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.
Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas
Once upon a time a kitchen was simply the room in which food was prepared and cooked. Those days are long gone: these days the kitchen is arguably the hardest working room in a home. It’s a multi-functional gathering and entertaining space where families prepare and share food and drink, work, supervise homework and much more.
Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home
Ventilation is key for a healthy, efficient and comfortable home – keeping moisture, dampness and mould at bay – especially now that we’ve settled into our new homes to hibernate over winter.
Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand
Fantastic wallpapers, crazy colour combinations and textured carpets come to mind when thinking about 1970s homes.
Heating your home with central heating
Heating your home with an effective central heating system makes all the difference to the comfort of your home.
Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range for a luxurious shower
Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range ensures a truly luxurious shower experience with its refined technology that creates thousands of tiny, soft droplets.
New recessed lighting rules
As of 10th May 2012, new rules for the use of downlights in residential installations have come into effect to reduce the risk of fire when thermal installation is installed.
Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?
When undertaking any renovation project, the most important thing to consider is project management.
Tile grouting guide
Deciding what grout to use with your new tiles can be just as important as the selection of the tiles themselves.
1970’s Homes: Common Problems And Solutions
Solid bones of 1970’s homes make them the renovator's dream, but there are some things to look out for. Read more to find out about common features of 1970’s homes, problems, solutions and health risks.
How to repair Pinex softboard ceilings
Once a Pinex softboard shows signs of sagging, it may be time to be looking at replacing it with GIB plasterboard.
Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck
The enclosure of an existing house porch or deck, like all new building work, must meet the relevant performance requirements of the Building Code.
Environmentally friendly home insulation
Insulating your home to bring it up to today’s standards is the single most effective thing you can to do create a warmer, drier and more energy-efficient home. A warmer and drier home is a healthier home.
How much money will changing my light bulbs save me?
A regular light bulb wastes 90-95 percent of its power input generating heat, while utilizing a mere 5-10 percent to generate light. In contrast, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 25 percent of its power input to generate light – which is very appropriate when you consider the purpose of a light!
Prepare your walls and select the right paint for mould-prone surface areas
Dulux wash and wear comes with a guarantee to prevent mould for a minimum of seven years. It is available in white and colours tinted from white, which covers 80 percent of the fashionable colours used in the bathroom market.
Tap ware advice from Chesters
People often lament that “they don’t make it like they used to” – just how many times have you heard this saying lately? It’s certainly one that relates to the plumbing industry.
Rules for residential buildings on structural changes
As of March 2012 any structural work or work that affects the weather tightness of a residential building such as load bearing walls, foundations, roofing and cladding, is now classified as Restricted Building Work and must be completed or supervised by a Licensed Building Practitioner.