Apartment renovation in New Zealand

Apartment Remodelling & Renovation

A well-designed flat that has been thoughtfully tailored to your everyday needs and lifestyle can mean the difference between feeling cramped and overwhelmed or finding yourself balanced and relaxed in a space you truly love

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Apartment living has many perks but one drawback can be the size. By nature, apartments offer a more compact lifestyle, typically offset by being in a desirable, often urban location. And while many look at small spaces as challenging, apartment interior design is an opportunity to get creative.  

A well-designed flat that has been thoughtfully tailored to your everyday needs and lifestyle can mean the difference between feeling cramped and overwhelmed or finding yourself balanced and relaxed in a space you truly love. In addition to creating a bespoke home, implementing modern amenities through a professional apartment renovation is a great way to add value to your property. And considering the prime location of many apartments, that’s a sound investment towards the future. 

Whether you like the sleek aesthetic of a minimalist design or the charm of classic embellishments, Refresh can bring your vision to life and help transform your flat into a space you look forward to coming home to. 

How does Refresh help?

There’s a lot that goes into planning an apartment remodelling project. And if you’re not familiar with the process, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Luckily, at Refresh, we’ve completed thousands of successful renovations using our proven 5-step method which was derived through years of experience. We identified the common reasons why renovations go off the rails and created our process to mitigate these issues with streamlined channels of communication and thorough planning.  

“Effective communication and project management every step of the way. The entire team took great pride in the way they worked on site and their passion was clearly evident. We are so proud of the outcome that created a more functional living environment. We highly recommend the Refresh team.” - Troy Restieaux, Refresh client



Beyond delivering fantastic results, it’s our mission to ensure our clients enjoy the process from start to finish whether it’s a spacious country home makeover or a compact apartment remodelling. It’s our job to keep our team organised, to source materials, and to run a tight ship so we can deliver your apartment renovation on time and within budget without compromising your experience nor quality results.  

Could your flat use a new look?

If you have specific questions about things like small apartment living room ideas or just want to learn more about the general flat renovation process, get in touch! Our Renovation Consultants offer free, no-obligation consultations so you can discuss your ideas and get advice before jumping in.

We’ve completed thousands of renovation projects worldwide

Appreciated the genuine care to find out what we were after and the solutions provided.

⁠— 

Matt Adsett

, Refresh Customer

Guy and his team have worked on two renovations for us and both have been hassle free thanks to their professionalism, consideration and can-do attitude. Genuinely helpful, adaptable in their work and very tidy! A real pleasure to deal with, we wouldn't use anyone else for our building work.

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, Refresh Customer

Why choose Refresh?

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Online systems

Refresh’s innovative online systems keep everything running smoothly. Our project management systems keep all areas of your renovation organised, while our customer portal allows you to stay updated, wherever you may be.

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Professional project management

It is your local project manager’s job to support you every step of the way. Your consultant will be your one point of contact throughout your renovation, keeping you updated and striving to exceed your renovation expectations. All you need to do is watch the progress and enjoy the result! learn more

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Appreciated the genuine care to find out what we were after and the solutions provided.

⁠— 

Matt Adsett

, Refresh Customer

Both Renovation Consultants were very helpful and explained everything very clearly.

Renovation Consultant: Matthew Hartigan

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AlanFife

, Refresh Customer

The whole process was made so much easier by the very competent leadership of Fionas her guidance and knowledge in all aspects was professional caring and of high standard.
Renovation Consultant: Fiona Fairbain

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Trish Turner

, Refresh Customer

Apartment Remodelling & Renovation Company

Apartment living has many perks but one drawback can be the size. By nature, apartments offer a more compact lifestyle, typically offset by being in a desirable, often urban location. And while many look at small spaces as challenging, apartment interior design is an opportunity to get creative.  

A well-designed flat that has been thoughtfully tailored to your everyday needs and lifestyle can mean the difference between feeling cramped and overwhelmed or finding yourself balanced and relaxed in a space you truly love. In addition to creating a bespoke home, implementing modern amenities through a professional apartment renovation is a great way to add value to your property. And considering the prime location of many apartments, that’s a sound investment towards the future. 

Whether you like the sleek aesthetic of a minimalist design or the charm of classic embellishments, Refresh can bring your vision to life and help transform your flat into a space you look forward to coming home to. 

How does Refresh help?

There’s a lot that goes into planning an apartment remodelling project. And if you’re not familiar with the process, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Luckily, at Refresh, we’ve completed thousands of successful renovations using our proven 5-step method which was derived through years of experience. We identified the common reasons why renovations go off the rails and created our process to mitigate these issues with streamlined channels of communication and thorough planning.  

“Effective communication and project management every step of the way. The entire team took great pride in the way they worked on site and their passion was clearly evident. We are so proud of the outcome that created a more functional living environment. We highly recommend the Refresh team.” - Troy Restieaux, Refresh client



Beyond delivering fantastic results, it’s our mission to ensure our clients enjoy the process from start to finish whether it’s a spacious country home makeover or a compact apartment remodelling. It’s our job to keep our team organised, to source materials, and to run a tight ship so we can deliver your apartment renovation on time and within budget without compromising your experience nor quality results.  

Could your flat use a new look?

If you have specific questions about things like small apartment living room ideas or just want to learn more about the general flat renovation process, get in touch! Our Renovation Consultants offer free, no-obligation consultations so you can discuss your ideas and get advice before jumping in.

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A smoother renovation process

Our proven 5-step process enables our Renovation Consultants to deliver fantastic old house renovations, on time and within budget.

Step 1

Briefing / Initial Consultation

Discuss goals, budget, and timeline for your apartment renovation during the initial consultation with your Renovation Consultant. Establishing these elements early in the process will help ensure that your project is delivered on time and within budget.

Step 2

Concept and Feasibility

After the project scope has been defined, your Renovation Consultant will arrange for concept designs to be drawn up. The main goal is to determine the feasibility of your project but these 3D designs make it easy for you to see your ideas come to life and present the perfect opportunity for you to make any changes.

Step 3

Working Drawings and Costing

Moving on to the final step of the planning stages, working drawings will be developed which focus on technical aspects such as architecture and structural considerations. Once building begins, making changes can incur extra expenses and delays, so this is the ideal time to make alterations. The detailed budget for renovating your old house will be provided during this stage as well.

Step 4

Build / Construction Stage

This is when all the thorough planning comes to fruition and you can see your ideas take shape. Your Renovation Consultant will continue to provide full support during this phase by coordinating home renovation contractors and sourcing premium materials. Any issues will be dealt with quickly to keep the project on track and ensure you experience minimal disruptions.

Step 5

Your Finished Renovation

The last step before handing over your fully renovated home is to ensure all post-renovation documentation is in order. Your Renovation Consultant will prepare all of the appropriate documents that prove your renovation has been completed up to code. Once that is settled, your renovation is done!

Create an apartment you'll feel proud of

Recent Apartment Renovation Projects

Have a look through some of our recent renovation projects to see how we’ve transformed one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, studios, and beyond.

Why choose Refresh for Your Home Renovation?

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We’re here to help

From general advice to niche requests, such as 1970s house renovation ideas, our experienced team will offer professional guidance and assist you the best we can. And if they don’t know the answer to your question, they’ll find an expert who does.

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We’re on your side

Renovations are a big undertaking and we’ll do everything we can to bring your vision, budget, and timeline together with outstanding customer support for a positive experience you’ll remember for years.

Apartment Renovation Inspiration & Advice

Our collection of inspiration and advice articles is the perfect place to find apartment kitchen layout ideas, get tips from experts, and check out some small apartment designs!

Apartment Remodelling & Renovation Company

We’ve completed thousands of renovations of all shapes and sizes, each one deserving the same excellent service that our Refresh clients have come to expect. Transforming a cramped powder room into a practical family bathroom and turning a dated 1970s layout into a sophisticated wet room may yield different results, but our approach remains the same: deliver high-quality and stress-free renovations, on time and within budget.

