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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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Warm the house up

Warm the house up

Keeping your home healthy and warm during the colder months requires careful preparation. Put insulation and heating in place well ahead of time to ensure your home is nice and snug.

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Warm the house up
Dorf Epic mixers and accessories

Dorf Epic mixers and accessories

Dorf is proud to announce the release of the Epic range of bathroom mixers and accessories.  These new products join the already successful Epic Sink Mixer which was released in 2012.

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Dorf Epic mixers and accessories
The Serial Renovator

The Serial Renovator

A burst pipe opens the floodgates to a renovation obsession for journalist and tv presenter, Carly Flynn.

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The Serial Renovator
Beachside 1950s Home Renovation

Beachside 1950s Home Renovation

An eco-friendly renovation of a double story 1950s home has taken full advantage or its prime position opposite Dunedin’s St Clair beach.

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Beachside 1950s Home Renovation
Resene ColourMatch iPhone App helps you choose colour

Resene ColourMatch iPhone App helps you choose colour

Seen a colour you’d love to use on a project? Maybe it was at the beach, on a fabric or on a building, but you don’t know what that colour is or how to describe it? Resene ColourMatch can help.

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Resene ColourMatch iPhone App helps you choose colour
Colour with confidence

Colour with confidence

Resene's first love may be paint but their second has to be colour. Glorious colour. And to help open up the endless possibilities of colour choices, Resene has created the new habitat plus book devoted to colour – from the most vibrant reds and yellows, to soothing neutrals and moody black. 

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Colour with confidence
Light and bright townhouse renovation

Light and bright townhouse renovation

A thoughtful renovation of a townhouse in the Auckland suburb of Epsom has provided the owners with a light, bright and classically beautiful home

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Light and bright townhouse renovation
A lofty renovation

A lofty renovation

In a clever loft renovation on Auckland’s North Shore, the small roof space above a double garage has been transformed into very liveable guest quarters.

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A lofty renovation
Add dimension to your walls with wallpaper

Add dimension to your walls with wallpaper

Dress up your walls with the Texture Style wallpaper collection with a range of striking designs in colours and textures designed to make a statement in your home.

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Add dimension to your walls with wallpaper
How to solve unequal water pressure

How to solve unequal water pressure

Whilst most new homes are built with mains water pressure for hot and cold water, a large number of homes over 15 years of age operate with unequal water pressure.

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How to solve unequal water pressure
Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow

Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow

An ambitious renovation in Auckland’s Mt Albert has seen a tiny bungalow transformed into a statement-making family home.

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Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow
The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?

The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?

The big reveal of your new renovation to family and friends can be a bit of an anticlimax, warns Duncan Stuart.

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The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?
Warm up this winter with curtains from Resene

Warm up this winter with curtains from Resene

Keep your house warm, cosy and looking good this coming winter with this special offer from Resene.

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Warm up this winter with curtains from Resene
Methven Satinjet Showers

Methven Satinjet Showers

Whether you’re completing a full-scale renovation project or simply wish to update your bathroom – you can now bring award-winning design home with the Koha and the Waipori Satinjet hand showers.

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Methven Satinjet Showers
Create a space to work at home

Create a space to work at home

For many people a home workspace is no longer a luxury, it’s a must. Yet all too often, this hard-working area of the family real estate doesn’t benefit from the same thought and attention to detail as other areas. Here are six simple steps to help you create a home workspace you’ll adore.

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Create a space to work at home
A look at New Zealand furniture design

A look at New Zealand furniture design

A distinctive New Zealand furniture design style is evolving – it has a natural rawness, influenced by our country and lifestyle, is uncomplicated yet at the same time stylish. We look at some of the current chair designs and the basic elements of chair construction.

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A look at New Zealand furniture design