When international visitors first touch down in New Zealand, the first glimpse they get of our fair land is the heart of Auckland’s south. Manukau City is a vibrant cosmopolitan region that’s characterised by its myriad parks, beaches and fascinating history. Home to more than half a million people, Manukau is less ‘city’ and more ‘village’ which is why the region has long been a popular place for families. There are a range of properties within the region, including villas, new builds and older houses with development potential.

We have three renovation specialists in Manukau: Richard Lightfoot, Alex Wong and Kim Reiche.

Experienced renovation specialist Richard Lightfoot has over a decade of experience in design, consulting and construction. He started his career in construction where he worked alongside architects and designers to project manage and carry out construction work and implementation of designs into building projects. The technical nature of engineering took Richard into the IT industry where his focus was on service and support. From there, Refresh Renovations provided him with the opportunity to merge his experience in construction and customer service.

“It seemed like a natural progression for me to find this sweet spot of what I want to do, what I want to achieve, and how I can help people,” says Richard. “Working with Refresh gives me the opportunity to help make people’s dreams come true.”

The importance of family is what drives Richard, both in his personal life and when he’s dealing with clients.

“I really love what I do. It’s so rewarding when you can make a real difference to a family and help deliver something that they’ve dreamed about”, says Richard. “The smiles on everyone’s dials at the end of a renovation always make it worth it. I have two daughters and I have a lot of pride and enjoyment in their success. Family is really important to me and it’s one of the reasons why Manukau is such a great place to live and work, because it’s very family-oriented.”

Manukau is seeing a big increase in multi-generational homes, more so than other parts of Auckland or even the rest of the country. As Auckland City continues to grow, a large amount of development is being carried out in the southern suburbs. But there are also many well-established communities that have been around for decades. These houses are now reaching a stage where they need a ‘refresh’ to make it more comfortable for today’s way of living.

Of course, turning a concept into a plan and then into an actual building project is easier said than done. Homeowners without experience in building or project managing can struggle to navigate the red tape that comes with compliance, managing tradespeople and finding the time they need to ensure every box is ticked. Entrusting the project to Refresh streamlines the process and significantly reduces stress.

Alex Wong is a Manukau renovation specialist who understands that without a well thought out plan and process in place, renovations can quickly run over budget and over time. He and his highly capable team focus on clear and open communication as well as attention to detail to ensure they are providing the best customer service possible. It's these qualities that set them apart from other residential builders.

Alex acquired many of his project management skills in the finance industry, as the executive manager of many financial strategy projects. He is a natural people person who focuses on building strong relationships. All of these attributes add up to a highly involved team and a great customer experience.

Alex and his team can support you through every stage of your renovation, from when you are trying to match your ideas up to your budget, through to presenting you with your newly renovated home. He ensures every aspect of each project is managed alongside a set project budget and schedule - taking the stress out of the experience for homeowners and replacing it with a reliable and professional experience.

Council applications that your project may require will also be taken care of by Alex. Along with his team, he works closely with the Auckland Council to ensure every renovation he works on meets the local building and environmental regulations.

Council compliance is becoming stricter and harder to achieve, possibly thanks to past building failures like leaky homes. Therefore, it can take much longer for plans to receive consent, so it pays to get it right the first time with by working with an experienced renovation specialist.

Renovation consultant Kim Reiche has plenty of local experience in the design and building industry, not including the many years of interior design and architectural experience she gained during her time living in South Africa. Kim has studied interior architecture and began her career as an Architectural Specifier. Since then, she has been involved in a huge range of projects, including high end commercial and residential renovations.

Kim is well known for putting her clients first and works extremely hard to ensure her team carries out every project to the highest standard. She understands the importance of not only leaving her clients with a fantastic result, but also guiding them through the renovation experience with warmth, integrity and professionalism. Along with her team, Kim is experienced, reliable and detail oriented.

Along with her team, Kim is experienced, reliable and detail oriented. Kim’s team includes Dave Redshaw and Phil Cooney. Both Dave and Phil have been working for Refresh since 2014. Dave is an electrician with over 40 years of experience, while Phil is a flooring specialist who holds over 16 years of experience in floor installations.

Finishing a job on time and within a set budget is the hardest thing to achieve when so many people are involved. The proven Refresh process is what ensures every renovation project runs smoothly and to time. Every project is a one-off; Refresh uses a proven process and takes learnings from one project into the next to ensure each renovation meets the client’s unique requirements.

The success of Refresh’s projects also comes down to the nature of the people involved. All work that’s permitted and consented comes with a 10-year guarantee, and all projects are backed by an insurance company to cover unforeseen circumstances.


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If you would like to discuss home renovation options for your next renovation project, please use the enquiry form on this page to provide us with your contact details. We will get in touch with you at a time that suits you to discuss your project. If you would like to provide us with more information about your project, we have a more comprehensive enquiry form on our "Get in touch" page too.

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