The Cost of Renovating in Nelson

Learn about the costs of various types of home renovations and extensions in Nelson.

The Cost of Renovating Your Home in Nelson

Making improvements to your home adds value in the long run. Before you get started with your home renovation planning, it can be helpful to have an idea of what certain types of renovations will cost. Let Refresh Renovations arm you with the vital pricing information and prepare you for a smoother renovation process. 

Renovation vs remodel

Though the two are often used interchangeably, a renovation and a remodel have distinct definitions. A renovation focuses on restoring and repairs (like turning an outdated kitchen into a modern one) while a remodel changes the actual form of a space (like adding a new shower or vanity to an existing bathroom).

Renovations that add the most value to your home

House Renovation: A full home renovation can transform a tired, dated house into a modern marvel. This Nelson home renovation saw a completely new style from the inside out. A house renovation can be a worthwhile investment that can raise your home’s value and your quality of life.

House Extension: Change your home to reflect your lifestyle with a home extension. Whether you have a growing family or simply want more space, adding a bedroom, bathroom, or outdoor living area can make a huge impact.

Kitchen Renovation: Potential buyers often look at the kitchen when choosing a house. Put your best foot forward with a kitchen renovation that embraces style and functionality. Though a high end kitchen renovation cost might be steep, investing well in this area of the home can benefit your home’s resale value in the long run.

Bathroom Renovation: These rooms see plenty of wear and tear over the years. Freshly finished bathrooms can go a long way in terms of resale value!

Basement Renovation: Transform an underused basement into an extra bedroom, study, rumpus room, music studio, or guest suite. 

Add a garage: Whether you’re after more storage space, a place to park your car, or a spot for an at-home gym, a garage is noteworthy renovation that can make your property stand out.

Kitchen with large window

Which type of renovation is the most costly?

Renovation costs depend heavily upon a few key factors, including the size and scope of your project, labour costs, and materials used.

Typically, the bigger the home renovation, the more costly. That’s why renovations that span several rooms or an entire home are the most expensive, coming in around $110,000 - $720,000+*

Renovations that require multiple trades, like kitchens and bathrooms, will also incur significant costs. These renovations often need plumbing, rewiring, flooring, and appliance and fixture installation, which can require extra money in your budget!

*Costs are shown as an indicative guide of what previous projects have cost. The costs of renovating a home increase each year as material and labour costs rise. For an estimate/quote on your specific project, please consult your local Refresh Renovations® specialist to find out more about our planning, design and build process.

What will it cost to renovate my kitchen in Nelson?

What will it cost to renovate my kitchen in Nelson?The size and scope of your renovation will influence the price tag. When you choose to work with Refresh Renovations, you will have a Renovation Consultant that will act as your guide through the entire design-and-build process to deliver a kitchen you’ll be proud to show off. Your Consultant will also guide you through prices and help you allocate your budget.

A basic kitchen renovation is one that simply updates the look and feel of your space with updated cabinetry, flooring, and splashbacks. These can cost less than $35,000*.

For a larger-scale kitchen renovation, be prepared to spend upwards of $50,000* for major plumbing and electrical work.

Read more about the latest trends and tips for renovating your kitchen in Nelson.

kitchen renovation in Nelson

How Much Does a Home Renovation Cost?

Prices vary the most when it comes to an entire home renovation. Create the wow-factor by keeping costs low when you opt for cosmetic upgrades like updated fittings, fixtures, and fresh coats of paint throughout the home. This type of home renovation costs around $110,000*.

When you choose to work with Refresh our local Renovation Consultants have connections to a range of contractors like plumbers, electricians, and house painters in Nelson who provide top-quality services, sometimes at discounted rates.

Read more about the costs for home renovations here.

Renovations less likely to add value

Some renovations boost home value more than others. While the following might enhance your lifestyle, they don’t always matter as much in terms of property value:

Swimming pools

Though a swimming pool is highly coveted in some areas, it’s not a renovation that’s going to make a huge difference to homeowners. This is because having a swimming pool might be more important to some than to others. In addition, the size, shape, and overall look of the swimming pool area is quite personal.

Home theatres

While enjoying a movie in your private cinema sounds like a luxury, it’s not something that most homeowners are looking for. Your money could be better spent on renovating the more crucial areas of your home like the kitchen and bathrooms.

Smart home technology

Smart technology can be seen as an added bonus, but not necessarily a dealbreaker. Most homeowners are after stylish, functional basics before technology.

Kitchen with freestanding waterfall island

Why Renovate with Refresh?

When you choose to renovate with Refresh, you benefit from a bespoke, 5-step design-and-build process that is created with ease in mind. You’ll be assigned a designated Renovation Consultant in Nelson who will be with you every step of the way, from planning your layouts and designing your space, to overseeing construction and helping with paperwork.

Having an expert as your single point of contact can take some of the stress and guesswork out of the renovation process, which can be incredibly overwhelming. Plus, Refresh Renovations is a trusted brand in the industry with access to a wide network of loyal contractors and suppliers to bring your home renovation to fruition.

Learn more about the work of our renovation specialists in Nelson and the various services on offer.

How to plan your renovation costs and budget like a pro

A major perk of working with Refresh is that you will have your Renovation Consultant’s expert assistance when it comes to complete home renovation costs and budgeting.

From the outset, you’ll establish your budget and work out a maximum spend. Your Renovation Consultant will determine if that is feasible given the size and complexity of your project. After that budget has been determined, your Renovation Consultant will work to ensure that your budget is allocated in the most effective and efficient way to deliver the most beautiful results.

