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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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How to conduct an energy audit on your home

How to conduct an energy audit on your home

Stop energy bills stop burning a hole in your pocket. Summer is the perfect season to complete a home energy audit; there’s a year’s worth of power bills stacked up so you can see exactly what you’ve spent, and the longer daylight hours provide the time to complete a range of minor alterations.

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How to conduct an energy audit on your home
Common Misconceptions about Skylights Explained

Common Misconceptions about Skylights Explained

A popular feature in many NZ homes, skylights seem divide public opinion on whether they are worth the trouble. In this article, we reveal the truth about skylights in New Zealand homes.

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Common Misconceptions about Skylights Explained
The Renovation Consent Process

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.

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The Renovation Consent Process
How do I go about building a granny flat

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.

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How do I go about building a granny flat
Top 5 tips for renovation projects

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.

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Top 5 tips for renovation projects
Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating

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.

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Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
Ten unique renovation ideas

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.

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Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

We all get that urge to get started on a reno after watching a dramatic, fast-paced renovation TV series – but how real is it? By Carly Flynn.

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Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life
Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home

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.

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Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home
Tips when renovating an apartment

Tips when renovating an apartment

These must-know tips will help you sidestep the pitfalls that can come with renovating an apartment before anything goes wrong.

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Tips when renovating an apartment
The importance of interior design

The importance of interior design

A new addition prompts some serious action by our serial renovator, who has experienced first hand the benefit of calling in a renovation specialist.

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The importance of interior design
Window insulation options that can save you money

Window insulation options that can save you money

Installing effective window insulation can be pricey, but investing smart from the start will save you money and increase the value of your property.

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Window insulation options that can save you money
Home heating

Home heating

Are you into modern gas fireplaces? Or do you prefer old-fashioned wood-burning fire? In this column, Duncan Stuart shares his experiences with home heating.

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Home heating
How to maintain your property in the winter

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.

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How to maintain your property in the winter
How important is sustainable design in the 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.  

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How important is sustainable design in the home?
Eco-living

Eco-living

When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.

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Eco-living