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Want the inside knowledge on outdoor spaces? A successful outdoor renovation takes careful planning, clever design, and skilled workmanship – just like an interior one! To see how the professionals do it, take a look at our helpful articles. If you would like a Refresh team member to contact you, please click here.

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Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows

Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows

The latest on solar roof ventilation within older New Zealand homes.

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Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows
Top Tips for winter property maintenance

Top Tips for winter property maintenance

Regular property maintenance is especially necessary during the winter months. You don't want to find yourself welcoming in the spring with a list of remedial tasks necessitated by a lack of maintenance during the winter. Here are Refresh Renovations’ top tips to protect your home this winter.

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Top Tips for winter property maintenance
Creating a roof terrace – the essentials

Creating a roof terrace – the essentials

With property prices and the costs of moving constantly on the rise, more and more homeowners are looking upwards to add space and value to their properties, with the result that demand for roof terraces continues to increase.

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Creating a roof terrace – the essentials
Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home

Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home

How well do you know your roof? If words like jerkinhead, saltbox, cross-hipped and sawtooth are new to you…then you’re about to discover a whole new world. Those are just some of the names you might come across when planning your roof renovation project. In this article, we give an overview of some different design options, along with their pros and cons.

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Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home
Now there’s an idea – smart home tech for 2019

Now there’s an idea – smart home tech for 2019

Incorporate the latest smart home tech into your new-build, home renovation or extension with Cambridge builders, Refresh Renovations

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Now there’s an idea – smart home tech for 2019
Saniflo's advice on how to create an alfresco bathroom

Saniflo's advice on how to create an alfresco bathroom

Imagine showering outside on a summer morning, hearing the sounds of nature and feeling a gentle breeze on your wet skin. If you have ever had an outdoor shower, you will know why so many homeowners revere this simple luxury. In this article, Saniflo gives their best advice for creating an outdoor bathroom that you will love.

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Saniflo's advice on how to create an alfresco bathroom
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 can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

Wouldn’t it be great to fuel up at home? With rapid advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, it is prudent for any renovator today to future proof their garage with a dedicated EV charging circuit. Turning your garage into a filling station is an easy thing to achieve.

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How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?
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
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
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
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
A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

This state house renovation promised an open and modern but eminently functional home. The result is the perfect reflection of the owners’ shared aesthetic and is now a three-storey design showpiece.

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A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera

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