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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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When creativity goes bad

When creativity goes bad

While imagination is a great starting point for many projects, Kylie Jurgensen finds out that too much renovation inspiration can be, well, simply too much.

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When creativity goes bad
The romance of renovating

The romance of renovating

While chivalry and courtly love is not a big part of our Kiwi heritage, Kylie Jurgensen reckons that bonding over an honest day’s work most certainly is...

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The romance of renovating
Redeeming qualities

Redeeming qualities

An ability to see potential in anything leads columnist, Kylie Jurgensen, to contemplate her next renovation project…

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Redeeming qualities
Central heating systems that are ideal for retrofitting

Central heating systems that are ideal for retrofitting

Anyone who has spent any time in northern Europe will know that there’s nothing quite like central heating to warm the cockles of your heart.

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Central heating systems that are ideal for retrofitting
Know your rights - a guide to consumer law

Know your rights - a guide to consumer law

Seasoned renovators know that good relationships with competent tradespeople and reliable suppliers are the key to a successful renovation. But what happens when things go wrong: a job isn’t up to scratch, the relationship with a contractor sours, or a product doesn’t deliver as expected?

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Know your rights - a guide to consumer law
Which type and size of hot water system is best for your home

Which type and size of hot water system is best for your home

Providing hot water accounts for around 30 per cent of the total energy costs of a typical New Zealand household – so it’s important to consider how much heated water you need and what energy sources you have available.

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Which type and size of hot water system is best for your home
Roofing Material Options

Roofing Material Options

When it comes to adding the crowning glory to your new house or replacing a tired cap on your treasured home, there are some critical roofing decisions to be made that include performance and cost.*

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Roofing Material Options
Renovation values

Renovation values

In this age of peaked house prices, worldwide austerity measures, and sluggish markets, renovation consents have remained astonishingly stable as families adopt a back-to-basics attitude and seek creative ways to use existing space.

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Renovation values
Land price pressure

Land price pressure

Two recent reports state that New Zealand house prices have – yet again – been rated as  “severely unaffordable”.  Deborah Carlyon explains what this means for the average Kiwi.

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Land price pressure
Stay money savvy

Stay money savvy

Is it a good time to buy a house?  It’s a question I hear often and for first home buyers, it’s an especially big life stage decision.

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Stay money savvy
How well can KiwiSaver provide for both a first home and retirement?

How well can KiwiSaver provide for both a first home and retirement?

Just how well does saving two or three per cent of your income help? If you withdraw to buy your first home, how will that impact on your retirement goal?

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How well can KiwiSaver provide for both a first home and retirement?
Buying and renovating an investment property

Buying and renovating an investment property

Finding your perfect home at the right price can be difficult. Often you are paying for the time, effort and money someone else has spent on a house.

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Buying and renovating an investment property
Examine your money personality

Examine your money personality

Finding financial decision-making fraught with stress? Examine your money personality.

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Examine your money personality
Interior Design: Getting it right

Interior Design: Getting it right

When is the best time to engage an interior designer? And what exactly does an interior designer do? Donna White, an Auckland-based interior designer and recent finalist in the Dulux Colour Awards answers these questions and more…

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Interior Design: Getting it right
Choosing the right colour for your home

Choosing the right colour for your home

Tips, tricks and great advice for choosing colour for your home from Renovate magazine’s very own interior design expert.

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Choosing the right colour for your home
Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on

Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on

Good lighting has the power to enhance your interiors – Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White explains how.

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Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on