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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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Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas

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.

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Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas
Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home

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.

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Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home
Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand

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.

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Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand
Heating your home with central heating

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.

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Heating your home with central heating
Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range for a luxurious shower

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.

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Methven’s new Koha Satinjet shower range for a luxurious shower
New recessed lighting rules

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.

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New recessed lighting rules
Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

When undertaking any renovation project, the most important thing to consider is project management.

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Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?
Tile grouting guide

Tile grouting guide

Deciding what grout to use with your new tiles can be just as important as the selection of the tiles themselves.

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Tile grouting guide
1970’s Homes: Common Problems And Solutions

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.

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1970’s Homes: Common Problems And Solutions
How to repair Pinex softboard ceilings

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.

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How to repair Pinex softboard ceilings
Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck

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.

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Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck
Environmentally friendly home insulation

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.

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Environmentally friendly home insulation
How much money will changing my light bulbs save me?

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!

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How much money will changing my light bulbs save me?
Prepare your walls and select the right paint for mould-prone surface areas

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.

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Prepare your walls and select the right paint for mould-prone surface areas
Tap ware advice from Chesters

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.

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Tap ware advice from Chesters
Rules for residential buildings on structural changes

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.

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Rules for residential buildings on structural changes