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.
The legal requirements for building a new garage or carport
Regardless of whether a Building Consent is required, the replacement garage or carport must comply with the New Zealand Building Code.
Replacing carpet with wooden flooring
Modern floor plans lean towards one floor covering throughout the living areas and hard flooring is the product of choice.
Converting your existing home into accessible housing design
Apart from including a level entry or curbless shower, there are other key elements you need to consider when designing an accessible bathroom, In terms of your kitchen, the key thing to consider is enough space around appliances and cupboards.
Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert
Renovations are complex and require many specialists, so consider choosing a reliable project manager who can be your one point of contact.
Replacing bathroom fixtures
Bathrooms, and showers in particular, can be a veritable bag of surprises when it comes to replacing or renovating.
Improve your homes street appeal with a fence
Quality homes deserve a quality fence – and that’s what Jenkins new A-lign fencing solution delivers.
Every successful renovation starts with a good idea, and there is now a company that can turn your building ideas into solid ‘concepts’.
Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bath
Nothing says luxury like a freestanding bath and increasingly people are seeking this luxury statement for their homes. Free-standing baths are certainly the latest trend in bathroomware and the Caroma Aura bath is quickly establishing itself as a market leading product choice. Read more.
Get wardrobe space while keeping original bungalow décor
Back in the 1920s, before shopping malls existed, there wasn’t much call for large wardrobes for the simple reason that most people didn’t possess that many clothes.
Heating up a 1960s home
Insulation will make your house more comfortable and insure against future energy price rises.
Home insurance changes in New Zealand
The aftershocks from the Christchurch earthquakes are still being felt through New Zealand. The latest is how we will insure our houses from mid 2013.
Replacing your windows with double-glazing
Double glazing can considerably reduce this heat loss, while also minimising outdoor noise and condensation, which causes dampness and mould.
Colour your home with Resene’s trendy tones
Colour your world this year with Resene’s new trendy tones.
Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas
Once upon a time a kitchen was simply the room in which food was prepared and cooked. Those days are long gone: these days the kitchen is arguably the hardest working room in a home. It’s a multi-functional gathering and entertaining space where families prepare and share food and drink, work, supervise homework and much more.
Healthy and efficient ventilation systems for your home
Ventilation is key for a healthy, efficient and comfortable home – keeping moisture, dampness and mould at bay – especially now that we’ve settled into our new homes to hibernate over winter.
Renovating homes built in the 1970s
Fantastic wallpapers, crazy colour combinations and textured carpets come to mind when thinking about 1970s homes.