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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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All about Tiny Homes

All about Tiny Homes

In recent years, tiny homes have become the preferred lifestyle choice for many individuals, couples and families across the world - particularly throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the United States. Minimalism is on the rise - with Netflix shows such as “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” encouraging residents to live simply and intentionally. On Youtube, too, people have built careers off of exploring different approaches to minimalistic living. What is it about tiny homes and minimal living that has so many people choosing small spaces over grand designs?  

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All about Tiny Homes
The pros and cons of tiny homes

The pros and cons of tiny homes

Have you ever thought about living in a tiny home? Due to their affordability, sustainability and mobility, they are a lifestyle move that is drawing worldwide interest.

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The pros and cons of tiny homes
Choosing the Perfect Attic Stairs

Choosing the Perfect Attic Stairs

When we renovate, we are often looking to increase storage in our homes. A simple and cost-effective way is to use an Attic Stair to access your roof space.
 

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Choosing the Perfect Attic Stairs
Resilient Flooring

Resilient Flooring

Resilient flooring includes vinyl, linoleum, cork and rubber. It is potentially the most cost-effective option for your home.

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Resilient Flooring
Renovating the right response

Renovating the right response

Far too often we see renovation projects that end up a mismatch of ideas with a total lack of coherence, the spaces created are ok, but they could have been great.

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Renovating the right response
Creating Value in your Renovation

Creating Value in your Renovation

Renovating your home is an exciting venture but it is important to be strategic when deciding where to spend your money.

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Creating Value in your Renovation
Ultimate guide to Bathroom Renovations

Ultimate guide to Bathroom Renovations

Refresh Renovations has completed hundreds of bathroom renovations around the world, and although bathroom trends change year to year and country to country, we've found that some principles are universal and stand the test of time. We’ve compiled all of the knowledge we’ve gained over the years to create this ultimate resource to bathroom renovations. In this guide we will cover every aspect of renovating your bathroom, from maximising space, to choosing your materials to the estimated costs.

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Ultimate guide to Bathroom Renovations
Lighting: what to consider when renovating?

Lighting: what to consider when renovating?

Find out how to create moments within each space by highlighting specific features and creating the right mood - through lighting.

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Lighting: what to consider when renovating?
Why should I choose a shipping container home?

Why should I choose a shipping container home?

Container homes are an attractive option for many reasons. We will explain why shipping container homes are so popular and what you should know before buying or renovating one.

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Why should I choose a shipping container home?
Risks of open plan living

Risks of open plan living

“Open plan living” is a phrase you hear on every reality television show and see on the front of every living magazine, but is it really all that it’s made out to be?

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Risks of open plan living
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