We’re here to help at every step along the way, from inspiration and advice to cost-effective solutions and day-saving ideas.

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How does Refresh help?

Renovations can be an exciting time, and at Refresh, we want to make sure of that. From the early stages of briefing and planning through to the final results, a Renovation Consultant will be a champion for your project. Following our proven 5-step approach, they’ll handle everything while focusing on transparent communication so that you feel supported and have complete confidence in our team.

“The Refresh team was amazing. They did a splendid job with my extension and kept everything within my budget. I will definitely be using Refresh Renovations again in the future.” — Uveer Maharaj, Refresh client



Our Renovation Consultants are the foundation of each project and act as a single point of contact to limit opportunities for miscommunication. By funnelling all information through them, you remain well-informed without being overwhelmed with insignificant details. This also enables the team to remain organised behind the scenes as they work hard to deliver your new bathroom on time and within budget.

Interested in a bespoke bathroom of your own?

Get in touch with your local Renovation Consultant and arrange a no-obligation consultation to discuss your upcoming bathroom renovation!

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A smoother renovation process

Our proven 5-step process enables our Renovation Consultants to deliver fantastic old house renovations, on time and within budget.

Step 1

Briefing / Initial Consultation

Discuss goals, budget, and timeline for your apartment renovation during the initial consultation with your Renovation Consultant. Establishing these elements early in the process will help ensure that your project is delivered on time and within budget.

Step 2

Concept and Feasibility

After the project scope has been defined, your Renovation Consultant will arrange for concept designs to be drawn up. The main goal is to determine the feasibility of your project but these 3D designs make it easy for you to see your ideas come to life and present the perfect opportunity for you to make any changes.

Step 3

Working Drawings and Costing

Moving on to the final step of the planning stages, working drawings will be developed which focus on technical aspects such as architecture and structural considerations. Once building begins, making changes can incur extra expenses and delays, so this is the ideal time to make alterations. The detailed budget for renovating your old house will be provided during this stage as well.

Step 4

Build / Construction Stage

This is when all the thorough planning comes to fruition and you can see your ideas take shape. Your Renovation Consultant will continue to provide full support during this phase by coordinating home renovation contractors and sourcing premium materials. Any issues will be dealt with quickly to keep the project on track and ensure you experience minimal disruptions.

Step 5

Your Finished Renovation

The last step before handing over your fully renovated home is to ensure all post-renovation documentation is in order. Your Renovation Consultant will prepare all of the appropriate documents that prove your renovation has been completed up to code. Once that is settled, your renovation is done!

Our expert team can manage all aspects of your bathroom remodeling project from planning to build and everything in between

Full bathroom remodel

Design
& Planning

Bathroom expansion or reconfiguration

Bathtub & shower installation

Tile and grout replacement

Painting or wallpaper

Toilet installation or replacement

Flooring installation

Plumbing fixtures

Lighting Solutions

Custom cabinetry installation or replacement

Bathroom ventilation

Accessibility modifications

Jacuzzi or spa installation

Luxury bathroom upgrades

No matter your style, Refresh can create a solution for you - browse through this carousel for inspiration on your bathroom remodel project.

Luxury Bathrooms

Quartz and marble will always be synonymous with luxury, but there are many other ways to upgrade your bathroom. Underfloor heating and smart bath technology, which can be automated to each user’s preferred settings, are technology-based elements that will elevate your experience. Discuss more luxury bathroom ideas with one of our renovation experts.

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Remodelling your Bathroom

Remodelling your bathroom? That means weeks without one, right? Not with Refresh at the helm. Our streamlined approach to renovations involves a thorough planning process so we can deliver your finished bathroom as quickly and efficiently as possible. Your bathroom remodelling project doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ll complete it on time, within budget, and to our consistently high standards.Enquire now

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Bathroom Design and Build

Your bathroom should be a place to escape to, not escape from. And a poorly constructed and badly laid out bathroom can cause no end of frustration. With help from our team of renovation experts, you can have your dream bathroom in no time. We’ll make your bathroom design and build process stress-free and enjoyable - much like the end result!

