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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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Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s

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.

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Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s
Tips for a tidy garage

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.

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Tips for a tidy garage
Bright colours and striking wallpaper

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.

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Bright colours and striking wallpaper
Create a future-proofed home

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.

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Create a future-proofed home
Planning a bungalow renovation

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.

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Planning a bungalow renovation
Outdoor heaters that beat the winter chill

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.

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Outdoor heaters that beat the winter chill
Flame fires that will turn your home into a cosy retreat

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.

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Flame fires that will turn your home into a cosy retreat
Renovating homes built during the 1970s

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.

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Renovating homes built during the 1970s
Future-proofing a pre-1970s home

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.

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Future-proofing a pre-1970s home
Recreate the magic of Disney at your place

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.

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Recreate the magic of Disney at your place
Match your light switches to the wall

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.

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Match your light switches to the wall
Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper

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.

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Dress up a feature wall with wallpaper
The Dorf SmartSeal System

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.

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The Dorf SmartSeal System
Caroma Flow Shower

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.

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Caroma Flow Shower
Toilet suite styles and implications

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.

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Toilet suite styles and implications
Give your bathroom the designer makeover

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.

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Give your bathroom the designer makeover