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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?
When undertaking any renovation project, the most important thing to consider is project management.
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.
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.
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.
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.