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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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Renovating in Tauranga

Renovating in Tauranga

Tauranga is a hot spot! It’s one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, and in fact housing prices aren’t lagging much behind Auckland. It’s booming for good reason, with an abundance of natural beauty all around, a great climate, and many lifestyle options for outdoor adventures. Find out why now is a great time to renovate your home in Tauranga.

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Renovating in Tauranga
Trend Report: House Trends in NZ

Trend Report: House Trends in NZ

The future of home improvements will be guided by the following four concepts: flexibility, efficiency, individuality and collaboration with nature. Find out more about evolving home trends in this amazingly informative article.

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Trend Report: House Trends in NZ
What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation

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

Sometimes it can be difficult to make decisions about how to style your home. You may have a good eye for aesthetics, but it can be a good idea to speak to an experienced professional to work with you to create a space that is useful, stylish and timeless. Consider the following tips when putting the finish touches on your home transformation.

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What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation
Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne

Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne

Melbourne homeowners David and Paola had decided that their garage was not being used to its full potential. Seeing the opportunity, they replaced the oversized garage with a two storey brick extension. The aim of the extension was to reduce the total footprint of the dwelling while creating more internal living space, and maximising the outdoor area.

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Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne
How to Get Rich Quick by Renovating

How to Get Rich Quick by Renovating

Renovating to sell can be a good way to increase your wealth. You can take advantage of the property market by being strategic with your renovations. Make sure you have a plan, a strict budget and follow these steps and you can create wealth from renovating.

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How to Get Rich Quick by Renovating
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
Hometech presents; 5 Reasons Why Your Home Needs a Solar Powered Roof Fan

Hometech presents; 5 Reasons Why Your Home Needs a Solar Powered Roof Fan

Looking for a cost-efficient and sustainable way to keep your home cool in the summertime? Refresh's trusted supply partner Hometech gives their advice on why a solar-powered roof fan is the smart way to cool down your home with free energy from the sun. 

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Hometech presents; 5 Reasons Why Your Home Needs a Solar Powered Roof Fan
Boho beauty in Coogee

Boho beauty in Coogee

Kylie Hinds and her husband bought their seaside home in Coogee, Sydney’s eastern suburbs and what stood on the land is quite different to what it is today. Their home started out as a one-bedroom 1920s cottage that had formerly been gutted and redone in 1970s style, leaving verry little of the original detailing and features. When Kylie and her husband had decided to renovate, their project quickly became nearly a full rebuild.

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Boho beauty in Coogee
Palm Springs Architecture

Palm Springs Architecture

Palm Springs is known around the world for its unique architectural style that offers design and architecture enthusiasts much to see and admire. The Palm Springs style consists mostly of mid-century modernist architecture and landscaping with gardens catered to a dry climate. Here’s how you can incorporate elements of the famed Palm Springs aesthetic into your home.

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Palm Springs Architecture
Invercargill renovation builders

Invercargill renovation builders

Some of the most affordable houses in New Zealand can be found around Invercargill, and with its pleasant mix of family-friendly living, remarkable scenery, and unending outdoor adventures; Southland is a dream come true for those looking to escape the house prices and fast paces of the big city.

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Invercargill renovation builders
The top 10 ways to add natural light to your home

The top 10 ways to add natural light to your home

Everyone wants more natural light in their home. Natural light opens up the home and makes spaces look much bigger than they really are. A home with an abundance of natural light also creates a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Here are our top 10 ways to bring more natural light in the home.

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The top 10 ways to add natural light to your home
10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe

10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe

Well-designed wardrobes can make your day to day life easier and increase the value of your home. If you’re thinking of creating a walk in wardrobe but don’t know where to begin, here are our top 10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe.

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10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe
Introducing the Lavare Laundry Tub Collection

Introducing the Lavare Laundry Tub Collection

Introducing Elementi’s Newest Laundry Tub Collection, Lavare: Stylish, Functional and a lasting Appeal. These immaculately made laundry tubs offer unparalleled flexibility when creating your new laundry.   

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Introducing the Lavare Laundry Tub Collection
Tiles that feel like fabric

Tiles that feel like fabric

The Tile Depot is excited to introduce one of the newest design developments in the world of tile manufacturing. The fabric effect brings the warmth and comfort of fibres into any area of the home, including hardwearing and wet areas that are often not suitable for actual fabric flooring.

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Tiles that feel like fabric
Sustainable bathroom ideas with Sanicompact

Sustainable bathroom ideas with Sanicompact

It pays to consider cost-efficient options when renovating your home, Appliances that save you a couple of cents here and there can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.  Saniflo’s Sanicompact is the first ever toilet to be awarded a 6-star WELS rating for water efficiency and can save the average NZ household over 13,000 Litres each year.

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Sustainable bathroom ideas with Sanicompact
Waikato renovation builders

Waikato renovation builders

Covering the middle of the North Island, the Waikato region contains a sizeable stretch of land. Although the majority of the Waikato is farmland, 75% of its residents live in urban areas. Wherever you live in mighty Waikato, Refresh Renovations has you covered

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Waikato renovation builders