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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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What you need to know before building a home gym

What you need to know before building a home gym

Many covet the convenience of a home gym, where you can retreat and motivate yourself to keep in shape. As you will read in this article, it can be surprisingly simple to set one up if you’re thinking of converting a garage or room within the house.  

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What you need to know before building a home gym
A 70s inspired bathroom makeover

A 70s inspired bathroom makeover

Danielle Brayne and Sean Thompson didn’t have to look far when they renovated the bathroom of their Auckland home. They called on Sean’s sister, interior designer Lily Brooke Thompson of Ewing & Co, who waved her creative wand over the tired, 70s-inspired space.

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A 70s inspired bathroom makeover
How important is sustainable design in the home?

How important is sustainable design in the home?

Refresh Renovations specialist Tim Walters, advises home owners on the importance of sustainable design in the home and the options available when renovating.  

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How important is sustainable design in the home?
Top 5 bathroom styles

Top 5 bathroom styles

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, an area where both form and function reign supreme particularly when it comes to the ‘tub’. Once an essential for cleansing, nowadays the bath itself represents a form of time out and escapism and, as such, demands a design style that makes a statement.

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Top 5 bathroom styles
Tile styles to choose from

Tile styles to choose from

We graduate from traditional tile style and delve deep into the depths of modern mosaics and maximalist interiors. With the re-birth of industrial living, the household tile in interior living is bigger and better than ever, with more than meets the eye at every small square or hexagonal brick.

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Tile styles to choose from
Eco-living

Eco-living

When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.

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Eco-living
Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience

Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience

In this column from the Last Word series, Ducan Stuart talks about his experience creating indoor outdoor flow and comments on its common issues. 

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Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience
Renovating a brand new home

Renovating a brand new home

Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.

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Renovating a brand new home
Renovating a student flat

Renovating a student flat

Owning a student flat can be both a rewarding and challenging investment. Considering how and when to renovate that student flat is another thing. If you’re thinking of upgrading your student flat, there are various things to consider when your investment property is tenanted by students.

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Renovating a student flat
Making the decision to renovate

Making the decision to renovate

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions. 

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Making the decision to renovate
Bathroom planning checklist

Bathroom planning checklist

Before you start your renovation, you have to ask yourself a few questions to make sure the end result is your dream bathroom. Here’s a wish-list to help kick start your planning.

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Bathroom planning checklist
Renovating state houses

Renovating state houses

Renovating a typical state house -that piece of New Zealand history which any Kiwi will recognise- can be both a challenge and a rewarding experience.

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Renovating state houses
A contemporary farmhouse design

A contemporary farmhouse design

Nestled on the tip of Banks Peninsula in New Zealand’s idyllic surroundings, southern comfort takes over, showcasing a farmhouse that blends modern convenience with rusticity.

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A contemporary farmhouse design
Wooden floor options

Wooden floor options

When it comes to a building material that ticks all the boxes timber is the natural choice providing warmth, character and value –while looking better with age.  

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Wooden floor options
Car parking solutions

Car parking solutions

Parking areas, whether residential or commercial, have, over the years, been designed almost as an afterthought – designed solely for function rather than aesthetics. What are the next few years bringing in terms of parking solutions?

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Car parking solutions
Home renovation experiences

Home renovation experiences

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart reflects on how renovation work can be a head-on collision between dreams and realities. 

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Home renovation experiences