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.
Tips when renovating an apartment
These must-know tips will help you sidestep the pitfalls that can come with renovating an apartment before anything goes wrong.
The importance of interior design
A new addition prompts some serious action by our serial renovator, who has experienced first hand the benefit of calling in a renovation specialist.
A modern bathroom makeover in Wanganui
A small and outdated bathroom is stripped back to make a clean slate for a brand new modern bathroom - all without requiring a building consent. Find out why.
Whatever the weather, the bathroom provides a retreat after a long day. Bathroom styles are not only changing, they are also bridging the gap from modern and classic, but especially the old and new.
An open kitchen renovation in Parnell
A variety of materials and finishes come together to create a refurbished kitchen and bathroom that brighten up the home.
A villa transformation in Ponsonby
A well-planned renovation turns a classic villa into a modern, open and light space while staying true to its original style.
Window insulation options that can save you money
Installing effective window insulation can be pricey, but investing smart from the start will save you money and increase the value of your property.
Are you into modern gas fireplaces? Or do you prefer old-fashioned wood-burning fire? In this column, Duncan Stuart shares his experiences with home heating.
A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera
This state house renovation promised an open and modern but eminently functional home. The result is the perfect reflection of the owners’ shared aesthetic and is now a three-storey design showpiece.
FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster
Venetian plaster’s subtly textured, lustrous finish epitomises timeless elegance. Here is all you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster.
Concrete flooring and its benefits
There was a time when having an exposed concrete floor might have prompted your friends to chip in and buy you a carpet, assuming that you couldn’t afford to buy one yourself. How times have changed…
Are you renovating and want a connected home with more control?
NERO is the affordable, scalable and wireless automation solution from PDL by Schneider Electric that allows you to create a smart home one switch at a time. Your smart phone or tablet becomes the control interface for all your connected devices, seamlessly merging lifestyle and technology into one.
How to maintain your property in the winter
Property maintenance is always important, but it becomes paramount during winter. These are our top tips for maintaining and adding value to your home this season.
A villa makeover in Auckland
Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.
An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland
It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.
Duncan Stuart's Kitchen Sink Sage
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his latest experience with a kitchen renovation and reflects on how good communication needs to be at the heart of every project.