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.
Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows
The latest on solar roof ventilation within older New Zealand homes.
Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home
How well do you know your roof? If words like jerkinhead, saltbox, cross-hipped and sawtooth are new to you…then you’re about to discover a whole new world. Those are just some of the names you might come across when planning your roof renovation project. In this article, we give an overview of some different design options, along with their pros and cons.
Saniflo's advice on how to create an alfresco bathroom
Imagine showering outside on a summer morning, hearing the sounds of nature and feeling a gentle breeze on your wet skin. If you have ever had an outdoor shower, you will know why so many homeowners revere this simple luxury. In this article, Saniflo gives their best advice for creating an outdoor bathroom that you will love.
The Renovation Consent Process
Finding a house that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but, for a growing number of homeowners, the solution is to stay put and embark on a renovation project to create their dream home.
How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?
Wouldn’t it be great to fuel up at home? With rapid advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, it is prudent for any renovator today to future proof their garage with a dedicated EV charging circuit. Turning your garage into a filling station is an easy thing to achieve.
How do I go about building a granny flat
They might sound old-fashioned, but granny flats are one of the hottest trends in construction right now. We’ve answered the most popular questions when it comes to creating a granny flat.
Top 5 tips for renovation projects
The success of any renovation project is in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t think anyone nurses deep regrets after renovating their own home. We know how things looked beforehand so we appreciate the improvements. Today, thanks to a knocked-out wall, there’s a new kitchen that opens up to the living room. Way better! By Duncan Stuart.
Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
Often, the excitement of a renovation can become all too much, with the idea that renovations can be somewhat ‘easy’. We have zoned in on the 5 crucial pitfalls that could happen when undertaking the well-deserved makeover on your abode.
Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. It doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. We’ve gathered some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next project.
Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home
Renovate writer and family woman Erin Reilly is beyond excited for her one-bedroom house to be transformed into a homely three-bedroom abode for herself and her young family. Erin shares her progress with Refresh Renovations from start to finish.
A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera
This state house renovation promised an open and modern but eminently functional home. The result is the perfect reflection of the owners’ shared aesthetic and is now a three-storey design showpiece.
How to maintain your property in the winter
Property maintenance is always important, but it becomes paramount during winter. These are our top tips for maintaining and adding value to your home this season.
A modern family-friendly villa renovation in Auckland’s Herne Bay
Traditional villa styling blended with contemporary design creates a stunning ‘yin and yang’ Auckland family home.
How important is sustainable design in the home?
Refresh Renovations specialist Tim Walters, advises home owners on the importance of sustainable design in the home and the options available when renovating.
Renovating a brand new home
Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.
Making the decision to renovate
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions.