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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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Top 5 renovation additions

Top 5 renovation additions

If you are looking for a way to create more living and sleeping space for your family, these home extensions, additions and conversions are sure to provide inspiration.

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Top 5 renovation additions
Why should I choose a shipping container home?

Why should I choose a shipping container home?

Container homes are an attractive option for many reasons. We will explain why shipping container homes are so popular and what you should know before buying or renovating one.

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Why should I choose a shipping container home?
Container homes vs tiny homes

Container homes vs tiny homes

Tiny houses have been growing in popularity with New Zealanders over the past few years. They offer affordable, personalised living that you can take on the road or base on a section of land. They also fit into the increasingly attractive minimalist lifestyle. But are they superior to container homes?

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Container homes vs tiny homes
Extending to Add Value

Extending to Add Value

Refresh Renovations offer design and build services for homeowners looking for extensions, new-builds and home renovations.

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Extending to Add Value
Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne

Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne

Melbourne homeowners David and Paola had decided that their garage was not being used to its full potential. Seeing the opportunity, they replaced the oversized garage with a two storey brick extension. The aim of the extension was to reduce the total footprint of the dwelling while creating more internal living space, and maximising the outdoor area.

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Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne
10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe

10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe

Well-designed wardrobes can make your day to day life easier and increase the value of your home. If you’re thinking of creating a walk in wardrobe but don’t know where to begin, here are our top 10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe.

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10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe
Creating a Roof Terrace in NZ

Creating a Roof Terrace in NZ

As far as renovations go, this one is sure to impress. Imagine enjoying the sunset or entertaining guests on your very own rooftop lounge area. If you’re keen to create your own little piece of roof-top paradise, we bring you some need-to-know tips.

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Creating a Roof Terrace in NZ
Top tips when choosing stairs for your home

Top tips when choosing stairs for your home

Stairs do much more than connect two floors of your home. They bring a substantial design element and can add to the overall theme of a home. Find out more about how to choose the right staircase for your next home renovation.

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Top tips when choosing stairs for your home
Converting a garage into a living space in NZ

Converting a garage into a living space in NZ

If you want to add more living space to your home without extending the floorplan, then you’ve thought about converting your garage into a living area. In this article, we will go through some of the key questions to ask before getting your hands dirty.

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Converting a garage into a living space in NZ
What are the restrictions when building a garage?

What are the restrictions when building a garage?

Building a garage, while a relatively simple process, can accumulate some cost depending on the level of consent required. Read this guide before starting your renovation project.

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What are the restrictions when building a garage?
The Renovation Consent Process

The Renovation Consent Process

Finding a house that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but, for a growing number of homeowners, the solution is to stay put and embark on a renovation project to create their dream home.

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The Renovation Consent Process
How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

Wouldn’t it be great to fuel up at home? With rapid advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, it is prudent for any renovator today to future proof their garage with a dedicated EV charging circuit. Turning your garage into a filling station is an easy thing to achieve.

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How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?
How do I go about building a granny flat

How do I go about building a granny flat

They might sound old-fashioned, but granny flats are one of the hottest trends in construction right now. We’ve answered the most popular questions when it comes to creating a granny flat.

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How do I go about building a granny flat
Top 5 tips for renovation projects

Top 5 tips for renovation projects

The success of any renovation project is in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t think anyone nurses deep regrets after renovating their own home. We know how things looked beforehand so we appreciate the improvements. Today, thanks to a knocked-out wall, there’s a new kitchen that opens up to the living room. Way better! By Duncan Stuart.

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Top 5 tips for renovation projects
Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating

Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating

Often, the excitement of a renovation can become all too much, with the idea that renovations can be somewhat ‘easy’. We have zoned in on the 5 crucial pitfalls that could happen when undertaking the well-deserved makeover on your abode.

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Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
A river-view home renovation in Auckland

A river-view home renovation in Auckland

A property’s potential was realised with the modernisation of four rundown dwellings with river views in an up and coming area of Auckland.  

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A river-view home renovation in Auckland