An apartment renovation in Grey Lynn, Auckland

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An apartment renovation in Grey Lynn, Auckland, with marble tiles and a bi-fold wardrobe.

Situated in trendy Grey Lynn, this apartment stands in one of Auckland's most desirable suburbs.

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Being part of such an attractive location already gave enough reason to upgrade the apartment to meet its modern surroundings. But the real push to renovate came about when the homeowner, Graham, learned that the entire building was about to undergo refurbishment of its exterior. 
With a large-scale development certain to happen, he decided that it was the perfect time to also tackle his apartment’s interior. It would be a challenge - that was clear. But if placed in the right hands, the apartment had potential to efficiently transform.
Eager to get started, he searched for industry experts who could manage the project. They needed to be reliable. He wanted a crew he could trust.
Upon discovering Refresh Renovations, Graham contacted our team and soon met with his local Renovation Specialist, Saleem. Right from the start, it was clear to Saleem that this project required a watchful eye and precise organisation. Not only because of the separate construction team that would be operating outside the complex, but also due to Graham’s busy work schedule which lessened his availability. 
Understanding these factors was vital for project success and ultimately shaped how each finer detail of the renovation was planned. It was this forward-thinking in Saleem’s approach which gave Graham all the reassurance he needed. His timeline and budget had been assessed with consideration of the obstacles, creative solutions were drawn up - it was all ready to run.

Creating More Space

As Saleem was working with a one-bedroom apartment, he sought to modernise the space by creating more of it. Achieving this result required a combination of structural and design improvements. In the actual renovation process, these updates translated to knocking down the wall between the kitchen and lounge, replacing the bathroom, and updating the bedroom.
After removing the dividing wall, the living section transformed into the central social hub. This improvement not only opened up the space but also made it the perfect location for social gatherings. Featuring urban-engineered timber flooring, the refined warmth from the wood makes the apartment all the more inviting.

The Kitchen

Re-constructed with cabinetry finished in Dezignatek, soft-close drawers, and european-made fixtures, the kitchen is easily the apartment’s main attraction. Really opening up the area as much as possible, Saleem had feature lighting installed under the overhead cabinets to accentuate the space and highlight the soft-grey backsplash. And the finishing touches? Contemporary black tapware along with the latest appliances for comfortable living. 
“Saleem has a very high standard and delivered on his promises. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with.”

Touches of Minimalism 

For the bathroom, the designer went for a minimalistic yet striking look. The simplicity of this feel was achieved by fitting white marble tiles with complimentary black hardware. But when it came to creating the statement feature, all eyes were on the shower. Walk-in and spacious, the shower was customised with matching black hardware and recessed shelving for easy storage. Together, the contrasting colours and high-quality fixtures provide a truly luxurious experience. 
Wander into the main bedroom and you’ll find the minimalism continues. Here, the renovation team reconstructed the wardrobe by fitting bi-fold doors; to keep everything tucked away while being accessible. This storage solution is a luxury not many apartments offer.
“Saleem gave good advice and has a common sense approach”, says Graham. “Would definitely work with him again. Very good project management.”

Project Communication

Throughout this project, the long process it was, Saleem ensured that Graham was kept up to date. Communicating via email and through Refresh's online portal, constant updates allowed Graham to view the build schedule, browse photos, and find any further communication on the project. 
Managed from start to finish and completed to a high standard, Refresh Renovations helped Graham to accomplish the successful interior renovation he was after - and all within his budget and timeline.

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This project was completed in
November 2020
Project description
City apartment renovation
Auckland Central
New Zealand
Project duration
9 weeks
Cost estimate
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Saleem Bhikoo is Renovation Consultant of Transform Projects Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Auckland Central.

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