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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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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
Bringing the indoors out

Bringing the indoors out

Outdoor rooms are a wonderful way of extending your living space. Here is how – with a little bit of planning – you can turn your garden or deck into a luxurious outside lounge.

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Bringing the indoors out
Planning new feature lighting for your home

Planning new feature lighting for your home

Feature lighting can be one or more decorative light fixtures that make a statement in your home. It can be a chandelier or pendant, cluster of pendants, wall light or even a floor lamp.

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Planning new feature lighting for your home
Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert

Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert

Renovations are complex and require many specialists, so consider choosing a reliable project manager who can be your one point of contact.

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Questions to ask when choosing a renovation expert
Improve your homes street appeal with a fence

Improve your homes street appeal with a fence

Quality homes deserve a quality fence – and that’s what Jenkins new A-lign fencing solution delivers.

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Improve your homes street appeal with a fence
Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas

Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas

Once upon a time a kitchen was simply the room in which food was prepared and cooked. Those days are long gone: these days the kitchen is arguably the hardest working room in a home. It’s a multi-functional gathering and entertaining space where families  prepare and share food and drink, work, supervise homework and much more.

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Inspirational kitchen renovation ideas
Renovating homes built in the 1970s in the UK

Renovating homes built in the 1970s in the UK

Fantastic wallpapers, crazy colour combinations and textured carpets come to mind when thinking about 1970s homes.

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Renovating homes built in the 1970s in the UK
Tile grouting guide

Tile grouting guide

Deciding what grout to use with your new tiles can be just as important as the selection of the tiles themselves.

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Tile grouting guide
Create an electrical plan before you start your renovation

Create an electrical plan before you start your renovation

If you are planning a complete overhaul of your home, you need to allow for plenty of plug outlets for each room. Resident expert Jon King gives recommendations based on a standard three-bedroom house.

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Create an electrical plan before you start your renovation
Colour your kitchen with Russell Hobbs

Colour your kitchen with Russell Hobbs

Is your kitchen looking a little stale and in need of a mini makeover?

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Colour your kitchen with Russell Hobbs
How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?

How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?

Not everything in your home has to be pristine. The battered and tired state of old wooden furniture can add to its appeal.

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How can you revamp old things to make them look more modern?
What should you look out for when you are purchasing a do-up property?

What should you look out for when you are purchasing a do-up property?

In assessing candidate properties it is important to do your homework regarding any preceding work. For example, is there a Code of Compliance issued for the work?

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What should you look out for when you are purchasing a do-up property?
Choosing a plumber for your home renovation

Choosing a plumber for your home renovation

Decisions early on in the renovation project, such as which plumber you choose, can make a big difference to your end result. Columnist Duncan Stuart found out that making the wrong choice meant coming home to find his whole back yard excavated.

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Choosing a plumber for your home renovation
How to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro

How to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro

There are a few basic guidelines that can help ensure that your Christmas tree best expresses your household’s unique history and ever-evolving art forms, and fits well in your home environment. Here’s a sampling of tips from the experts.

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How to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro