The ‘windy city’, ‘Welli’ or ‘Wild Wellington’ – New Zealanders have found many pet names for their capital. And there are just as many reasons to fall in love with the place – and to stay and build your nest. From awesome art galleries and cultural events through to a great coffee culture and fantastic hiking trails in the surrounding bush, there is something on offer for everyone.
Architectural styles vary greatly across the city. Generally speaking, you can come across historic villas and bungalows near the centre of town and find ultra-modern houses on the outskirts. There is an abundance of wooden houses, interspersed with a few Art Deco housing blocks and many fine examples of post-modern buildings. Many older homes can benefit greatly from a makeover that includes improved insulation and heating systems.
As an architect with over 20 years of experience in Wellington and New York, Nick Leko has seen a few building styles come and go. In his current practise he develops concepts for residential clients and bring these concepts to life with his Refresh Renovations team. Having a strong network of reliable builders and specialised sub-contractors is one key requirement for a good renovation management provider, another is the ability to work closely with you the client and pin down the lifestyle you are after and what this means in terms of interacting with your home. Nick is experienced in transforming rough renovation ideas and thoughts into tangible drawings and concepts that work for homeowners and their families.
Spending a significant proportion of time on planning can help you save money further down the track by avoiding delays and costly changes. That’s why the briefing stage is a key step with Refresh Renovations where a team of dedicated and experienced consultants will work through the options and details with you. The team will also look at the concept designs and feasibility with you. This is the time to work out your requirements and iron out any issues or concerns. While it’s not uncommon to come across unforeseen problems, having a clear concept plan to work with means less changes during the built phase, and hence will help the team complete your project on time and within budget.
Steve Wang has honed his people management skills to ensure every renovation project runs smoothly. Working with Qing Li and Isabella Niu, Steve and the team are set to modernise and improve homes of all shapes and sizes across the region. With well over a thousand renovations completed and a backbone of several dozen franchises across New Zealand, the Refresh Renovations business model is award-winning and follows a trusted process from start to completion. The construction phase will be carefully scheduled and closely monitored. The team conducts quality control checks at every stage, as it’s important that each part of the project is completed to the correct standard. Real-time project tracking lets you check the status of your project online.
Being part of a national and international group also means that the Refresh teams are able to combine economies of scale with local know-how. They can draw on cutting-edge project management technology and have access to the top local sub-contractors and suppliers. Knowledge of the local rules and regulations is crucial and the team at Refresh will be able to manage all necessary paperwork and obtain all required permits. This is a massive stress reducer. Simply leave it to the professionals who know what timeframes and regulations to expect.
Following the renovation of his own home, Mark Morrison joined Refresh Renovations where his previous corporate experience and practical trade skills help him deliver top quality results. Originally qualified as a plumber and gasfitter, Mark later studied civil engineering and carved out his career in engineering design and project management in the utility sector. Now he uses his know-how to manage all of your projects, whether big or small, complicated or straightforward. He keeps a close eye on the construction schedule with each of the required tradespeople on the premise and makes sure that each of them finishes their part of the work in the agreed timeframe and to the expected high standard.
Lia Boersma and her team at Refresh Renovations take an approach centred around building strong relationships with their clients. In the initial stages, Lia's focus is to establish a good flow of open communication. She aims to understand her customer's vision and aspirations and uses her many years of industry knowledge and construction expertise to convert these visions into tangible results. She believes that effective communication between her customers and her team is the key to delivering the fantastic results she has become known for.
Jeff Clark understands that without a robust plan and process in place, renovations can quickly turn into a nightmare. He and his highly capable team take a different approach. They focus on clear and open communication as well as attention to detail to ensure they are providing the best customer service, and it's these qualities that set them apart from smaller builders. Jeff acquired many of his project management skills in the IT sector, as Executive Management of many digital projects. He has a natural inclination for building strong relationships, often finding himself invested in his clients' projects. All of these attributes add up to a highly involved team and a customer experience like no other.
Renovation consultant Dan Williams and his local team of renovation specialists pride themselves in providing Wellingtonians with high-quality residential renovations. Drawing on his 19 years in frontline banking, Dan ensures every client experiences top-notch customer service. He has a wealth of experience in renovation funding and understands the renovation experience from both a professional level and personal, having completed two renovation projects on his own homes.
Dan is a highly dedicated renovation consultant and his attention to detail ensures that projects are completed on time and on budget.
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.
- Home wide
- Kitchen renovations
- Bathroom renovations
- Additions & extensions
- Open plan
- Indoor-outdoor flow
- Loft room conversions
- Re-clad & re-paint
- Heating & aircon
- Outdoor renovations