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.
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?
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.
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.*
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Examine your money personality
Finding financial decision-making fraught with stress? Examine your money personality.
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…
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.
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.
Tips on choosing art
In addition to colour and wallpaper, art can take centre stage when decorating your walls. Renovate’s interior design expert explains how.
Planning an outdoor room
Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White applies her design principles to her garden and plans the outdoor room of her dreams.
Are you looking to renovate your bathroom?
Renovate’s interior design expert Donna White takes a refreshing look at designing bathrooms.
Beat bugs with bug juice from Resene
Resene has a handy new product into store called Bug Juice. It’s new into the country but has been used for over 20 years in America. It kills crawling and flying insects on contact with treated surfaces inside or outside