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.
Healthy home hot water systems
Hot water systems are vital to your health and comfort in your home, but are easily overlooked - until something goes wrong.
Paint colour trends for 2014 from Resene
Call it retro or call it historical richness but brilliant yellows, pumpkin oranges and tomato reds are the accent colours of the season. Mix them with pretty pastels for a colourful balance and you have the hottest colour trends for 2014.
Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage
If you are thinking of renovating and contemporary urban looks are your style, you’ll definitely want to check out the following popular tile collections.
Landscaping planning tips from Natural Habitats
Good landscaping needs planning, get the designer involved early and they’ll tell you if Resource Consent is needed, more often than not it is easy to comply with the rules.
Ensuite bathroom design tips
Deciding on the layout for your ensuite will become much easier after reading tips and advice for storage, basins and setting the mood in your bathroom from Caroma.
Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream
Light, air and space. All are equally important in making a home comfortable to live or work in.
Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats
While a team from Refresh Renovations tackled the Kiwi Dream house, a team of experts from Natural Habitats looks after the landscape installation, to help achieve the dream and make the most of the spectacular views.
Clever colour technology with Resene
Resene takes us back to the beach with its sea washed colours. Popular Resene colours, from the Karen Walker Paints collection offer a modern colour palette that you can relax and enjoy.
Create indoor-outdoor flow with Bifold doors from Fletchers
Improve indoor-outdoor flow plus bring additional light by adding Fletcher's Bifold doors into your home.
Access Paint Colour Libraries On Your Phone
When you're out and about and need access to information about a product, chances are you'll pull out your phone. To help make it easier for you to access the parts of the Resene website you're likely to need when you're on the go, Resene has created a mobi version of its website.
Options to update your joinery
Find out your options and advice to update or transform your old joinery from Fletcher Aluminium expert, Ronnie Pocock.
Reducing waste when you renovate
Using recycled materials and consciously reducing waste when you renovate is a great way to protect the environment and make your money go the extra mile. We’ve compiled a handy guide to help you keep your construction waste in check and get the most out of your existing resources.
Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections
Interior designer Donna White explains how to display precious mementos without them looking cluttered.
Outdoor kitchen options and ideas
There's something deeply satisfying about cooking outside. The smell and sound of sizzling food seems to tap into our primal instinct for warmth and nourishment; and flame-grilled food tastes all the better when cooked and served in the fresh air.
Kitchen pantry storage options
Modern kitchen designs encompass colours, surfaces and textures as well as functional space and design. When creating your dream kitchen, a great starting point is kitchen functionality.
Paint your home with Emerald, the 2013 colour of the year
International colour company Pantone named its colour of the year for 2013, and the title went to...Emerald! It's hard not to love this colour, as it makes a lasting impression as a paint choice on your walls and livens up any curtain design.