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.
How do I choose the right boiler?
Without an effective boiler, you’ll struggle to stay warm and also to provide sufficient hot water for showers, baths and washing up, especially in peak demands at certain times of the day.
Top 5 tips for renovation projects
The success of any renovation project is in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t think anyone nurses deep regrets after renovating their own home. We know how things looked beforehand so we appreciate the improvements. Today, thanks to a knocked-out wall, there’s a new kitchen that opens up to the living room. Way better! By Duncan Stuart.
Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
Often, the excitement of a renovation can become all too much, with the idea that renovations can be somewhat ‘easy’. We have zoned in on the 5 crucial pitfalls that could happen when undertaking the well-deserved makeover on your abode.
Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes, it’s the unusual, the quirky, the unique that makes a project. Renovation doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. It can be whatever you want it to be. We’ve gathered together some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next renovation project.
Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life
We all get that urge to get started on a reno after watching a dramatic, fast-paced renovation TV series – but how real is it? By Carly Flynn.
Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home
Renovate writer and family woman Erin Reilly is beyond excited for her one-bedroom house to be transformed into a homely three-bedroom abode for herself and her young family. Erin shares her progress with Refresh Renovations from start to finish.
Tips when renovating an apartment
These must-know tips will help you sidestep the pitfalls that can come with renovating an apartment before anything goes wrong.
Window insulation options that can save you money
Installing effective window insulation can be pricey, but investing smart from the start will save you money and increase the value of your property.
Are you into modern gas fireplaces? Or do you prefer old-fashioned wood-burning fire? In this column, Duncan Stuart shares his experiences with home heating.
1930s property renovations in the UK
With its streamlined, boxy shape, the classic 1930s semi detached house is a hidden gem found all over British suburbs. While it’s not always glamorous in today’s view, a few easy modifications can help you turn it into a classy abode full of light and space.
The Victorian factor
Nestled in the back streets of London, this west end home has been transformed to add the ‘wow’ factor and TLC that it has always desired. A journey full of permissible ups and downs, and a conversion like no other has altered this run down town house, to stay in touch with its Victorian terrace home flair.
Victorian home renovations
A landmark of British architecture dotted around inner cities from north to south and west to east, Victorian terrace homes make up a large proportion of the UK property market. There are countless opportunities for renovating and injecting light and colour into your terrace.
Adding an underground cellar in the UK
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc – keeping a bottle (or ten or a hundred…) of your favourite wine at hand has never been easier. Read on for our top tips on creating your very own custom made, state of the art wine cellar.
Modern home renovations in the UK
Contemporary homes come in many shapes and sizes – in every town and city up and down the country. In some cases renovating modern UK houses is about a simple facelift or refresh, in other cases it is about adjusting the layout or extending usable living space.
Making the decision to renovate
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions.
An industrial apartment renovation in the UK
It can only be described as raw, industrial Swedish genius; a vintage, industrial home in a former goldsmiths workshop, combining the idea of a Gucci flagship store, black heavy metal, with crispy white and soft concrete walls.