Open plan living spaces advice articlesView all types of renovations
What is the best use of floor space for a living area? What are the design rules for creating the best flow? Our helpful articles bring you inspiration and advice on creating your own open-plan space.
Risks of open plan living
“Open plan living” is a phrase you hear on every reality television show and see on the front of every living magazine, but is it really all that it’s made out to be?
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 a small space feel big
Lack of space is one of the most common issues people face in their homes. Fortunately, when working with your existing space, it is possible to make it feel bigger – here are some ideas.
How to make open-plan work for you
It’s important to understand that – however straightforward it may appear in magazines or on home makeover programmes – going open-plan requires vision and skill in both design and execution.
How to go Open-Plan
If you're wanting to open up the living spaces in your home to create a better flow, this article is for you. We give you 8 tips for creating the best open plan space and make the most of your kitchen, lounge and dining areas. Combining these rooms will instantly modernise your home, make your common areas more social and create more percieved space in your home! Read the full article to find out more.
The top 10 ways to add natural light to your home
Everyone wants more natural light in their home. Natural light opens up the home and makes spaces look much bigger than they really are. A home with an abundance of natural light also creates a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Here are our top 10 ways to bring more natural light in the home.
The Renovation Consent Process
Finding a house that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but, for a growing number of homeowners, the solution is to stay put and embark on a renovation project to create their dream home.
Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming
Entrance areas are often an overlooked space in the home. Find out how to make this space functional in addition to welcoming you and your guests home.
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.
A Victorian cottage makeover in Melbourne
Nestled in the inner suburbs of Ascot Vale, Australia, lies a wonder in it’s own right. An old Victorian cottage defies odds with this simplistic renovation that assures a stern nod to bygone eras.
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.
A river-view home renovation in Auckland
A property’s potential was realised with the modernisation of four rundown dwellings with river views in an up and coming area of Auckland.
Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. It doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. We’ve gathered some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next 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.
All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment
Lofts are generally big and empty, but a visionary homeowner can transform an extraordinary blank canvas into something truly unique.