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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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The benefits of the design-build process

The benefits of the design-build process

The “design-build” model comparatively, has the client, builder and architect all work together from the very start of a design to complete the client’s vision based on a set budget.

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The benefits of the design-build process
Creating a functional laundry

Creating a functional laundry

Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a laundry that looks good and works hard every day of the week.

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Creating a functional laundry
What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?

What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?

Whether you're a homeowner ready to make some updates or a potential first-time homebuyer, the recent cuts to the OCR could mean big things for your situation.

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What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?
Tips for Residential Lighting

Tips for Residential Lighting

The following are some functional aspects to consider for residential lighting when considering how to light various rooms in your house.

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Tips for Residential Lighting
Make over your money, before you make over your home

Make over your money, before you make over your home

So, you have big plans - a spacious new kitchen, a luxe new bathroom, a stylish new bedroom, or maybe all of the above. The next step is figuring out how on earth to pay for it all.

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Make over your money, before you make over your home
50 Shades of Beige

50 Shades of Beige

Beige is in.  It’s safe. Easier to choose yourself. And it meets the needs of most customers. 

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50 Shades of Beige
The recipe for major renovation success

The recipe for major renovation success

Kim Reiche, Director of Refresh Renovations Franklin and Manukau, shares the secret ingredients required for a successful renovation project and tips on how to keep unexpected costs minimised.

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The recipe for major renovation success
Deciding who should renovate your home

Deciding who should renovate your home

Find out what to look for in a renovations company when you are considering renovating your home.

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Deciding who should renovate your home
The Importance of Early Decision Making

The Importance of Early Decision Making

When it comes to bathroom renovations, there's a lot plan! The Tile Depot shares their top planning and product tips with Refresh.

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The Importance of Early Decision Making
How to Create a Hamptons Style Home

How to Create a Hamptons Style Home

A Hamptons style home is a celebration of refined seaside relaxation; a haven to gather family, entertain friends and reconnect with the healing ocean ions.

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How to Create a Hamptons Style Home
Renovation Hacks for small apartments

Renovation Hacks for small apartments

Creative hacks in construction and renovation can make all the difference to turning your tiny space into the perfect amount of space, just by thinking a little more creatively.

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Renovation Hacks for small apartments
Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition

Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition

Demolition disaster stories are common, but is there a way of avoiding disaster before embarking on the demolition phase of your home?

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Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition
Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?

Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?

A great ventilation system, such as Unovent brings fresh, dry air into your home pushing out damp foul air efficiently and quietly from the home, creating a healthy home environment

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Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?
The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager

The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager

If the hero of a classic Western is the good-looking cowboy who rides in on horseback, the hero of any building site is the project manager. Convinced you’d do a better job than a project manager? Here are a few reasons why you’re wrong.

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The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager
Adding value to your property – what to consider?

Adding value to your property – what to consider?

If you want to get the best return possible on your property, there are a few straightforward ways to add value - without breaking the bank. In this article, we show you a few budget-friendly ways to get started.  

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Adding value to your property – what to consider?
He said, what? Decoding building lingo

He said, what? Decoding building lingo

The following line-up clarifies a few of the physical descriptors that renovators will likely hear in relation to their property.

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He said, what? Decoding building lingo