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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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Balanced ventilation systems for your home

Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand

Hamish Aitken, Managing Director of Premier Insulation, answers how you can get fresh air into your house without opening lots of windows and losing valuable heat.

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Balanced ventilation systems in New Zealand
Get smooth industrial sliding doors

Get smooth industrial sliding doors

Architecturally designed, the Brio Open Rail range is a collection of exposed rail systems, referencing industrial style with modern, minimalist appeal.

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Get smooth industrial sliding doors
Future-proof your kitchen

Future-proof your kitchen

With more homeowners planning to ‘age in place’, the focus is increasingly on the best way to ensure convenience, comfort and safety as we look to the future. Here are some tips and advice on future-proof design when renovating your kitchen.

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Future-proof your kitchen
How much do shipping container home extensions cost?

How much do shipping container home extensions cost?

Shipping containers are popping up all over the place. We’re seeing these self-supporting structures as shops, as cafes, as offices, extensions and even complete homes! In this artcicle, we'll look at why this modular structure has gained so much popularity and what the true cost of building a container home is likely to be. 

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How much do shipping container home extensions cost?
Natural concrete finishes

Natural concrete finishes

If you have exposed concrete floors or walls – here are some finishes that make it easy to enhance the natural look of your concrete.

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Natural concrete finishes
A tough tablet for renovations

A tough tablet for renovations

Samsung has now delivered a super resilient tablet designed for New Zealand’s toughest environments.

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A tough tablet for renovations
Is your house properly covered?

Is your house properly covered?

With all the changes to house insurance, you may be wondering whether you’re property is covered.

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Is your house properly covered?
Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube

Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube

The importance of daylight in the home cannot be overstated. Explore different options to bring more natural light into the home.

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Bringing more natural light into the home with skylights and solatube
To renovate or relocate?

To renovate or relocate?

It’s hard to find the perfect home. Whether you’re in Auckland or Akaroa, Edgecombe or Ellerslie, in this market we all know the complications, expense and stress the purchase of a new home can bring.

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To renovate or relocate?
A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use

A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use

Maximise the use of your outdoor area with a Victoria+Albert freestanding bath from Robertson - a luxurious addition to any interior or exterior setting.

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A freestanding bath for indoor and outdoor use
Maximise your outdoor living

Maximise your outdoor living

With a little bit of planning and the right accessories, you can enjoy your outdoor living areas all year round. Here is how.

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Maximise your outdoor living
Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles

Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles

With the introduction of wood styled porcelain tiles manufactured through HD digital printing, homeowners can now reap the benefits of porcelain tile.

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Wood styled porcelain tiles from Heritage Tiles
Buying to renovate

Buying to renovate

Our specialists share their insight on what to look out for when buying a do-upper.

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Buying to renovate
Ensuite bathroom design tips

Ensuite bathroom design tips

Deciding on the layout for your ensuite will become much easier after reading tips and advice for storage, basins and setting the mood in your bathroom from Caroma.

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Ensuite bathroom design tips
Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream

Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream

Light, air and space. All are equally important in making a home comfortable to live or work in.

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Breezway louvre windows as seen on The Kiwi Dream
Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats

Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats

While a team from Refresh Renovations tackled the Kiwi Dream house, a team of experts from Natural Habitats looks after the landscape installation, to help achieve the dream and make the most of the spectacular views.

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Landscaping as seen on The Kiwi Dream with Natural Habitats