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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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The Renovation Consent Process

The Renovation Consent Process

Finding a house that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but, for a growing number of homeowners, the solution is to stay put and embark on a renovation project to create their dream home.

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The Renovation Consent Process
Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Entrance areas are often an overlooked space in the home. Find out how to make this space functional in addition to welcoming you and your guests home.

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Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming
Living Room Style & Accessories Guide

Living Room Style & Accessories Guide

The living room is the most lively and lived in part of the home. Make sure it tells your unique story with the right colours and accessories to suit your style.

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Living Room Style & Accessories Guide
Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

As the kitchen is one of the most used places in the home – picking out what style and direction you want to take is a big decision. We’ve made it easy for you by putting together four of our favourite signature kitchen styles that each have their own personality. From modern and sleek to rustic and homely – which one would you choose?

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Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from
Why are Micro Homes trending?

Why are Micro Homes trending?

Whether you love or hate the idea of downsizing, a micro-life presents a revolution in thinking about how and why we live the way we do.

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Why are Micro Homes trending?
How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

Wouldn’t it be great to fuel up at home? With rapid advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, it is prudent for any renovator today to future proof their garage with a dedicated EV charging circuit. Turning your garage into a filling station is an easy thing to achieve.

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How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?
How to Eco Renovate Your Home

How to Eco Renovate Your Home

Renovating is a great time to ‘eco check’ your house. We’ve compiled a list of products that can make your home more efficient and healthier for you and the environment.

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How to Eco Renovate Your Home
Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces

Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces

Giving some extra thought to the arrangement of your laundry can save you from a major layout let down for years to come. Luckily Matt Taylor from Boston Wardrobes has five tips to share with us on how to create a well functioning laundry space.

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Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces
Property Goals for a Kiwi Future

Property Goals for a Kiwi Future

It would seem the great Kiwi property dream, in Auckland at least, is over. The sooner we admit it, the sooner we can stop talking about the debacle and get on with coming up with other suitable housing solutions and new dreams.

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Property Goals for a Kiwi Future
How do I go about building a granny flat

How do I go about building a granny flat

They might sound old-fashioned, but granny flats are one of the hottest trends in Australian construction right now. We’ve answered the most popular questions when it comes to creating a granny flat.

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How do I go about building a granny flat
Renovating can change your lifestyle

Renovating can change your lifestyle

After packing up her home, Carly has settled into her new place and discusses the changes it has produced for her own family and lifestyle. Say hello to new renovation adventures from Carly Flynn!

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Renovating can change your lifestyle
Top 5 tips for renovation projects

Top 5 tips for renovation projects

The success of any renovation project is in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t think anyone nurses deep regrets after renovating their own home. We know how things looked beforehand so we appreciate the improvements. Today, thanks to a knocked-out wall, there’s a new kitchen that opens up to the living room. Way better! By Duncan Stuart.

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Top 5 tips for renovation projects
Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating

Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating

Often, the excitement of a renovation can become all too much, with the idea that renovations can be somewhat ‘easy’. We have zoned in on the 5 crucial pitfalls that could happen when undertaking the well-deserved makeover on your abode.

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Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
A river-view home renovation in Auckland

A river-view home renovation in Auckland

A property’s potential was realised with the modernisation of four rundown dwellings with river views in an up and coming area of Auckland.  

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A river-view home renovation in Auckland
Ten unique renovation ideas

Ten unique renovation ideas

Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes, it’s the unusual, the quirky, the unique that makes a project. Renovation doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. It can be whatever you want it to be. We’ve gathered together some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next renovation project.

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Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

We all get that urge to get started on a reno after watching a dramatic, fast-paced renovation TV series – but how real is it? By Carly Flynn.

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Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life