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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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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
Renovating shipping containers into a home

Renovating shipping containers into a home

When Malcolm McLean launched his proto-shipping containers in 1956, who could have guessed that over half a century later they would become one of the most fiercely debated forms of residential architecture?

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Renovating shipping containers into a home
Kitchen trends that can save you money

Kitchen trends that can save you money

Kitchens are a hot topic with homeowners and renovators, and for good reason. We spend a significant amount of time here…preparing food, feeding the kids, entertaining guests…it’s where it all happens. We’re taking a look at the latest trends and how you can keep your kitchen renovation costs low.

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Kitchen trends that can save you money
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
How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation

How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation

David Wright, Growth Manager at Junk Run Ltd, answers how you can re-use and recycle a lot of the materials from your renovation.

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How to re-use and recycle materials from your renovation
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
How to prevent borer

How to prevent borer

When it comes to the integrity of your home, preventing borer, which can promote wood rot, is a major factor that needs to be addressed. David Birttain, Technical Support Manager at Kiwicare Corporation Ltd, answers how you can prevent borer attacks.

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How to prevent borer
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?
Decorating with mirrors

Decorating with mirrors

Mirrors are not only beautiful, but functional too - serving a purpose in every home. Interior designer Donna White tells us how to decorate the home with mirrors.

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Decorating with mirrors
Create an open-plan space

Create an open-plan space

Creating more of an open-plan feel to your home can maximise the space you already have. Here are some tips on how to start to achieve this.

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Create an open-plan space
Future-proof your kitchen

Future-proof your kitchen

With more homeowners planning to ‘age in place’, the focus is increasingly on the best way to ensure convenience, comfort and safety as we look to the future. Here are some tips and advice on future-proof design when renovating your kitchen.

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Future-proof your kitchen
How much do shipping container home extensions cost?

How much do shipping container home extensions cost?

Shipping containers are popping up all over the place. We’re seeing these self-supporting structures as shops, as cafes, as offices, extensions and even complete homes! In this artcicle, we'll look at why this modular structure has gained so much popularity and what the true cost of building a container home is likely to be. 

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How much do shipping container home extensions cost?
Glass options to brighten your home

Glass options to brighten your home

Glass doesn’t have to be restricted to windows. We bring you glass trends that will not only brighten up rooms, but will also bring a contemporary and modern look to your home.

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Glass options to brighten your home
Alfresco outdoors

Alfresco outdoors

Renovators have innumerable options for creating dream outdoor eating spaces; it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

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Alfresco outdoors
Is your house properly covered?

Is your house properly covered?

With all the changes to house insurance, you may be wondering whether you’re property is covered.

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Is your house properly covered?