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What is the best use of floor space for a living area? What are the design rules for creating the best flow? Our helpful articles bring you inspiration and advice on creating your own open-plan space.

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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 Australian 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
Renovating can change your lifestyle

Renovating can change your lifestyle

After packing up her home, Carly has settled into her new place and discusses the changes it has produced for her own family and lifestyle. Say hello to new renovation adventures from Carly Flynn!

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Renovating can change your lifestyle
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
A Victorian cottage makeover in Melbourne

A Victorian cottage makeover in Melbourne

Nestled in the inner suburbs of Ascot Vale, Australia,  lies a wonder in it’s own right. An old Victorian cottage defies odds with this simplistic renovation that assures a stern nod to bygone eras.

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A Victorian cottage makeover in Melbourne
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
A river-view home renovation in Auckland

A river-view home renovation in Auckland

A property’s potential was realised with the modernisation of four rundown dwellings with river views in an up and coming area of Auckland.  

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A river-view home renovation in Auckland
Ten unique renovation ideas

Ten unique renovation ideas

Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes, it’s the unusual, the quirky, the unique that makes a project. Renovation doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. It can be whatever you want it to be. We’ve gathered together some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next renovation 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
All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

Lofts are generally big and empty, but a visionary homeowner can transform an extraordinary blank canvas into something truly unique.

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All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment
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
A villa transformation in Ponsonby

A villa transformation in Ponsonby

A well-planned renovation turns a classic villa into a modern, open and light space while staying true to its original style.

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A villa transformation in Ponsonby
The 5 most popular types of renovations in New Zealand

The 5 most popular types of renovations in New Zealand

Where to start with your home renovation? Many homeowners across the country are considering renovation as the best way to improve their home and add to its value. We’re taking a closer look at what’s commonly being done to Kiwi houses, and what it’s costing

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The 5 most popular types of renovations in New Zealand
Flexible in-and-outdoor space design

Flexible in-and-outdoor space design

This sophisticated Darlinghurst Terrace home conversion in Sydney features a series of flexible in-and-outdoor spaces designed to adapt to a family’s diverse and changing needs.  

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Flexible in-and-outdoor space design
1930s property renovations in the UK

1930s property renovations in the UK

With its streamlined, boxy shape, the classic 1930s semi detached house is a hidden gem found all over British suburbs. While it’s not always glamorous in today’s view, a few easy modifications can help you turn it into a classy abode full of light and space.

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1930s property renovations in the UK

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