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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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Interior Renovation Checklist

Interior Renovation Checklist

Get clear on your renovation ideas using our interior checklist.

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Interior Renovation Checklist
The benefits of the design-build process

The benefits of the design-build process

The “design-build” model comparatively, has the client, builder and architect all work together from the very start of a design to complete the client’s vision based on a set budget.

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The benefits of the design-build process
Creating a functional laundry

Creating a functional laundry

Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a laundry that looks good and works hard every day of the week.

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Creating a functional laundry
What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?

What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?

Whether you're a homeowner ready to make some updates or a potential first-time homebuyer, the recent cuts to the OCR could mean big things for your situation.

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What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?
Tips for Residential Lighting

Tips for Residential Lighting

The following are some functional aspects to consider for residential lighting when considering how to light various rooms in your house.

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Tips for Residential Lighting
Make over your money, before you make over your home

Make over your money, before you make over your home

So, you have big plans - a spacious new kitchen, a luxe new bathroom, a stylish new bedroom, or maybe all of the above. The next step is figuring out how on earth to pay for it all.

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Make over your money, before you make over your home
Style VS Trends - Kitchen Benchtops

Style VS Trends - Kitchen Benchtops

Style doesn’t date. And classic should not be confused with a traditional look. It can represent modern.

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Style VS Trends - Kitchen Benchtops
Creating a functional bathroom

Creating a functional bathroom

Whether it’s a family bathroom or your renovating for retirement, our checklist takes you through what you need to know.

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Creating a functional bathroom
50 Shades of Beige

50 Shades of Beige

Beige is in.  It’s safe. Easier to choose yourself. And it meets the needs of most customers. 

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50 Shades of Beige
Bathroom Renovations - Why You Should Hire an Expert

Bathroom Renovations - Why You Should Hire an Expert

Bathrooms are one of the most commonly renovated rooms in houses. They are also one of the most susceptible to cost and time overruns. Unfortunately, self-managing them likely will run into time and cost overruns, and poor-quality finishing.

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Bathroom Renovations - Why You Should Hire an Expert
The recipe for major renovation success

The recipe for major renovation success

Kim Reiche, Director of Refresh Renovations Franklin and Manukau, shares the secret ingredients required for a successful renovation project and tips on how to keep unexpected costs minimised.

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The recipe for major renovation success
Deciding who should renovate your home

Deciding who should renovate your home

Find out what to look for in a renovations company when you are considering renovating your home.

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Deciding who should renovate your home
Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows

Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows

The latest on solar roof ventilation within older New Zealand homes.

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Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows
Trend report: internal glass and metal doors: what to consider

Trend report: internal glass and metal doors: what to consider

Internal doors have a great impact on the look and feel of your space – and the recent trend of using black-framed metal glass doors brings a bit of New York loft-style glamour to your home.

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Trend report: internal glass and metal doors: what to consider
The Smart Renovator’s Guide to Kitchen Renovations

The Smart Renovator’s Guide to Kitchen Renovations

Refresh has completed hundreds of kitchen renovations in New Zealand, so we know the ins and outs of what makes a successful kitchen renovation. We've distilled all of this information down for you in this Guide to Kitchen Renovations, and packed it with resources so you can get clued up on what you need to know before you begin.

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The Smart Renovator’s Guide to Kitchen Renovations
Inspirational Kitchen Ideas

Inspirational Kitchen Ideas

Central to the flow and function of everyday life, kitchens play a major role in your home. No matter if you are planning for simple updates or a major makeover, here are some amazing kitchen styles to use as inspiration.

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Inspirational Kitchen Ideas