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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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Federation of Master Builders rallies for mandatory licensing

Federation of Master Builders rallies for mandatory licensing

Federation of Master Builders has issued a rallying call to the UK government to consider a form of mandatory licensing. Stipulating a compulsory licence to be the minimum qualification required to set up as a builder would, the FMB maintains, restore the public’s faith in the building trade by guaranteeing a consistent level of skills and professionalism.

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Federation of Master Builders rallies for mandatory licensing
Converting a garage into a living space in the UK

Converting a garage into a living space in the UK

If you would like to add more living space to your home without extending the floorplan, you’ve probably considered converting your garage into a living space. In this article, we will go through the key things you should know before you get started.

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Converting a garage into a living space in the UK
Eco Homes in the UK

Eco Homes in the UK

Britain is making a change to a more environmentally friendly nation. See what people are doing to reduce their energy usage and make their homes healthier for themselves and for the planet.

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Eco Homes in the UK
Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey

Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey

There is just something special about the Greek islands. Get inspired by the Cycladic characteristics, whether you are renovating your living space, bathroom or bedroom.

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Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey
Scandinavian Design Meets Victorian Flair In Chiswick

Scandinavian Design Meets Victorian Flair In Chiswick

Scandinavian touches and modern design elements give a tired West London abode a uniquely fresh, clean and elegant appearance whilst maintaining its original Victorian flair.

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Scandinavian Design Meets Victorian Flair In Chiswick
How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit

How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit

The kitchen can be a make-or-break for potential buyers, so if you’re looking to sell in the future you must read this article. 

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How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit
Contemporary Refurbishment Of Wimbledon Terrace House

Contemporary Refurbishment Of Wimbledon Terrace House

Additional rear and roof extensions, seamless skylights, concrete floors, exposed brickwork, a projecting glass box, whitewashed slats and oak ribs have created an enthralling new take on a period house in Wimbledon. 

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Contemporary Refurbishment Of Wimbledon Terrace House
Renovation Regrets & How To Avoid Them

Renovation Regrets & How To Avoid Them

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, which is why we’ve pulled together some of the most common renovation regrets to help you avoid making them yourself.

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Renovation Regrets & How To Avoid Them
To Renovate Or Move?

To Renovate Or Move?

When your house becomes that little bit too small, too tired or the layout simply doesn’t suit your lifestyle any longer, there are generally two options: relocating or renovating. We’re taking a closer look at what’s involved and what the primary risk factors are.

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To Renovate Or Move?
What are the restrictions when building a garage?

What are the restrictions when building a garage?

Building a garage, while a relatively simple process, can accumulate some cost depending on the level of consent required. Read this guide before starting your renovation project.

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What are the restrictions when building a garage?
Same Level Extensions

Same Level Extensions

Whether you are looking to extend to create a light-filled, open-plan kitchen or to add an extra bedroom, study or sunroom onto your current house for more living space – same-level extensions offer endless opportunities.  

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Same Level Extensions
Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

Entrance areas are often an overlooked space in the home. Find out how to make this space functional in addition to welcoming you and your guests home.

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Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming
Living Room Style & Accessories Guide

Living Room Style & Accessories Guide

The living room is the most lively and lived in part of the home. Make sure it tells your unique story with the right colours and accessories to suit your style.

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Living Room Style & Accessories Guide
Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

As the kitchen is one of the most used places in the home – picking out what style and direction you want to take is a big decision. We’ve made it easy for you by putting together four of our favourite signature kitchen styles that each have their own personality. From modern and sleek to rustic and homely – which one would you choose?

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Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from
Why are Micro Homes trending?

Why are Micro Homes trending?

Whether you love or hate the idea of downsizing, a micro-life presents a revolution in thinking about how and why we live the way we do.

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Why are Micro Homes trending?
How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?

Wouldn’t it be great to fuel up at home? With rapid advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) technology, it is prudent for any renovator today to future proof their garage with a dedicated EV charging circuit. Turning your garage into a filling station is an easy thing to achieve.

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How can I create an Electric Vehicle friendly garage?