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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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Create a future-proofed home

Create a future-proofed home

You don’t have to sacrifice a stylish home design to create an accessible home base for all mobility levels. By integrating the basic principles of Universal Design when renovating, you can create a future-proofed home that is suitable not only for you into old age but also for your whole family as their lifestyles change.

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Create a future-proofed home
Planning a bungalow renovation

Planning a bungalow renovation

New Zealand bungalows have a distinctive character that can easily be lost or destroyed – so it’s important to understand the home’s unique features and common problems when planning a renovation.

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Planning a bungalow renovation
Renovating homes built during the 1970s

Renovating homes built during the 1970s

New living styles, new materials and new modular construction methods – houses built during the 1970’s took the architectural styles of previous decades to cities and towns across the country, from Twizel and Turangi through to Cromwell and Auckland.

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Renovating homes built during the 1970s
Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. They provide an intimate connection to the surrounding environment, allow light and warmth to stream in and control ventilation. They can also make a bold statement about your style and the way you live.

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Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home
Lighting advice

Lighting advice

Few projects demonstrate the power of lighting as well as this Omanu house in the Bay of Plenty. Lighting is a tool that can set certain moods, add drama and ultimately turn your house into a welcoming home.

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Lighting advice
Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow

Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow

Windows and doors play a major role within any home. They provide indoor-outdoor flow, ventilation, light, safety, security, comfort and aesthetic style.

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Choosing the right windows and doors for indoor-outdoor flow
Planning new feature lighting for your home

Planning new feature lighting for your home

Feature lighting can be one or more decorative light fixtures that make a statement in your home. It can be a chandelier or pendant, cluster of pendants, wall light or even a floor lamp.

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Planning new feature lighting for your home
Replacing carpet with wooden flooring

Replacing carpet with wooden flooring

Modern floor plans lean towards one floor covering throughout the living areas and hard flooring is the product of choice.

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Replacing carpet with wooden flooring
Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand

Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand

Fantastic wallpapers, crazy colour combinations and textured carpets come to mind when thinking about 1970s homes.

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Renovating homes built in the 1970s in New Zealand
Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

When undertaking any renovation project, the most important thing to consider is project management.

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Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?
Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck

Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck

The enclosure of an existing house porch or deck, like all new building work, must meet the relevant performance requirements of the Building Code.

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Legal requirements for enclosing an existing porch or deck
Rules for residential buildings on structural changes

Rules for residential buildings on structural changes

As of March 2012 any structural work or work that affects the weather tightness of a residential building such as load bearing walls, foundations, roofing and cladding, is now classified as Restricted Building Work and must be completed or supervised by a Licensed Building Practitioner.

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Rules for residential buildings on structural changes
What do you need a building consent for?

What do you need a building consent for?

To apply for a building consent most building consent authorities have developed checklists and instructions on how to assemble your application. This will help you lodge the correct information for the councils to work from.

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What do you need a building consent for?
How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?

How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?

Not everything in your home has to be pristine. The battered and tired state of old wooden furniture can add to its appeal. Borer damage in an old chest of drawers, for example, can enhance its character, provided of course that the borer beetle is removed.

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How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?