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Bathroom Installation

They may not be the biggest rooms in the house but bathroom installations require a great level of expertise. From plumbers and electricians to tilers and glaziers, we only work with the best, most reliable tradespeople of all our bathroom installation projects. For a premium finish to your bathroom renovation project, trust the experts at Refresh.

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Bathroom Designer

A great bathroom begins with a great design and, at Refresh, we work with the best bathroom designers around. From modern luxury to stylish sanctuaries, we’ll create the ideal bathroom design to suit your budget and lifestyle. What’s more, your bathroom renovation will be delivered on time and within budget.

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Ensuite Bathroom Renovations

Ensuite bathrooms are all about comfort and convenience so if yours is anything but, let the renovation experts at Refresh get it sorted. Whether your ensuite needs updating or you want to add one to your home, we can help with all of your ensuite bathroom renovation needs.

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Rustic Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a rustic bathroom include timber, stone, brick materials, vintage appliances and fireplaces. We’re seeing the rustic style beginning to rival the classic white bathroom. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Cottage Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a country cottage bathroom include soft colours, open shelving, furniture style cabinetry, hardwood or terracotta tile flooring. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Small Bathroom Renovation

Refresh Renovations® has some tricks up their sleeves to make even the tiniest bathroom look great, but also be functional. If you have a small bathroom that you are wanting to renovate, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas to get started.

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Contemporary Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a contemporary bathroom include cutting-edge appliances, old materials used in a new way and a mix of materials. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Modern Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a modern bathroom include flat-panel doors, full-overlay cabinet construction, consistency of accent pieces and emphasis on horizontal lines. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Traditional Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a traditional bathroom include luxury countertops, raised-panel doors, decorative mouldings and corbels. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Recent Apartment Renovation Projects

Have a look through some of our recent renovation projects to see how we’ve transformed one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, studios, and beyond.

Why choose Refresh for Your Home Renovation?

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We’re here to help

From general advice to niche requests, such as 1970s house renovation ideas, our experienced team will offer professional guidance and assist you the best we can. And if they don’t know the answer to your question, they’ll find an expert who does.

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We’re on your side

Renovations are a big undertaking and we’ll do everything we can to bring your vision, budget, and timeline together with outstanding customer support for a positive experience you’ll remember for years.

Partnerships

Quality products and supply
partnerships a standard practice

At Refresh Renovations, we believe that using high-quality products is crucial to achieving a successful home renovation project. That's why we take great care in selecting only the best products and materials for every job we undertake. From the fixtures and fittings to the flooring and countertops, we source our products from trusted suppliers who share our commitment to quality and durability.

By using quality products, we ensure that our clients' homes not only look great but also stand the test of time. Whether you're planning a small bathroom remodel or a complete home renovation, you can trust us to use specify the best products to bring your vision to life.

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A bathroom renovation to suit your budget

At Refresh Renovations, we understand that every client has a unique set of requirements and expectations when it comes to their renovation project.

That's why we offer two flexible options for our clients to choose from. We can work with the client to build to their budget, helping them to maximise their renovation dollars and find creative solutions to meet their needs within their financial constraints.


Alternatively, we can build to their brief, working closely with the client to bring their vision to life and creating a custom renovation plan that matches their exact specifications. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to delivering exceptional quality and service, no matter which option our clients choose. With our flexible approach, we are confident that we can help every client achieve their dream renovation.

Learn more about our bathroom renovation cost guides.

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Bathroom Renovations FAQ

Why should I use a renovation Consultant to renovate my apartment?

Working with a professional will alleviate much of the stress that comes with a renovation. There’s a lot to manage, from logistics like permits to the limitations that come along with renovating within an apartment building. Having an apartment specialist navigate these difficulties for you is invaluable.

How to design a studio apartment?

That’s up to you! The key to a successful studio apartment design is making sure you use your space efficiently. That could mean prioritising an area for a home office, creating a defined bedroom, or a dedicated space for your pets. It may feel intimidating to design a studio apartment, but with a little creativity, there’s a lot of fun to be had.

