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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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™
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.