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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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A villa makeover in Auckland

A villa makeover in Auckland

Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.

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A villa makeover in Auckland
An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.

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An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland
Clever storage tricks to declutter your home

Clever storage tricks to declutter your home

Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading or simply changing the style of your home, decluttering your abode is an essential step in setting the scene, sparking creative ideas and taking the stress out of your renovation.

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Clever storage tricks to declutter your home
A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay

A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay

Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.

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A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay
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
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
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
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
Natural stone lookalikes

Natural stone lookalikes

Forget kitchens and bathrooms, modern and natural-looking stone tiles have found their way into most spaces within homes, including living rooms and bedrooms. 

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Natural stone lookalikes
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