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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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Should I engage an architect for my renovation?

Should I engage an architect for my renovation?

For many Kiwis, our home is our biggest investment. Home is where dreams are dreamed, families are born and memories are created. When home renovations are on the cards, then, it’s important to get them right first time – because there’s a lot at stake.

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Should I engage an architect for my renovation?
Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is wallpaper right for your room?

Is it background or foreground, art or decoration, vulgar or respectable, a substitute, or the real thing, questions Donna White.

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Is wallpaper right for your room?
How to choose the right paint colour for your roof

How to choose the right paint colour for your roof

Painting expert, Jon Ferris from Citywide Decorators provides advice for choosing a roof paint color.

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How to choose the right paint colour for your roof
Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home

Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home

Annie Sloan, decorative paint expert from Annie Sloan Paints suggest revamping older furniture with Chalk Paint to make them fresh and bright.

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Revamp your old furniture with chalk paint to freshen up your home
Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems

Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems

We have got some product features that will be sure to make your family feels safe whether in or out of the home. So in those moments when you’re driving along and your stomach drops because you can’t recall whether you locked the door or even worse, left the heater on – you can rest easy knowing you can check everything from your phone.
 

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Make your home a safer place with these wireless home security systems
A tough tablet for renovations

A tough tablet for renovations

Samsung has now delivered a super resilient tablet designed for the toughest environments.

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A tough tablet for renovations
Window replacement options

Window replacement options

There are a couple of ways to approach changing windows. Ronnie Pocock provides options for replacing old windows when renovating your home.

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Window replacement options
Choosing tiles

Choosing tiles

These days there is a huge variety in tiles. Emma Foote provides some helpful tips and advice on choosing tiles for your home.

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Choosing tiles
Controlling your home wirelessly

Controlling your home wirelessly

We’re seeing relentless advances in wi-fi technology, apps, smartphones, tablets and smart watches. It would appear that the age of The Jetsons – who lived in a push-button, robotically-aided and wireless future – has finally arrived.

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Controlling your home wirelessly
Minimalism or maximilism

Minimalism or maximilism

Do you prefer clean simple lines, or do you believe in using every decorative item you love in the room? Or are you in the middle?

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Minimalism or maximilism
Timber floor preparation

Timber floor preparation

There are three common sub-floors that you will encounter when preparing to lay down a timber floor.

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Timber floor preparation
Childproofing your home

Childproofing your home

Renovating a house is the ideal time to consider how child-friendly your home is, especially if you have young children or are expecting to add to your family.

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Childproofing your home
Getting the most out of a small space

Getting the most out of a small space

A kitchen and bathroom proves that you can make a small space more functional with smart solutions to make it feel larger than it is.

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Getting the most out of a small space
Make a small space feel big

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.  

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Make a small space feel big
Decorating with white

Decorating with white

The pure and pristine elegance of white can create a timeless style statement in any room of your home. We explore the opportunities white can offer in four key rooms of the house.

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Decorating with white
Upcycling tips and tricks

Upcycling tips and tricks

Eco-friendly, easy on the pocket and immensely satisfying to boot, upcycling is a trend that is here to stay.

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Upcycling tips and tricks