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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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Bathroom styles

Bathroom styles

Whatever the weather, the bathroom provides a retreat after a long day. Bathroom styles are not only changing, they are also bridging the gap from modern and classic, but especially the old and new.

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Bathroom styles
An open kitchen renovation in Parnell

An open kitchen renovation in Parnell

A variety of materials and finishes come together to create a refurbished kitchen and bathroom that brighten up the home.

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An open kitchen renovation in Parnell
A villa transformation in Ponsonby

A villa transformation in Ponsonby

A well-planned renovation turns a classic villa into a modern, open and light space while staying true to its original style.

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A villa transformation in Ponsonby
Window insulation options that can save you money

Window insulation options that can save you money

Installing effective window insulation can be pricey, but investing smart from the start will save you money and increase the value of your property.

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Window insulation options that can save you money
Home heating

Home heating

Are you into modern gas fireplaces? Or do you prefer old-fashioned wood-burning fire? In this column, Duncan Stuart shares his experiences with home heating.

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Home heating
A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

This state house renovation promised an open and modern but eminently functional home. The result is the perfect reflection of the owners’ shared aesthetic and is now a three-storey design showpiece.

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A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera
FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster

FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster’s subtly textured, lustrous finish epitomises timeless elegance. Here is all you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster.

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FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster
Concrete flooring and its benefits

Concrete flooring and its benefits

There was a time when having an exposed concrete floor might have prompted your friends to chip in and buy you a carpet, assuming that you couldn’t afford to buy one yourself. How times have changed…

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Concrete flooring and its benefits
Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?

Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?

NERO is the affordable, scalable and wireless automation solution from PDL by Schneider Electric that allows you to create a smart home one switch at a time. Your smart phone or tablet becomes the control interface for all your connected devices, seamlessly merging lifestyle and technology into one.

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Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?
How to maintain your property in the winter

How to maintain your property in the winter

Property maintenance is always important, but it becomes paramount during winter. These are our top tips for maintaining and adding value to your home this season.

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How to maintain your property in the winter
A villa makeover in Auckland

A villa makeover in Auckland

Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.

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A villa makeover in Auckland
An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.

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An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland
Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage

Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his latest experience with a kitchen renovation and reflects on how good communication needs to be at the heart of every project.

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Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage
Kid's room design ideas

Kid's room design ideas

Rooms for little ones are an important space to think about when designing and decorating, as children grow up so fast. We take a look at four gorgeous and clever bedroom ideas. 

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Kid's room design ideas
Clever storage tricks to declutter your home

Clever storage tricks to declutter your home

Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading or simply changing the style of your home, decluttering your abode is an essential step in setting the scene, sparking creative ideas and taking the stress out of your renovation.

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Clever storage tricks to declutter your home
A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay

A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay

Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.

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A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay