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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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What is the green building code, and the green star rating system?

What is the green building code, and the green star rating system?

It might come as a surprise to know that unlike some countries, there is no ‘green building code’ in New Zealand. What we do have is a free, independent and voluntary rating tool called Homestar™

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What is the green building code, and the green star rating system?
Save energy with LED light bulbs

Save energy with LED light bulbs

Liquid LEDs has slashed the cost of LED lighting by reducing prices across its range of LED light bulbs, which includes everything from decorative candles to down lights.

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Save energy with LED light bulbs
Marley Typhoon Spouting

Marley Typhoon Spouting

Look out for Marley’s new Typhoon spouting and 80mm round downpipe systems which now come in a titanium or copper hybrid metallic finish to enhance the style and character of your home. Design-wise the high-fronted spouting works well to conceal any roofline irregularities, while its half-round profile complements every style of house from classic villas through to holiday homes.

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Marley Typhoon Spouting
Use Quick response codes on Cemix packaging with your smartphone to access information

Use Quick response codes on Cemix packaging with your smartphone to access information

Cemix is the first business in the New Zealand building industry to adopt Quick Response (QR) codes onto all of its packaging to enable smartphone users (and QR code readers) to get instant access to information and data sheets.

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Use Quick response codes on Cemix packaging with your smartphone to access information
Paint Shaver Pro

Paint Shaver Pro

If you’re planning a major sanding job any time in the future you’ll want to check out the Paint Shaver Pro.

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Paint Shaver Pro
Window covering fabric technology from New Zealand Window Shades

Window covering fabric technology from New Zealand Window Shades

If you’re no fan of overheating or having the sun stream in onto your computer or TV screen, then you’ll want to check out the latest innovation in window covering fabric technology from New Zealand Window Shades.

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Window covering fabric technology from New Zealand Window Shades
How to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro

How to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro

There are a few basic guidelines that can help ensure that your Christmas tree best expresses your household’s unique history and ever-evolving art forms, and fits well in your home environment. Here’s a sampling of tips from the experts.

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How to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro