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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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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 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
Ten unique renovation ideas

Ten unique renovation ideas

Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes, it’s the unusual, the quirky, the unique that makes a project. Renovation doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. It can be whatever you want it to be. We’ve gathered together some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next renovation project.

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Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

We all get that urge to get started on a reno after watching a dramatic, fast-paced renovation TV series – but how real is it? By Carly Flynn.

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Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life
Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home

Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home

Renovate writer and family woman Erin Reilly is beyond excited for her one-bedroom house to be transformed into a homely three-bedroom abode for herself and her young family. Erin shares her progress with Refresh Renovations from start to finish.

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Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home
All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

Lofts are generally big and empty, but a visionary homeowner can transform an extraordinary blank canvas into something truly unique.

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All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment
The importance of interior design

The importance of interior design

A new addition prompts some serious action by our serial renovator, who has experienced first hand the benefit of calling in a renovation specialist.

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The importance of interior design
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
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