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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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Acquiring Planning Permission in the UK

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. 

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Acquiring Planning Permission in the UK
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
How to plan a home renovation

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.

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How to plan a home renovation
Creating a roof terrace in the UK

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.

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Creating a roof terrace in the UK
Top tips when choosing stairs for your home

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.

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Top tips when choosing stairs for your home
How to childproof your home during a 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.

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How to childproof your home during a renovation
Federation of Master Builders rallies for mandatory licensing

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.

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Federation of Master Builders rallies for mandatory licensing
Converting a garage into a living space in the UK

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.

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Converting a garage into a living space in the UK
Eco Homes in the UK

Eco Homes in the UK

Britain is making a change to a more environmentally friendly nation. See what people are doing to reduce their energy usage and make their homes healthier for themselves and for the planet.

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Eco Homes in the UK
Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey

Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey

There is just something special about the Greek islands. Get inspired by the Cycladic characteristics, whether you are renovating your living space, bathroom or bedroom.

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Bringing The Greek Islands To Your Odyssey
Scandinavian Design Meets Victorian Flair In Chiswick

Scandinavian Design Meets Victorian Flair In Chiswick

Scandinavian touches and modern design elements give a tired West London abode a uniquely fresh, clean and elegant appearance whilst maintaining its original Victorian flair.

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Scandinavian Design Meets Victorian Flair In Chiswick
How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit

How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit

The kitchen can be a make-or-break for potential buyers, so if you’re looking to sell in the future you must read this article. 

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How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Profit
Contemporary Refurbishment Of Wimbledon Terrace House

Contemporary Refurbishment Of Wimbledon Terrace House

Additional rear and roof extensions, seamless skylights, concrete floors, exposed brickwork, a projecting glass box, whitewashed slats and oak ribs have created an enthralling new take on a period house in Wimbledon. 

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Contemporary Refurbishment Of Wimbledon Terrace House
Most Common Renovation Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Most Common Renovation Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, which is why we’ve pulled together some of the most common renovation regrets to help you avoid making them yourself.

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Most Common Renovation Mistakes & How To Avoid Them
To Renovate Or Move?

To Renovate Or Move?

When your house becomes that little bit too small, too tired or the layout simply doesn’t suit your lifestyle any longer, there are generally two options: relocating or renovating. We’re taking a closer look at what’s involved and what the primary risk factors are.

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To Renovate Or Move?
What are the restrictions when building a garage?

What are the restrictions when building a garage?

Building a garage, while a relatively simple process, can accumulate some cost depending on the level of consent required. Read this guide before starting your renovation project.

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What are the restrictions when building a garage?