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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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Five bathroom looks to suit your style

Five bathroom looks to suit your style

From styles inspired by Old World Europe, to striking statements with black and inviting rustic bathroom spaces there is a style for everyone and every kind of house. Get the look in your own home with our bathroom style guide as we take inspiration from real bathroom designs.

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Five bathroom looks to suit your style
Walk-in-wardrobes

Walk-in-wardrobes

Ten top things to think about to ensure you get your walk-in wardrobe working for you.

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Walk-in-wardrobes
Painting tips for your bathroom

Painting tips for your bathroom

Painting your bathroom is one the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways of transforming the look of one of the most popular and used rooms in a home,” says Dulux colour expert, Gretchen Flynn, who has compiled some tips, tricks and colour advice to help get your bathroom renovation project off to a great start.

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Painting tips for your bathroom
6 steps to a great kitchen

6 steps to a great kitchen

As with all great journeys your kitchen renovation is a series of individual steps.

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6 steps to a great kitchen
How to improve your wardrobe space

How to improve your wardrobe space

From toys and shoes through to handbags and dresses – we accumulate many treasured items that we need to find a home for. That’s why well-designed storage spaces are a necessary feature of New Zealand bedrooms.

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How to improve your wardrobe space
Renovate for better health

Renovate for better health

By considering your family’s health and wellbeing when you renovate your home, you’ll not only be enhancing your home’s environmental performance, you’ll also be investing in the future.

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Renovate for better health
Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. They provide an intimate connection to the surrounding environment, allow light and warmth to stream in and control ventilation. They can also make a bold statement about your style and the way you live.

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Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home
Lighting advice

Lighting advice

Few projects demonstrate the power of lighting as well as this Omanu house in the Bay of Plenty. Lighting is a tool that can set certain moods, add drama and ultimately turn your house into a welcoming home.

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Lighting advice
Insulation options

Insulation options

Insulate now in readiness for winter and you may well be surprised at how little it costs to insulate your home with the wide range of subsidies that are available.

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Insulation options
Home heating options

Home heating options

There are many different heating systems and fuel sources that can keep your home warm, comfortable and healthy all year round. Christian Hoerning, Senior Advisor at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), says you need to consider where you live and the climate of your area.

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Home heating options
South East Asian inspired gardens

South East Asian inspired gardens

A 1970s bungalow set on an elevated, hard-to-develop, sloping site in Titirangi is transformed from a higgledy-piggledy overgrown garden, into a tranquil South East Asian inspired garden-room sanctuary.

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South East Asian inspired gardens
Bringing the indoors out

Bringing the indoors out

Outdoor rooms are a wonderful way of extending your living space. Here is how – with a little bit of planning – you can turn your garden or deck into a luxurious outside lounge.

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Bringing the indoors out
Insulated garage doors in New Zealand

Insulated garage doors in New Zealand

With internal access garages now standard in newer homes, garages have become an extension of the house and are often used for more than simply a parking space for the family car.

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Insulated garage doors in New Zealand
Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow

Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow

Windows and doors play a major role within any home. They provide indoor-outdoor flow, ventilation, light, safety, security, comfort and aesthetic style.

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Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow
Planning new feature lighting for your home

Planning new feature lighting for your home

Feature lighting can be one or more decorative light fixtures that make a statement in your home. It can be a chandelier or pendant, cluster of pendants, wall light or even a floor lamp.

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Planning new feature lighting for your home
How to achieve the shabby chic look with colour

How to achieve the shabby chic look with colour

The shabby chic look is generally conveyed through use of natural wall colourings, distressed furniture, sweet pastel accents, shaggy rugs, exposed or washed timber, antique memories and pretty detailing such as lace, roses and florals.

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How to achieve the shabby chic look with colour