A Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation in Marton, Manawatu: A light and bright transformation with modern finishes

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This 1970s home in Marton was giving serious retro vibes – but not in a good way. A clash of colour and a closed-in kitchen made the house feel both dated and chaotic. But an overhaul of the kitchen, dining, and bathroom areas made the house feel bright, modern, and ready to hit the market.

Before After
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Rob’s 1970s Marton home was a clash of colours, patterns, and dated features. From purple and green paint to questionable lino and retro chandeliers, the house had great potential, but it was hard to see through the chaos – and fluorescent lighting! Rob was keen to get the house on the market, but knew it needed attention to attract buyers and the best possible sale price. 
Rob got in touch with his local Refresh Renovation Consultant Wayne Gordon and told him that he wanted to upgrade a few areas of his home with a view to selling and was looking for ideas and inspiration. 

Advice and Planning

Wayne arranged a free consultation with Rob at his home so he could understand what his client wanted to achieve with his renovation. For Rob, it wasn’t just cosmetic, he also wanted the home to feel more functional and to add value such as a bath, which he thought would be a hit with potential family buyers. He soon realised a complete overhaul of the kitchen, dining area, hallway, bathroom, and toilet would be needed to transform the stale 70s look into a modern family home.
Wayne and Rob discussed the budget and timeline for the major project and, with Rob willing to move out during the renovation, a firm deadline of Christmas was established to have the work completed. This gave Wayne three months to make the magic happen. 
The budget was also discussed in depth before any work commenced to ensure everything Rob wanted to achieve could be accommodated, and that there was clear understanding for both parties of expectations and outcomes.

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The house needed a major shake up to create a more open and functional feel. Rob (gratefully) said goodbye to the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room that featured a 70s serving window. The wall had made both areas feel small and enclosed, but once it was gone both rooms felt bright and spacious. The bathroom wall was shifted to create more room for a new free-standing tub, while yet another wall was moved to make the entry way smaller but allow for moving the toilet.
The wall removal required council consent, which was managed by Wayne as part of the complete end-to-end Refresh service, along with all design work, trades scheduling, and on-site project management. At times during a large renovation dozens of tradespeople are required on site, from builders, plumbers, and electricians, to painters, cabinet installers, concreters and more. Wayne expertly managed the entire project making the renovation simple and stress-free for Rob.
Aside from the structural changes, the rest of the design focused on creating a cohesive feel with neutral flooring and paint choices, and classic white cabinets and fixtures for the kitchen and bathroom. It would be a huge change from the current look which appeared to be a pick and mix of different lino, loud curtains, and a variety of paint colours.

Final Thoughts

Rob’s home is hardly recognisable after a stunning renovation by Refresh. Gone are the gaudy colours, mismatched lino, and closed walls – instead the home is bright and open with a modern, functional feel.
The bathroom boasts a luxurious, deep free-standing tub and rain head shower, with a floating vanity and new paint and flooring. The kitchen is now full of natural light (goodbye fluorescent tubes!) and instead of a serving window, there is a lovely breakfast bar and open plan dining area. 
Pendant lighting hangs above and adds to the modern feel of the slick white cabinetry. The original wooden windows and architraves have all been kept and painted white, which gives a lovely touch of character to the home.
Wayne is thrilled with the result: 
“The home looks fantastic and has had such a transformation. The kitchen is open and full of light now, it has breathed new life into the home. A single paint colour throughout and new flooring has really tied the home together.”

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This project was completed in
June 2023
Project description
Get inspired by this beautiful kitchen and bathroom renovation in Marton, Manawatu-Whanganui, that took the home from dated and dull to bright, open, and modern.
New Zealand
Rob Ormsby
Project duration
3 months
Cost estimate
Actual cost
Delays with council inspection to issue compliance.
Interesting aspects
Removal of the kitchen/dining wall opened up both spaces significantly.
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Wayne Gordon is Director, Operations Manager & Renovation Consultant of Radian Group Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Manawatu.

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