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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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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
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
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
How to renovate a California bungalow

How to renovate a California bungalow

With their simple interior layout, loads of character and charm and large yards, California bungalows allow plenty of options for renovating and extending to suit modern family life.

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How to renovate a California bungalow
Renovating your rental

Renovating your rental

These are your realistic options if you’re dying to renovate or make some handy additions to your rental home. 

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Renovating your rental
Ventilating your loft room

Ventilating your loft room

Renovation consultant Diana May, gives homeowners advice on ventilating a recently renovated loft. 

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Ventilating your loft room
How your home can contribute to your retirement plan

How your home can contribute to your retirement plan

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, explains why renovating a home is becoming a key part of a retirement strategy and gives some options for efficient financial planning. 

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How your home can contribute to your retirement plan
Tauranga renovation builders

Tauranga renovation builders

The city of Tauranga embodies all the qualities one might expect from a region known as the Bay of Plenty. With its sweeping arc of ocean beach, restful harbour, high sunshine hours and close proximity to so many North Island main centres, it is no wonder that this is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

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Tauranga renovation builders
Franklin renovation builders

Franklin renovation builders

Auckland meets Waikato in Franklin, a largely rural region that stretches from the wild-wet Awhitu Peninsular to the soporific Firth of Thames. Famed for its rich soils and plentiful sunshine, agriculture is Franklin’s backbone. Yet even farmers like some luxuries and big city sophistication mixes easy with the rarefied country air.

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Franklin renovation builders
Indoor/outdoor flow ideas

Indoor/outdoor flow ideas

Summer’s in the air and al fresco get-togethers with family and friends are on the agenda. Having a coordinated indoor-outdoor flow in your home will make it easier to entertain, and creates a spacious chill-out space for you and your loved ones. Here are some ideas on how to set up your ideal indoor-outdoor haven.

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Indoor/outdoor flow ideas
How to improve your bathroom on a budget

How to improve your bathroom on a budget

Starting from only a few hundred dollars when you consider installing extractor fans or rain shower fittings through to several thousand dollars when it comes to underfloor heating or waterproof entertainment systems – there are options that improve the bathroom experience to suit every budget. Take a look at some of the best bathroom add-ons.

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How to improve your bathroom on a budget
Rodney renovation builders

Rodney renovation builders

It has been said that New Zealand’s weather is a bit like experiencing four seasons in one day (thanks, Crowded House). While the weather metaphor might not be accurate, the diversity one is when it comes to renovating in the Rodney district.

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Rodney renovation builders
The A to Z of financial knowledge

The A to Z of financial knowledge

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, highlights how most money blunders can be avoided by learning about financial matters early on – it’s as easy as ABC.

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The A to Z of financial knowledge
Manawatu renovation builders

Manawatu renovation builders

With affordable living, short commute times, a prestigious university and exceptional recreational opportunities, the Manawatu is fast becoming an attractive prospect for those seeking a relaxed family lifestyle. As a result, many Manawatu towns have caught the renovation bug.

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Manawatu renovation builders
Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is it background or foreground, art or decoration, vulgar or respectable, a substitute, or the real thing, questions Donna White.

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Is wallpaper right for your room?