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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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Converting a commercial property into a home

Converting a commercial property into a home

Converting a commercial property into a home may be challenging, but the process can be uniquely rewarding. Find advice and inspiration for when you come across a property you want to convert.

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Converting a commercial property into a home
A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use

A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use

Maximise the use of your outdoor area with a Victoria+Albert freestanding bath from Robertson - a luxurious addition to any interior or exterior setting.

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A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use
Maximise your outdoor living

Maximise your outdoor living

With a little bit of planning and the right accessories, you can enjoy your outdoor living areas all year round. Here is how.

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Maximise your outdoor living
Kitchen styles to choose from

Kitchen styles to choose from

Creating a new kitchen can be one of the most satisfying renovation projects. Finding a style you love is the first step to getting started – we look at four of the best.

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Kitchen styles to choose from
Buying to renovate

Buying to renovate

Our specialists share their insight on what to look out for when buying a do-upper.

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Buying to renovate
Re-upholstery advice

Re-upholstery advice

If you would like to breathe new life into your furniture and think it would be nice to have reupholstered, here's what you need to know and plan for and what you should look out for when choosing fabric to ensure you make the right decision.

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Re-upholstery advice
Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

A well designed home exudes a feeling of cohesion; everything feels just right. There’s a magic ingredient – subtle, yet powerful – that will help you achieve this. It’s called ‘rhythm’ and is a key interior design principle. By Donna White.

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Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge
Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage

Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage

If you are thinking of renovating and contemporary urban looks are your style, you’ll definitely want to check out the following popular tile collections.

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Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage
Villa Renovation Tips

Villa Renovation Tips

Jostling for space on leaf-lined, inner-city streets, and punctuating pot-holed gravel routes located well off the beaten track, the classic Kiwi villa is often exposed in various states of renovation, from Cape Reinga to Bluff...

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Villa Renovation Tips
Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation

Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation

Are you looking to buy a do-upper to transform into your dream home? Or have you been living in your house for a while and are ready to make some alterations? Here are the key steps that will help you plan your renovation and create the home you want.

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Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation
Choosing the right colour for your home

Choosing the right colour for your home

Tips, tricks and great advice for choosing colour for your home from Renovate magazine’s very own interior design expert.

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Choosing the right colour for your home
Tips on choosing art

Tips on choosing art

In addition to colour and wallpaper, art can take centre stage when decorating your walls. Renovate’s interior design expert explains how.

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Tips on choosing art
Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene

Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene

Resene has a handy new product into store called Bug Juice.  It’s new into the country but has been used for over 20 years in America.  It kills crawling and flying insects on contact with treated surfaces inside or outside

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Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene
Media room planning tips

Media room planning tips

Advances in technology and lower costs mean an environment dedicated to enjoying in-home entertainment is no longer something you only see in the movies. If the space is there, all that’s required is careful planning, professional advice and a little imagination.

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Media room planning tips
Guide to making your floor a feature to be proud of

Guide to making your floor a feature to be proud of

A fabulous floor can add style and value to your home. Here’s our guide to making your floor a feature to be proud of.

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Guide to making your floor a feature to be proud of
Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s

Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s

Many houses of this era have retained their appearance and character – strongly influenced by state housing – but modifications are often necessary and can make a real difference to the performance of the home.

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Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s