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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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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
Home insurance changes in New Zealand

Home insurance changes in New Zealand

The aftershocks from the Christchurch earthquakes are still being felt through New Zealand. The latest is how we will insure our houses from mid 2013.

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Home insurance changes in New Zealand
Replacing your windows with double-glazing

Replacing your windows with double-glazing

Double glazing can considerably reduce this heat loss, while also minimising outdoor noise and condensation, which causes dampness and mould.

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Replacing your windows with double-glazing
Colour your home with Resene’s trendy tones

Colour your home with Resene’s trendy tones

Colour your world this year with Resene’s new trendy tones.

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Colour your home with Resene’s trendy tones
Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas

Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas

Once upon a time a kitchen was simply the room in which food was prepared and cooked. Those days are long gone: these days the kitchen is arguably the hardest working room in a home. It’s a multi-functional gathering and entertaining space where families  prepare and share food and drink, work, supervise homework and much more.

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Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas
Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home

Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home

Ventilation is key for a healthy, efficient and comfortable home – keeping moisture, dampness and mould at bay – especially now that we’ve settled into our new homes to hibernate over winter.

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Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home
Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand

Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand

Fantastic wallpapers, crazy colour combinations and textured carpets come to mind when thinking about 1970s homes.

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Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand
Heating your home with central heating

Heating your home with central heating

Heating your home with an effective central heating system makes all the difference to the comfort of your home.

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Heating your home with central heating
Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range for a luxurious shower

Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range for a luxurious shower

Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range ensures a truly luxurious shower experience with its refined technology that creates thousands of tiny, soft droplets.

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Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range for a luxurious shower
New recessed lighting rules

New recessed lighting rules

As of 10th May 2012, new rules for the use of downlights in residential installations have come into effect to reduce the risk of fire when thermal installation is installed.

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New recessed lighting rules
Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

When undertaking any renovation project, the most important thing to consider is project management.

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Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?
Tile grouting guide

Tile grouting guide

Deciding what grout to use with your new tiles can be just as important as the selection of the tiles themselves.

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Tile grouting guide
1970’s Homes: Common Problems And Solutions

1970’s Homes: Common Problems And Solutions

Solid bones of 1970’s homes make them the renovator's dream, but there are some things to look out for. Read more to find out about common features of 1970’s homes, problems, solutions and health risks.

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1970’s Homes: Common Problems And Solutions