Enquire now. Let's discuss your project

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.

Show advice for: Kitchen | Bathroom | Extend | Open-plan | Flow | Loft | Re-clad | Warm up | Outdoor | Renovations |

Layout: Gallery view List view
Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from

As the kitchen is one of the most used places in the home – picking out what style and direction you want to take is a big decision. We’ve made it easy for you by putting together four of our favourite signature kitchen styles that each have their own personality. From modern and sleek to rustic and homely – which one would you choose?

Read full article

Top 4 kitchen styles to choose from
Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces

Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces

Giving some extra thought to the arrangement of your laundry can save you from a major layout let down for years to come. Luckily Matt Taylor from Boston Wardrobes has five tips to share with us on how to create a well functioning laundry space.

Read full article

Laundry Planning Tips for Small Spaces
Renovating can change your lifestyle

Renovating can change your lifestyle

After packing up her home, Carly has settled into her new place and discusses the changes it has produced for her own family and lifestyle. Say hello to new renovation adventures from Carly Flynn!

Read full article

Renovating can change your lifestyle
Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating

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.

Read full article

Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
The importance of interior design

The importance of interior design

A new addition prompts some serious action by our serial renovator, who has experienced first hand the benefit of calling in a renovation specialist.

Read full article

The importance of interior design
Bathroom styles

Bathroom styles

Whatever the weather, the bathroom provides a retreat after a long day. Bathroom styles are not only changing, they are also bridging the gap from modern and classic, but especially the old and new.

Read full article

Bathroom styles
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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

Is wallpaper right for your room?
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.

Read full article

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.
 

Read full article

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

Read full article

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?

Read full article

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.

Read full article

Timber floor preparation
Tips on child proofing your home

Tips on child proofing 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.

Read full article

Tips on child proofing your home
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.  

Read full article

Make a small space feel big
Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?

When undertaking any renovation project, the most important thing to consider is project management.

Read full article

Who should you talk to first when planning a renovation?