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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior Design Tips: How best to display collections
Interior designer Donna White explains how to display precious mementos without them looking cluttered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.