Modern bathroom with timber accents

Reasons for renovating in Nelson

There are many reasons you might choose to renovate. Some of the most common that we’ve seen locally include: 

  • Updating outdated features: Nelson is home to plenty of traditional style homes with lots of charm, but also lots of outdated features. You might renovate to upgrade these features for a highly efficient and beautiful home.
  • Increasing home value: Add value to your home with a fresh, modern kitchen or bathroom renovation. Or maybe a full exterior and interior home renovation will make your home look more appealing on the market. Whatever the reason, an increase in home value is a positive side effect of renovating your home.
  • Creating more space: Accommodate a growing family or add a home office or gym with a home extension. 
  • Personalising the home: Leave your mark with a style that speaks to you. Whether it’s classic, contemporary, or a mixture of the two, a home renovation is key to creative expression.
  • Improving energy efficiency: Another way to add value is to improve energy efficiency in your home. Drive down power bills and make a positive impact on the environment with an assortment of sustainable solutions.
  • Improving indoor and outdoor living: Kiwis love seamless indoor-outdoor flow. A renovation can add easy transitions from inside to outside with sliding doors, louvre roofs, and more.

Read more about the benefits of a home renovation in Nelson.

Why do you need a renovation specialist in Nelson?

Working with a professional renovation specialist like Refresh comes with its share of benefits. These include:

  • Expertise and experience in various renovations 
  • Budgeting and cost management
  • Creative problem solving 
  • Increased resale value
  • Space planning
  • Storage solutions
  • Lighting advice

How much does it cost to insulate your home in Nelson?

Proper insulation is top-of-mind for potential buyers across the country. It’s also a crucial part of creating a comfortable home for you and your family. Costs can range from $2,500 - $4,500 for floor and ceiling insulation in a typical Kiwi home. Your Renovation Consultant will be able to provide you with a more exact price after assessing your home.

Laundry with sleek white palette

How much does a custom bathroom renovation cost?

Because bathrooms get a lot of traffic, they are one of the most popular rooms to renovate in New Zealand homes. Depending on the extent of a project, a bathroom reno cost can range from $20,000 to $90,000+*. Click to explore different considerations for pricing your bathroom renovation.

Work with Refresh’s bathroom renovation specialists in Nelson to either lightly refresh your current bathroom or completely transform your space into a serene oasis. Your Renovation Consultant will provide you with custom solutions for your bathroom renovation in New Zealand.

Discover what Refresh Renovations can offer in terms of bespoke bathroom renovations.

How much does it cost to build a garage?

A new garage can serve a multitude of purposes, including housing your car, extra storage, place, a laundry area, or even a home gym. The price for a new garage can vary depending on the size and materials used to construct the space.

Basic garages are typically standalone units because attaching a garage to your home requires more in-depth engineering that can hike the cost. A standard single car garage is typically 3.5 by 6 metres and costs between $35,000 and $45,000*.

A mid-range garage might have room for two cars, plus a sealed concrete floor and room for more storage and even a laundry. These garages might also connect to the house. You can expect to pay between $45,000 and $65,000* for one of these.

And lastly, a high-end garage is one with three or more car spaces and that has insulation. These premium garages might have areas with polished concrete floors and carpeting, custom cabinets, and more. A high-end garage will usually cost upwards of $65,000*.

Why do you need a renovation specialist in Nelson?

Working with a professional renovation specialist like Refresh comes with its share of benefits. These include:

  • Expertise and experience in various renovations 
  • Budgeting and cost management
  • Creative problem solving 
  • Increased resale value
  • Space planning
  • Storage solutions
  • Lighting advice
renovation consultant

Budget Friendly Home Renovation Ideas 

Make impactful changes to your home without breaking the bank. Discover what’s possible on a budget!


  • New Countertops: Revitalise the look of your kitchen by swapping your current countertops for new ones. This one small change can have a major effect on your kitchen’s style. Some budget-friendly materials include laminate, solid surface, tile, or wooden butcher block.
  • Change the Splashback: An eye-catching splashback can jazz up your current kitchen. You might consider a tile mosaic or textured tiles to change things up.

Living room

  • Update flooring: Revamp your flooring for a living room that feels like new. Vinyl, cork, tile, and reclaimed wood are options that are easy on the wallet. 
  • Changing window treatments: Switch up your current window treatments with updated shutters, blinds, and currents. This small change can transform the look and feel of your living room.


  • Medicine Cabinet with a front mirror: Add depth and storage space to your bathroom with a new medicine cabinet. You might consider adding an LED light strip under the cabinet for extra soft lighting in your space.
  • Wallpaper an Accent Wall: A quick way to change the mood in your bathroom is with a wallpapered accent wall. Keep things neutral with a solid colour or opt for a playful print to jazz up your bathroom.


  • Add Interest to Walls or Ceilings: A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in the bedroom. Get creative with the “fifth wall” (the ceiling) by painting it the same colour as the rest of your walls. Or, add a bit of whimsy with wallpaper and texture with wood slats or cladding. 
Clean white kitchen

Will I need council approval for my Nelson home renovations?

The need for council approval will depend on the area your home is in and the changes you plan to make. Your Renovation Consultant is responsible for acquiring any of the necessary documentation to ensure the changes in your home comply with Nelson’s building codes. 

Ready to talk about renovating your Nelson home?

Get in touch to book your free, no-obligation consultation today with a Nelson Renovation Consultant.  


  • Book Your Free Renovation Consultation Today and Increase the House Value Instantly
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*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed-quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Refresh® Renovation Consultant. 

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