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.
Will a lean-to extension work for me?
Home extensions can often be viewed as a daunting task but Refresh believes that they don’t have to be. Lean-to extensions are a great solution as they are time efficient, create a lot of space and are relatively cost-effective. Choosing an extension constructed from glass can be a great way to create a sun-room and add interest to your home. In this article, we’ll look at whether a sun-room is the right option for your home.
Can you renovate a listed building?
Listed buildings in the UK are buildings of historical or architectural significance that are protected by government and thus require permission before any renovations or even repairs can take place. If you’re one of the lucky few who own one of these pieces of British history, this article will shed some light on the do’s and don’ts of renovating a listed building.
10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe
Well-designed wardrobes can make your day to day life easier and increase the value of your home. If you’re thinking of creating a walk in wardrobe but don’t know where to begin, here are our top 10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe.
How smart is your home?
Technology is undeniably important in our everyday lives. We are always connected, but are we using technology to its full potential in the home? In this article, we’ll outline some of the ways that technology can be incorporated into the home to make an everyday task easier, faster and more fun.
Do I need an architect for my renovation?
In the past, most homeowners would need to first seek out an architect to complete detailed drawings of who they want the end result to look. At Refresh Renovations, we believe in first assisting homeowners to develop their vision and make them aware of what is truly possible by taking buget, function and building codes into consideration. This way we can come up with a concept that is feasible as well as visually appealing.
Why Hire a Renovation Project Manager?
With the wealth of information online and the numerous home renovation shows on TV, it’s easy to believe that home renovations are straightforward and simple when in reality, even the simplest project can quickly become problematic and very expensive. In this article, we’ll go into some of the hidden challenges of renovating and why having a professional manage the project can save you a lot of stress and regret.
Design a Baby Nursery in 7 steps
“Where will the baby sleep?” is among the most commonly pondered questions by almost-parents. Luckily babies are small and don’t actually require very much space at all. There’s no need to move house, but you should try to get the important things right. We give you our 7 top tips on creating a beautiful baby nursery that even a newborn will love.
Stamp Duty and relocation costs
Moving home can be stressful and expensive so many UK homeowners have determined that the best decision in many cases is to renovate your existing home to meet your changing needs. Refresh Renovations UK can help you extend or renovate your existing property.
Acquiring Planning Permission in the UK
Getting Planning Permission can be one of the most difficult aspects of a home renovation. For cities with many historic buildings like Cambridge, regulations are often strict, complex and confusing. Here is some information on acquiring planning permission.
If you own a home with a flat roof or are looking at converting to a flat roof, then you will need to decide on what roof covering will be used to protect from the weather damage. In this article, we explore RGP roofing and other flat roof options.
How to plan a home renovation
If you’re set on renovating your home but you don’t know where to start, this detailed article will give you a 7 step action plan to assist you in planning a home renovation. Following these steps will ensure you get the result you desire, and minimimise the unexpected hiccups.
Creating a roof terrace in the UK
When it comes to renovations, this one has an undeniable allure. Imagine taking in the city lights, or watching the sunset…from your very own rooftop oasis.
If you’re thinking about taking things up a level, we bring you some need-to-know advice.
Top tips when choosing stairs for your home
Stairs do much more than connect two floors of your home. They bring a substantial design element and can add to the overall theme of a home. Find out more about how to choose the right staircase for your next home renovation.
How to childproof your home during a renovation
Renovating the home you are living in presents a number of safety hazards to even the most cautious renovators. We often overlook the dangers that renovating a home can present to children. Find out how to make your renovation safer if you’ve got little ones poking around.
Federation of Master Builders rallies for mandatory licensing
Federation of Master Builders has issued a rallying call to the UK government to consider a form of mandatory licensing. Stipulating a compulsory licence to be the minimum qualification required to set up as a builder would, the FMB maintains, restore the public’s faith in the building trade by guaranteeing a consistent level of skills and professionalism.
Converting a garage into a living space in the UK
If you would like to add more living space to your home without extending the floorplan, you’ve probably considered converting your garage into a living space. In this article, we will go through the key things you should know before you get started.