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.
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.
Planning a bungalow renovation
New Zealand bungalows have a distinctive character that can easily be lost or destroyed – so it’s important to understand the home’s unique features and common problems when planning a renovation.
Outdoor heaters that beat the winter chill
Choosing the right heat source and ambience will ensure that your deck and garden can be used year round – extending your outdoor entertaining possibilities.
Flame fires that will turn your home into a cosy retreat
Whether you aim to use the comforting flames of a fireplace as a heating system or a purely decorative feature, the warm glow of a soothing fire can turn your home into a cosy retreat.
Renovating homes built during the 1970s
New living styles, new materials and new modular construction methods – houses built during the 1970’s took the architectural styles of previous decades to cities and towns across the country, from Twizel and Turangi through to Cromwell and Auckland.
Future-proofing a pre-1970s home
If your house was built around the time Neil Armstrong was striding across the moon there's a great possibility that there’s not much in the way of insulation in the walls, your water pipes are probably made of copper, and most likely without any lagging or insulation.
Recreate the magic of Disney at your place
Recreate the magic of Disney at your place. You can bring the magic that is Disney into your home projects with the new Disney collection.
Match your light switches to the wall
Match your light switches to the wall with Vynco coloured switchplates backpainted with Resene Imperite in your choice of Resene colour.
Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper
Want to make a statement of your walls? Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper then complement with your favourite Resene colour.
The Dorf SmartSeal System
Internal Moisture within buildings and ensuring that it is managed appropriately and effectively to prevent damage caused by excessive or long-term moisture build-up, is of major concern to renovators and new home builders alike.
Caroma Flow Shower
With the rising cost of water and water heating, the water efficiency of your shower is becoming a more important consideration. However, nobody wants to sacrifice a good shower for those cost savings.
Toilet suite styles and implications
Baths are experiencing a renaissance in the bathroom, particularly in the area of free-standing baths. Free-standing baths not only provide a design feature within the bathroom, but they can also save costs since they eliminate the need to build frames or add tiles around the bath.
Give your bathroom the designer makeover
Caroma Invisi Series II toilet suites add a whole new dimension to bathroom design. By maximising valuable floor space, Caroma Invisi II makes a small bathroom feel spacious and can make your dream bathroom feel even more spectacular.