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Home renovation advice

When it comes to home renovations, the Refresh team has done (and seen) it all! We’re more than happy to share our experience and expertise – and you’ll find loads of helpful articles, photos, videos and more on our website.

If you’re interested in a specific renovation topic, select from the categories below. You’re also welcome to ask in person about your potential renovation. If you’d like to talk with one of our friendly team members, please get in touch.

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How to Create a Hamptons Style Home

How to Create a Hamptons Style Home

A Hamptons style home is a celebration of refined seaside relaxation; a haven to gather family, entertain friends and reconnect with the healing ocean ions.

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How to Create a Hamptons Style Home
Renovation Hacks for small apartments

Renovation Hacks for small apartments

Creative hacks in construction and renovation can make all the difference to turning your tiny space into the perfect amount of space, just by thinking a little more creatively.

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Renovation Hacks for small apartments
A beginner’s guide to bathrooms

A beginner’s guide to bathrooms

The bathroom is one of the highest traffic areas in any home.  It is one of the most expensive yet least changed rooms in the house to remodel, so money well spent today will mean savings in the long term.

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A beginner’s guide to bathrooms
Cooking Good: A Beginners Guide to Kitchens

Cooking Good: A Beginners Guide to Kitchens

Are you starting to put ideas together for a kitchen renovation? In this article, writer David Burgess provides advice on why kitchen renovations are so important to get right and how to create a kitchen plan that will work beautifully for your lifestyle.

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Cooking Good: A Beginners Guide to Kitchens
What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?

What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?

What should be considered, both pre-renovation and post-renovation, when it comes to styling?

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What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?
Hidden problems when renovating older properties

Hidden problems when renovating older properties

To prepare you for the unexpected, we’ve made a list of common hidden problems you might discover in an older property.

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Hidden problems when renovating older properties
A Glossary pre-millennium of House Styles

A Glossary pre-millennium of House Styles

Writer Jason Burgess takes us through a timeline of New Zealand architecture, from simple cottages through to modern builds.

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A Glossary pre-millennium of House Styles
Villa Woes: turning your rundown villa into a wow home

Villa Woes: turning your rundown villa into a wow home

Would you describe your villa as charming but missing something? Many villas are just a diamond in the rough waiting to be brought back to life. Get inspired here...  

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Villa Woes: turning your rundown villa into a wow home
Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition

Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition

Demolition disaster stories are common, but is there a way of avoiding disaster before embarking on the demolition phase of your home?

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Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition
Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?

Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?

A great ventilation system, such as Unovent brings fresh, dry air into your home pushing out damp foul air efficiently and quietly from the home, creating a healthy home environment

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Ventilation System vs Dehumidifier: What's the difference?
The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager

The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager

If the hero of a classic Western is the good-looking cowboy who rides in on horseback, the hero of any building site is the project manager. Convinced you’d do a better job than a project manager? Here are a few reasons why you’re wrong.

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The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager
Adding value to your property – what to consider?

Adding value to your property – what to consider?

If you want to get the best return possible on your property, there are a few straightforward ways to add value - without breaking the bank. In this article, we show you a few budget-friendly ways to get started.  

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Adding value to your property – what to consider?
He said, what? Decoding building lingo

He said, what? Decoding building lingo

The following line-up clarifies a few of the physical descriptors that renovators will likely hear in relation to their property.

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He said, what? Decoding building lingo
Home Away from Home - Airbnb Renovations

Home Away from Home - Airbnb Renovations

Interested in some extra income and have some extra space to work with? Accommodation makeovers are a great way to get creative and earn an easy side income. There are options for every taste and budget but sticking to a few simple rules helps to make your project a success.  

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Home Away from Home - Airbnb Renovations
How do I keep my house clean during a reno?

How do I keep my house clean during a reno?

Renovations come with dust, rubbish and paint - but at what point do you ask your renovation team to be more conscious of tidying up after themselves? In this article, Renovation specialist Jim Gleeson provides some guidance.

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How do I keep my house clean during a reno?
Indoor air pollution: what you need to know

Indoor air pollution: what you need to know

Find out the best ways to keep your home’s air quality healthy; before, during and after your renovation.

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Indoor air pollution: what you need to know