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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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Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

A well designed home exudes a feeling of cohesion; everything feels just right. There’s a magic ingredient – subtle, yet powerful – that will help you achieve this. It’s called ‘rhythm’ and is a key interior design principle. By Donna White.

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Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge
Spotlight on spiralling housing costs

Spotlight on spiralling housing costs

Since 1 October 2013, banks favour borrowers with a minimum 20% deposit because 90% of a bank’s new loans must be at least that level. You may be able to buy a house with a 5% or 10% deposit, but it will be more difficult as banks are forced to ration those deals.

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Spotlight on spiralling housing costs
Renovate your wardrobe

Renovate your wardrobe

When space is tight and life is busy, creating a well-organised and tidy wardrobe is the one essential makeover that keeps the home humming and its inhabitants sane. By Carly Flynn.

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Renovate your wardrobe
Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas

Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas

The kitchen and dining room area are two different areas of activity, requiring different options of lighting according to your functional needs. 

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Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas
Hettich ArciTech drawer system

Hettich ArciTech drawer system

With a broad product line-up that embraces matching materials and colour-coordinated components, this drawer system offers a wealth of design combination options making it easy to meet personal preferences and respond to changing design trends.

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Hettich ArciTech drawer system
Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips

Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips

Bamboo flooring is versatile and looks great. Find out what you need to think about when preparing to install a bamboo floor and how to maintain the bamboo.

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Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips
Healthy home hot water systems

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.

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Healthy home hot water systems
Paint colour trends for 2014 from Resene

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.

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Paint colour trends for 2014 from Resene
Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage

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.

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Fresh contemporary urban tiles from Heritage
Landscaping planning tips from Natural Habitats

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.

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Landscaping planning tips from Natural Habitats
Ensuite bathroom design tips

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.

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Ensuite bathroom design tips
Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream

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.

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Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream
Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats

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.

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Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats
Clever colour technology with Resene

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.

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Clever colour technology with Resene
Create indoor-outdoor flow with Bifold doors from Fletchers

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.

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Create indoor-outdoor flow with Bifold doors from Fletchers
Access Paint Colour Libraries On Your Phone

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.

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Access Paint Colour Libraries On Your Phone