What are some popular design ideas for apartments in New Zealand?

While you can find larger flats, studio and one-bedroom apartments are typical sizes for  New Zealand, especially in a CBD. With that in mind, design should focus on taking advantage of space since there generally isn’t the option to extend. Multi-functional living spaces such as a guest room turned home office do just that. 

New build apartments throughout New Zealand are known for being basic, and while that may sound like a bad thing, it provides homeowners with a blank canvas to completely customise their flats and transform them into their dream homes by imparting a bit of personality and character.

How long does it take to renovate an apartment?

Your Renovation Consultant will be able to guide you through the entire process, so don’t worry too much if you’re not sure what to focus on. However, it’s helpful to form a foundation before getting started. Gather an overview of how much you’re comfortable spending, a list of must-haves vs. nice-to-haves, and a few goals for your renovation. 

When drawing inspiration from other apartment renovation ideas, make sure you’re not comparing apples and oranges. For example, design principles of a loft apartment and a 2-bedroom apartment may not be transferable. So if you have a studio apartment, try searching for small apartment designs. This way, the results are more likely to be realistic for your space.

How long does it take to renovate an apartment?

Similar to the cost of an apartment renovation, the timeline depends on the scope. We understand that having part, or all, of your apartment under construction for an unknown period of time is stressful. That’s why scheduling and expectation are discussed early on in our 5-step process. 

Much of the world’s supply chain is still being impacted by COVID but our Renovation Consultants do their best to create a realistic schedule and deliver your project on time. We’ve had homeowners opt to find alternative accommodation during active construction or, if they want to stay in their home, execute their project in phases.

What are the different steps of renovating an apartment?

Apartment renovations are nuanced, each requiring a unique and bespoke approach. But having completed thousands of projects, we’ve designed a proven 5-step method to get the job done on time and within budget.  

  1. Manage your expectations during your first meeting with a local Renovation Consultant. 
  2. Concept designs are developed according to the goals and budget you discussed during your consultation. 
  3. After reviewing your plans, you’ll get an estimate for your project that you can approve, or opt to rework.  
  4. Once you’ve approved the quote and plans, active renovation can begin!
  5. Finally, your Renovation Consultant will provide any project documentation that you’ll need in the future.

How much does it cost to renovate an apartment in New Zealand?

We’ve completed apartment renovations throughout New Zealand that cost anywhere from $25,000* to over $200,000*. A common misconception is that the greatest indicator of flat renovation costs is the size of the apartment. However, it’s not. The project scope includes more details and is far more indicative of the final cost of your apartment renovation. Luckily, refining your project’s scope and getting an estimate are all part of Refresh’s comprehensive 5-step process, so there’s no surprises.

What do I need to consider before starting an apartment renovation in New Zealand?

Your Renovation Consultant will be able to guide you through the entire process, so don’t worry too much if you’re not sure what to focus on. However, it’s helpful to form a foundation before getting started. Gather an overview of how much you’re comfortable spending, a list of must-haves vs. nice-to-haves, and a few goals for your renovation. 

When drawing inspiration from other apartment renovation ideas, make sure you’re not comparing apples and oranges. For example, design principles of a loft apartment and a 2-bedroom apartment may not be transferable. So if you have a studio apartment, try searching for small apartment designs. This way, the results are more likely to be realistic for your space.

Apartment Renovation Inspiration & Advice

Our collection of inspiration and advice articles is the perfect place to find apartment kitchen layout ideas, get tips from experts, and check out some small apartment designs!

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Our Renovation Builders Service The Following Locations

Ashburton and Timaru
Auckland
Auckland - Central
Auckland - Manukau & Eastern Bays
Auckland - North Shore
Auckland - West
Christchurch
Far North
Gisborne & Wairoa
Hawkes Bay
Invercargill
Manawatu
Marlborough
Nelson
Queenstown & Wanaka
Rotorua
Taupō
Tauranga
Waikato
Wellington
Whangārei

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