabulous floor can add style and value to your home. Here’s our guide to making your floor a feature to be proud of.
Outdoor cooking options
From portable gas fired smokers to inbuilt al fresco kitchens – the list of outdoor cooking options is as long as a hot summer’s night, and choosing a cooker is about as subjective as picking art.
How to choose outdoor furniture
One of summer’s greatest pleasures is dining outdoors. Here is our low down on how to choose outdoor furniture that is built to last and fits the style of your garden or deck.
Tony Murrell’s top gardening tips
Subtropical or minimal, cottagey or eclectic – landscaping expert Tony Murrell shares his know-how on creating the ideal garden for your requirements.
Choosing a cladding system for your home
Whether your style is classic or contemporary, there’s a cladding system to suit your property.
Things to consider before installing a swimming pool
Kiwis love the water and more and more of us are making waves in the backyard rather than the beach. So how realistic is that dream pool?
Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s
Many houses of this era have retained their appearance and character – strongly influenced by state housing – but modifications are often necessary and can make a real difference to the performance of the home.
Tips for a tidy garage
Keeping the garage clean and free of clutter can be a challenge, but with a few simple measures you can turn it into a usable, yes, even a warm, welcoming and safe space.
Bright colours and striking wallpaper
Happy hues, tempting textures and precious patterns – this season’s trends offer endless options for refreshing your home. It’s time to get adventurous and add character to your rooms.
Create a future-proofed home
You don’t have to sacrifice a stylish home design to create an accessible home base for all mobility levels. By integrating the basic principles of Universal Design when renovating, you can create a future-proofed home that is suitable not only for you into old age but also for your whole family as their lifestyles change.