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.
Interior Renovation Checklist
Get clear on your renovation ideas using our interior checklist.
The benefits of the design-build process
The “design-build” model comparatively, has the client, builder and architect all work together from the very start of a design to complete the client’s vision based on a set budget.
Creating a functional laundry
Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a laundry that looks good and works hard every day of the week.
What do falling interest rates mean for home renovations?
Whether you're a homeowner ready to make some updates or a potential first-time homebuyer, the recent cuts to the OCR could mean big things for your situation.
Tips for Residential Lighting
The following are some functional aspects to consider for residential lighting when considering how to light various rooms in your house.
Make over your money, before you make over your home
So, you have big plans - a spacious new kitchen, a luxe new bathroom, a stylish new bedroom, or maybe all of the above. The next step is figuring out how on earth to pay for it all.
Style VS Trends - Kitchen Benchtops
Style doesn’t date. And classic should not be confused with a traditional look. It can represent modern.
Creating a functional bathroom
Whether it’s a family bathroom or your renovating for retirement, our checklist takes you through what you need to know.
50 Shades of Beige
Beige is in. It’s safe. Easier to choose yourself. And it meets the needs of most customers.
Bathroom Renovations - Why You Should Hire an Expert
Bathrooms are one of the most commonly renovated rooms in houses. They are also one of the most susceptible to cost and time overruns. Unfortunately, self-managing them likely will run into time and cost overruns, and poor-quality finishing.
Deciding who should renovate your home
Find out what to look for in a renovations company when you are considering renovating your home.
Smarter roof vents for villas and bungalows
The latest on solar roof ventilation within older New Zealand homes.
Trend report: internal glass and metal doors: what to consider
Internal doors have a great impact on the look and feel of your space – and the recent trend of using black-framed metal glass doors brings a bit of New York loft-style glamour to your home.
The Smart Renovator’s Guide to Kitchen Renovations
Refresh has completed hundreds of kitchen renovations in New Zealand, so we know the ins and outs of what makes a successful kitchen renovation. We've distilled all of this information down for you in this Guide to Kitchen Renovations, and packed it with resources so you can get clued up on what you need to know before you begin.
Inspirational Kitchen Ideas
Central to the flow and function of everyday life, kitchens play a major role in your home. No matter if you are planning for simple updates or a major makeover, here are some amazing kitchen styles to use as inspiration.