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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.

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What exactly is a wet room?

What exactly is a wet room?

Wet rooms are usually defined as fully waterproofed areas where the walls of the bathroom form the boundaries of the shower itself. Wet rooms typically include a sink and toilet; there may or may not be a bathtub as well.

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What exactly is a wet room?
Beachside 1950s Home Renovation

Beachside 1950s Home Renovation

An eco-friendly renovation of a double story 1950s home has taken full advantage or its prime position opposite Dunedin’s St Clair beach.

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Beachside 1950s Home Renovation
Light and bright townhouse renovation

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

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Light and bright townhouse renovation
A lofty renovation

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.

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A lofty renovation
Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow

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.

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Transformation of an Auckland Bungalow
The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?

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.

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The Big Reveal - When to show off your renovation?
Create a space to work at home

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.

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Create a space to work at home
Interior Design: Getting it right

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, interior designer, answers these questions and more…

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Interior Design: Getting it right
Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on

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.

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Good lighting design requires careful consideration early on
Planning an outdoor room

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.

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Planning an outdoor room
How to choose outdoor furniture

How to choose outdoor furniture

One of summer’s greatest pleasures is dining outdoors. Here is our low down on how to choose outdoor furniture that is built to last and fits the style of your garden or deck.

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How to choose outdoor furniture
Walk-in-wardrobes

Walk-in-wardrobes

Ten top things to think about to ensure you get your walk-in wardrobe working for you.

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Walk-in-wardrobes
Painting tips for your bathroom

Painting tips for your bathroom

Painting your bathroom is one the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways of transforming the look of one of the most popular and used rooms in a home,” says Dulux colour expert, Gretchen Flynn, who has compiled some tips, tricks and colour advice to help get your bathroom renovation project off to a great start.

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Painting tips for your bathroom
6 steps to a great kitchen

6 steps to a great kitchen

As with all great journeys your kitchen renovation is a series of individual steps.

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6 steps to a great kitchen
How to improve your wardrobe space

How to improve your wardrobe space

From toys and shoes through to handbags and dresses – we accumulate many treasured items that we need to find a home for. That’s why well-designed storage spaces are a necessary feature of any bedroom.

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How to improve your wardrobe space
Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home

Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. They provide an intimate connection to the surrounding environment, allow light and warmth to stream in and control ventilation. They can also make a bold statement about your style and the way you live.

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Enhancing the indoor outdoor flow of your home