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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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Top tips for planning a laundry renovation

Top tips for planning a laundry renovation

Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a laundry that looks good and works hard every day of the week.

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Top tips for planning a laundry renovation
Re-upholstery advice

Re-upholstery advice

If you would like to breathe new life into your furniture and think it would be nice to have reupholstered, here's what you need to know and plan for and what you should look out for when choosing fabric to ensure you make the right decision.

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Re-upholstery advice
Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge

A well designed home exudes a feeling of cohesion; everything feels just right. There’s a magic ingredient – subtle, yet powerful – that will help you achieve this. It’s called ‘rhythm’ and is a key interior design principle. By Donna White.

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Understanding interior design principles will give you the edge
Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas

Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas

The kitchen and dining room area are two different areas of activity, requiring different options of lighting according to your functional needs. 

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Cathedral ceiling lighting ideas
Hettich ArciTech drawer system

Hettich ArciTech drawer system

With a broad product line-up that embraces matching materials and colour-coordinated components, this drawer system offers a wealth of design combination options making it easy to meet personal preferences and respond to changing design trends.

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Hettich ArciTech drawer system
Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips

Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips

Bamboo flooring is versatile and looks great. Find out what you need to think about when preparing to install a bamboo floor and how to maintain the bamboo.

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Bamboo flooring preparation and maintenance tips
Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections

Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections

Interior designer Donna White explains how to display precious mementos without them looking cluttered. 

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Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections
Kitchen pantry storage options

Kitchen pantry storage options

Modern kitchen designs encompass colours, surfaces and textures as well as functional space and design. When creating your dream kitchen, a great starting point is kitchen functionality.

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Kitchen pantry storage options
How to create a home office

How to create a home office

Whether you work from home, manage a home, commute to your workspace, or combine all three, its difficult these days to get away without some sort of administration corner at home for keeping track of bills, records, accounts and storing all the associated paraphernalia.

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How to create a home office
Top 10 window styles

Top 10 window styles

Deciding on a window for your home is about a balance between aesthetics and function; we get expert advice from Darryl Church on 10 basic styles.

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Top 10 window styles
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?