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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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Comparing Window Products

Comparing Window Products

In this article, writer Karen Lawrence looks at the pros and cons of the latest products in window design.

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Comparing Window Products
Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home

Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home

How well do you know your roof? If words like jerkinhead, saltbox, cross-hipped and sawtooth are new to you…then you’re about to discover a whole new world. Those are just some of the names you might come across when planning your roof renovation project. In this article, we give an overview of some different design options, along with their pros and cons.

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Take it from the top: choosing a roof type for your home
Sprucing up your ex-council flat

Sprucing up your ex-council flat

With the stigma that comes with buying an ex-council flat, demand for them can be a little lower than their non-council counterparts. This makes them a great investment for anyone trying to get an in on a first home; with a solid foundation and room to make your unique mark on the property.

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Sprucing up your ex-council flat
Housing Trend Prediction For the UK

Housing Trend Prediction For the UK

With 2018 at its end, it seems only right to look both back and forward to see the trends that have shaped the year and the ones that will inform the next.

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Housing Trend Prediction For the UK
What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?

What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?

What should be considered, both pre-renovation and post-renovation, when it comes to styling?

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What should I consider when styling my home, pre and post-renovation?
Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition

Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition

Demolition disaster stories are common, but is there a way of avoiding disaster before embarking on the demolition phase of your home?

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Unwelcome Surprises During A Demolition
Planning your shower – what to consider

Planning your shower – what to consider

These days, selecting your shower isn’t a black and white decision. There’s level-entry showers, showers over bathtubs, enclosed corner showers...and then there’s choosing materials that work within your budget! We know what it’s like, so we’ve put together a guide to simplify the shower-selecting process!

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Planning your shower – what to consider
The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager

The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager

If the hero of a classic Western is the good-looking cowboy who rides in on horseback, the hero of any building site is the project manager. Convinced you’d do a better job than a project manager? Here are a few reasons why you’re wrong.

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The Good, the Good & the Good of a Project Manager
Adding value to your property – what to consider?

Adding value to your property – what to consider?

If you want to get the best return possible on your property, there are a few straightforward ways to add value - without breaking the bank. In this article, we show you a few budget-friendly ways to get started.  

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Adding value to your property – what to consider?
What you need to know when planning a renovation in a conservation area

What you need to know when planning a renovation in a conservation area

When embarking on a renovation project in a conservation area, there will come with it a plethora of things to consider and hurdles to jump over in order to make certain changes to your property.

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What you need to know when planning a renovation in a conservation area
He said, what? Decoding building lingo

He said, what? Decoding building lingo

The following line-up clarifies a few of the physical descriptors that renovators will likely hear in relation to their property.

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He said, what? Decoding building lingo
Building a greener future

Building a greener future

Cambridge builders, Refresh Renovations, offer sustainable design and build services for homeowners looking for new-builds, home renovations and extensions in Cambridge

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Building a greener future
How the Refresh Cambridge team covers all the bases

How the Refresh Cambridge team covers all the bases

Cambridge builders, Refresh Renovations, offer design and build services for homeowners looking for new-builds, home renovations, extensions, loft conversions and kitchen redesigns

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How the Refresh Cambridge team covers all the bases
Now there’s an idea – smart home tech for 2019

Now there’s an idea – smart home tech for 2019

Incorporate the latest smart home tech into your new-build, home renovation or extension with Cambridge builders, Refresh Renovations

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Now there’s an idea – smart home tech for 2019
What classes as permitted development?

What classes as permitted development?

If you’re hoping to add an extension to your home in order to create more space for your family or to accommodate an elderly relative, it’s important to understand when planning permission is required and when the work will be classed as ‘permitted development’. In this article, we'll outline the types of development projects that nest safely under the umbrella of Permitted development, as well as the ones that you will need approval for.

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What classes as permitted development?
The Insider's Guide to Home Heating Solutions in the UK

The Insider's Guide to Home Heating Solutions in the UK

When it comes to home renovation and extension projects, the heating is a key issue for consideration, not only in the quest to keep your family warm during the winter months, but also to maintain your utility bills at a manageable level in the future. In this article, we will look at the top Home Heating Solutions available in the UK, so you can make an educated decision on how to best heat your home. 

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The Insider's Guide to Home Heating Solutions in the UK