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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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How to repair Pinex softboard ceilings

How to repair Pinex softboard ceilings

Once a Pinex softboard shows signs of sagging, it may be time to be looking at replacing it with GIB plasterboard.

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How to repair Pinex softboard ceilings
Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck

Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck

The enclosure of an existing house porch or deck, like all new building work, must meet the relevant performance requirements of the Building Code.

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Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck
Environmentally friendly home insulation

Environmentally friendly home insulation

Insulating your home to bring it up to today’s standards is the single most effective thing you can to do create a warmer, drier and more energy-efficient home. A warmer and drier home is a healthier home.

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Environmentally friendly home insulation
How much money will changing my light bulbs save me?

How much money will changing my light bulbs save me?

A regular light bulb wastes 90-95 percent of its power input generating heat, while utilizing a mere 5-10 percent to generate light. In contrast, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 25 percent of its power input to generate light – which is very appropriate when you consider the purpose of a light!

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How much money will changing my light bulbs save me?
Prepare your walls and select the right paint for mould-prone surface areas

Prepare your walls and select the right paint for mould-prone surface areas

Dulux wash and wear comes with a guarantee to prevent mould for a minimum of seven years. It is available in white and colours tinted from white, which covers 80 percent of the fashionable colours used in the bathroom market.

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Prepare your walls and select the right paint for mould-prone surface areas
Tap ware advice from Chesters

Tap ware advice from Chesters

People often lament that “they don’t make it like they used to” – just how many times have you heard this saying lately? It’s certainly one that relates to the plumbing industry.

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Tap ware advice from Chesters
Rules for residential buildings on structural changes

Rules for residential buildings on structural changes

As of March 2012 any structural work or work that affects the weather tightness of a residential building such as load bearing walls, foundations, roofing and cladding, is now classified as Restricted Building Work and must be completed or supervised by a Licensed Building Practitioner.

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Rules for residential buildings on structural changes
Create an electrical plan before you start your renovation

Create an electrical plan before you start your renovation

If you are planning a complete overhaul of your home, you need to allow for plenty of plug outlets for each room. Resident expert Jon King gives recommendations based on a standard three-bedroom house.

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Create an electrical plan before you start your renovation
Paint colour selection advice from Duncan Stuart

Paint colour selection advice from Duncan Stuart

The colours we choose for our homes are shaped and influenced by the prevailing breeze of public opinion. Take your time choosing colours carefully when painting your home advises Duncan Stuart and for heaven’s sake keep an eye out for Barbie!

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Paint colour selection advice from Duncan Stuart
Colour your kitchen with Russell Hobbs

Colour your kitchen with Russell Hobbs

Is your kitchen looking a little stale and in need of a mini makeover?

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Colour your kitchen with Russell Hobbs
Art deco style home renovations

Art deco style home renovations

Art Deco homes from the 1930s are found throughout New Zealand from small country towns like Ranfurly to big city suburbs.

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Art deco style home renovations
Seasonal Colour Selection Tips

Seasonal Colour Selection Tips

From Lake Tekapo’s icy blue glacial waters through to Rangitoto’s bright red Pohutukawa blossoms; from the lush emeralds of the Greta Valley through to the rich russets of Mt Tongariro, there’s no doubt about it, we’re truly spoiled for colour in New Zealand.

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Seasonal Colour Selection Tips
What do you need a building consent for?

What do you need a building consent for?

To apply for a building consent most building consent authorities have developed checklists and instructions on how to assemble your application. This will help you lodge the correct information for the councils to work from.

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What do you need a building consent for?
How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?

How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?

Not everything in your home has to be pristine. The battered and tired state of old wooden furniture can add to its appeal. Borer damage in an old chest of drawers, for example, can enhance its character, provided of course that the borer beetle is removed.

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How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?
What should you look out for when you are purchasing a do-up property?

What should you look out for when you are purchasing a do-up property?

In assessing candidate properties it is important to do your homework regarding any preceding work. For example, is there a Code of Compliance issued for the work?

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What should you look out for when you are purchasing a do-up property?
Choosing a plumber for your home renovation

Choosing a plumber for your home renovation

Decisions early on in the renovation project, such as which plumber you choose, can make a big difference to your end result. Columnist Duncan Stuart found out that making the wrong choice meant coming home to find his whole back yard excavated.

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Choosing a plumber for your home renovation