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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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Outdoor kitchen options and ideas

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. 

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Outdoor kitchen options and ideas
Kitchen pantry storage options

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.

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Kitchen pantry storage options
Paint your home with Emerald, the 2013 colour of the year

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.

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Paint your home with Emerald, the 2013 colour of the year
Bathroom Renovation ideas that will help keep your bathroom comfortable and accessible as you age

Bathroom Renovation ideas that will help keep your bathroom comfortable and accessible as you age

Ageing, and its associated implications, are a reality and should not be ignored, especially when considering your next bathroom renovation.

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Bathroom Renovation ideas that will help keep your bathroom comfortable and accessible as you age
5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger

5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger

Is your bathroom small and cramped? Wish you had more space? The good news is that you don’t have to add extra square metres to make your bathroom look bigger. Using simple tricks that fool the eye may be all you need to make your bathroom appear more spacious.

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5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger
How to create a home office

How to create a home office

Whether you work from home, manage a home, commute to your workspace, or combine all three, its difficult these days to get away without some sort of administration corner at home for keeping track of bills, records, accounts and storing all the associated paraphernalia.

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How to create a home office
How much does it cost to renovate a house in New Zealand?

How much does it cost to renovate a house in New Zealand?

Whether the dream home you would like to buy – or have already bought – needs a new coat of paint, a kitchen makeover or a loft conversion, it’s important to plan your budget and get an understanding of the expected costs.

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How much does it cost to renovate a house in New Zealand?
Top 10 window styles

Top 10 window styles

Deciding on a window for your home is about a balance between aesthetics and function; we get expert advice from Darryl Church on 10 basic styles.

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Top 10 window styles
Winter home maintenance ideas

Winter home maintenance ideas

With winter doing its best to keep most of us indoors, it’s a good time to take stock of your home, plan any upcoming renovations and landscaping, and check your equipment and tools are ship-shape and ready for spring.

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Winter home maintenance ideas
What exactly is a wet room?

What exactly is a wet room?

Wet rooms are usually defined as fully waterproofed areas where the walls of the bathroom form the boundaries of the shower itself. Wet rooms typically include a sink and toilet; there may or may not be a bathtub as well.

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What exactly is a wet room?
Villa Renovation Tips

Villa Renovation Tips

Jostling for space on leaf-lined, inner-city streets, and punctuating pot-holed gravel routes located well off the beaten track, the classic villa is often exposed in various states of renovation.

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Villa Renovation Tips
Caroma's premium free-standing bath range

Caroma's premium free-standing bath range

Baths are experiencing a renaissance in the bathroom, particularly in the area of free-standing baths.  Free-standing baths not only provide a design feature within the bathroom, but they can also save cost since they eliminate the need to build frames or add tiles around the bath.

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Caroma's premium free-standing bath range
Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation

Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation

Are you looking to buy a do-upper to transform into your dream home? Or have you been living in your house for a while and are ready to make some alterations? Here are the key steps that will help you plan your renovation and create the home you want.

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Key steps that will help you plan your home renovation
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