Incredible Full Home Renovation and Extension in Otumoetai, Tauranga

Gold People Choice Award BadgeSilver People Choice Award BadgeBronze People Choice Award Badge
open plan solution kitchen and dining

This home in Otumoetai, Tauranga was showing signs of age and in need of a modern makeover. A complete renovation and extension transformed the home into a light, bright, and spacious property that is perfect for a growing family.

Before After
No items found.

Major Makeover Wanted!

When Penny and Grant decided it was time to renovate their Otumoetai property, they knew they would need an experienced design and build partner to help realise their vision. They had plans for a significant renovation that would not only thoroughly modernise the property, but expand the footprint, increase functionality, and future proof the home. They reached out to their local Renovation Consultant Sharon Giblett to discuss how Refresh could help.

During a free consultation, Penny and Grant shared more about their renovation goals, their ideas, and budget and Sharon was able to answer questions and explain how the Refresh process worked. Such an extensive renovation had the potential to be overwhelming and very time consuming, but with Refresh, Penny and Grant would be able to leave all the logistics (and stress!) behind. Sharon would be their dedicated project manager, keeping them informed every step of the way and taking care of every element of the mammoth renovation. Plus, budgets would be agreed to before any work began to reduce the risk of any unwanted surprises! 

Design and Planning

This end-to-end service and expertise was exactly what Penny and Grant needed to ensure their renovation vision could be achieved. They began an extensive concept and design phase with Sharon to see what was possible, which was reworked over many months to achieve as much as possible within budget. The process was long, but essential to making sure every detail was considered and that council requirements would be met. 

The final design would see a radical shake up of the home including everything from new joinery and wardrobe fitouts to internal reconfiguration of rooms, re-rendering of walls, new wiring and switchgear, regassing, the heatpump, interior and exterior lighting, a kitchen remodel and scullery build, and new carpet and flooring. 

In addition, two carports would be removed to make way for a home extension which would include a garage, office, and laundry, and elsewhere new concrete would be laid for a turning bay and a large attenuation tank and sump system would be installed to meet stormwater requirements.

Home Renovation Services Tauranga

All over in the Bay of Plenty Region, from Tauranga City to the outskirts of the area, our Renovation Consultants offers a range of services, including:

Indoor outdoor flow renovation in Tauranga by Sharon Giblett
No items found.

Home Renovation Begins in Tauranga

With final plans and budget signed off by Penny and Grant, the exciting work could finally begin. The extensive plans required a laundry list of tradespeople and contractors including everyone from the typical painters, plasterers, and plumbers, to speciality wardrobe and blind installers, stormwater engineers, concrete cutters, joinery manufacturers and many more. 

Sharon’s exceptional project management skills shone through as she expertly co-ordinated the renovation and dealt with significant rain delays and the flow-on effects. Leaks were also discovered and rather than patch, Penny and Grant decided to future proof by replacing the roof in its entirety.

The renovation not only included a large extension, but it opened new spaces in the existing home – including a cinema room, scullery, enlarged wardrobes, and generous stacker slider doors in the dining room for improved indoor outdoor flow. 85% of the windows and doors were replaced, the kitchen was renovated, outdoor lighting was installed, and walls were re-rendered. Every facet of the house was refreshed, revived, and reimagined!

Our Home Renovation Process in Tauranga

From concept to completion

Refresh® Tauranga can take care of every aspect of your project, including design, council consent, costings, scheduling, construction, installations and decorating. Whether you are planning on renovating your entire home or updating your bathroom, your local renovation specialist exists to help you to achieve a smooth, cost-effective and high-quality renovation using our 5-step process:

Initial Consultation:  Your Tauranga Renovation Consultant Sharon Giblett will begin by sitting down with you to discuss your goals and needs for the renovation. You share your initial ideas and your renovation consultant will accustom them to your budget and property.
Concept Design: Your Tauranga Renovation Consultant will bring your ideas to life with an initial creation of concept designs. The goal is to bring an understanding of the feasibility of the project, and there’s room for you to make any potential design changes.
Detailed Planning: This is the last step before the building starts. The concept drawings are made into working drawings. If there are some last minute changes you want to be made, now is the time to let your Renovation Consultant know. At this stage, you will also be provided with a fixed-quote and a contract.
‍Construction: Time to let your renovation dreams come true! As your single point of contact, your Tauranga Renovation Consultant will supervise and manage every part of the construction. They will do everything in their power to make sure the renovation stays within budget and time.
Project Completion: This is the last step of your renovation process. Your Renovation Consultant will provide you with all required Council documentation and provide you with the necessary Code of Compliance documentation. Once done, all you need to do is to enjoy your newly renovated space!

Outstanding Results

Over six months, Sharon and her team worked tirelessly to transform Penny and Grant’s home into a bright, modern, and spacious family retreat. Extensive ‘behind the scenes’ work including rewiring and switchboard upgrade, re-roofing, new joinery, and revelling spaces helped future proof the home, while major internal changes made the home more spacious and functional. 

Design-wise, bright neutrals were used throughout for a fresh and modern look and were combined with designer touches such as custom floor tile in the toilet, LED strip lighting in the new kitchen, and feature barn doors that all elevate the home. 

Gorgeous stacker slider doors allow the indoor dining space to seamlessly flow outdoors to embrace the pool and entertaining area. The new scullery with breakfast station, cinema room, and custom laundry makes for enviable family living, while the brand-new front door entrance with the whimsical powder blue door is a delightful addition full of personality.

Do I need Tauranga city council approval to renovate my house in Tauranga?

Your Waikato Renovation Consultant is responsible for obtaining and passing on any documentation necessary to ensure your renovation is code-compliant. So they will organise working with the council and obtaining all the necessary consents.

Book your Free Consultation now! 

Final Thoughts

Sharon expertly managed an extensive and detailed full home renovation with stunning results. 

“I love the flow of this house now. It feels welcoming, has an obvious front door entrance which delights with the gorgeous blue door and makes you wonder what is inside. It has provided the homeowners with dedicated spaces that work rather than trying to combine them. I love the choice of tiles and the LED strip lighting in the scullery and under the peninsula bench look amazing.” - Sharon Giblett, Project Manager, Refresh Renovations

Would you like to discuss your home renovation ideas?

Get in touch for a free consultation with Sharon today!

This project was completed in
February 2024
Project description
Extension and Full House Renovation
New Zealand
Project duration
6 months build time following design and planning stage
Cost estimate
Actual cost
Weather impacted the trades schedule.
Interesting aspects
LED strip lighting under kitchen peninsula bench.
Share to

Sharon Giblett is Managing Director/Renovation Specialist of Diamond NZ Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Tauranga.

Actual costs vary by project. Plan ahead to reduce the impact of industry changes or disruptions. For more information see here.

Talk to a renovation consultant today

If you would like to find out how Refresh Renovations can support you with a high quality, efficient home renovation, get in touch today. Your local Refresh consultant will be happy to meet with you for a free, no obligations consultation.

Get in touch
Indoor outdoor flow renovation in Tauranga by Sharon Giblett
Living room renovation in Tauranga by Sharon Giblett
Dinning Room Renovation with wood table, chairs, sofas in Tauranga by Sharon Giblett
Bathroom renovation Tauranga bby Sharon Giblett
Ensuite Bedroom Renovation in Tauranga by Sharon Giblett
Modern bathroom renovation with modern fittings in Tauranga by Sharon Giblett
No items found.