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