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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Renovators have innumerable options for creating dream outdoor eating spaces; it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.
Is your house properly covered?
With all the changes to house insurance, you may be wondering whether you’re property is covered.