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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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How to select the best brick for your extension

How to select the best brick for your extension

Still the default choice for extensions, bricks come in a variety of sizes, colours and textures, so how do you make the right choice?

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How to select the best brick for your extension
Why building an annexe makes financial sense

Why building an annexe makes financial sense

An increasing number of homeowners are planning ahead by looking to their gardens to provide accommodation for both generations in the form of a self-contained annexe.

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Why building an annexe makes financial sense
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?
How to brighten up your basement conversion

How to brighten up your basement conversion

Making use of your basement is an excellent way to create more liveable space in your home and simultaneously increasing it’s value. The obious downside of basement living areas is the lack of natural light. In this article we look at how to manipulate aspects of your basement renovation, like the lighting, flooring and layout to create a basement that fells fresh, spacious and liveable.

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How to brighten up your basement conversion
Why Build a Garden Room?

Why Build a Garden Room?

A Garden room, also known by other names such as summer house or log cabin, is an increasingly popular way to increase the living space of your home. Requiring only a little lawn space and usually no planning permits, Garden rooms are a great way to add a seperate space to your home that can be built to accommodate a variety of purposes.

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Why Build a Garden Room?
Extending to Add Value

Extending to Add Value

Refresh Renovations are builders in Bristol offering design and build services for homeowners looking for extensions, new-builds and home renovations.

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Extending to Add Value
When is the best time of year to renovate in the UK?

When is the best time of year to renovate in the UK?

All though there may not be one time of year that is ideal for all renovations, Refresh Renovations UK has some helpful tips for those who are unsure what time is best suited to execute their renovation plans.

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When is the best time of year to renovate in the UK?
Building Underground: What could you do with a Basement Building Extension?

Building Underground: What could you do with a Basement Building Extension?

If you can not extend outwards or upwards, there is another way, downwards. Use the ground beneath your house to gain that valuable extra space. Refresh UK can assist you in getting planning permission, meeting building regulations and understanding the type of soil you’re excavating.

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Building Underground: What could you do with a Basement Building Extension?
5 Quick tips for planning permission approval

5 Quick tips for planning permission approval

Talk to anyone with a building project in mind and they’re certain to groan at the thought of submitting plans and chasing them through the system until approval is granted. It can be frustrating and time-consuming, and there’s ultimately no guarantee that you’ll be given the go-ahead.

At Refresh, we’ve been through this process many times, so we’ve compiled several ways in which can improve the chances of having your projects signed off.

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5 Quick tips for planning permission approval
Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne

Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne

Melbourne homeowners David and Paola had decided that their garage was not being used to its full potential. Seeing the opportunity, they replaced the oversized garage with a two storey brick extension. The aim of the extension was to reduce the total footprint of the dwelling while creating more internal living space, and maximising the outdoor area.

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Recycled brick house extension in Melbourne
9 Best garage conversion ideas

9 Best garage conversion ideas

An unused garage presents a massive opportunity to create a fresh new space in your home, without major construction costs. Whether it becomes a home gym, home office or entertainment room is really up to you! We've put together the Top 9 most popular garage conversion options that you will want to consider before getting started.

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9 Best garage conversion ideas
What’s the best roof type for my home extension?

What’s the best roof type for my home extension?

The Refresh Cambridge Builders will advise on the suitability of the roof, and it’s worth considering all the options at the design stage.

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What’s the best roof type for my home extension?
Where do I start with my loft conversion?

Where do I start with my loft conversion?

A renovation that has become very popular in the UK is loft conversions. Renovating your loft is an excellent way add more living space without having to increase your home’s footprint. Loft conversions are a relatively to get approval for and will generally add significant value to your home.Read on if you’re ready to uncover your loft’s full potential.

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Where do I start with my loft conversion?
Will a lean-to extension work for me?

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.

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Will a lean-to extension work for me?
10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe

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.

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10 things you need to know before building a new wardrobe
GRP Roofing

GRP Roofing

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.  

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GRP Roofing