Revamping a Rental in Remuera, Central Auckland

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After seven years as a rental, this 1980s townhouse in the heart of Remuera needed an overhaul before hitting the property market. A complete renovation transformed the home from dull and dated into a light filled, contemporary space ready for sale.

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A Rental Renovation

This 1980s townhouse in the fashionable Auckland suburb of Remuera had been a reliable rental for almost a decade, but the time had come for it to be sold. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it had the space to be a great family home, but everything from the carpet to the kitchen was worn, dated, and in need of renovation. Owner Sarah knew the home needed a major revamp to create a bright contemporary feel that would allow the property to realise its pricing potential.  

Expert Advice

Sarah contacted her local Refresh Renovation Consultant Corey Rambhai for help tackling a complete home renovation. Living in Wellington, it was critical that Sarah found someone local in Auckland she could trust to manage every aspect of the renovation, while still keeping her informed and involved. 
The home was tenanted, so Sarah needed accurate timelines to be able to give her tenants notice and to have the renovations completed as efficiently as possible in time for a summer sale.
Corey was able to use the proven 5-step Refresh Renovation process to expertly manage the project from design through to delivery. After discussing with Sarah her vision for the home, Corey provided a detailed plan and accompanying budget that would totally transform the space. He remained the single point of contact throughout the renovation so communication was a breeze, and Sarah was kept up to date via the Refresh customer portal.
Corey tapped into his extensive network of trusted local professionals, from tilers to flooring specialists, to deliver a flawless renovation that was stress-free and on schedule!

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A Complete Transformation

In a matter of weeks, Corey and his team completely transformed Sarah’s house from a tired and dated rental to a clean, contemporary home that oozes sophistication.
Removing part of the adjoining kitchen and living wall opened the spaces to work more cohesively together, creating flow, function and open plan living. The dated timber kitchen was replaced with timeless white cabinets and a sleek stone benchtop. Modern stainless appliances complemented the property’s clean new look.
Fresh paint throughout the home along with new light toned flooring brightened the entire space, while darker toned carpet in the bedrooms and stairs provided a contemporary contrast.
Both bathrooms also underwent major transformations, and now offer a serene escape with modern floating vanities, beautiful tiling, and a bright and fresh feel.

Freshened Facade

To really lift the street appeal of the home, Corey and his team also tackled some problem points on the home’s exterior. Window replacements and maintenance were incorporated in the renovation, as well as painting the fence, front patio area, and some of the weatherboards. Painting the front door also provided an instant facelift and helped the home feel up-to-date and move-in ready for any prospective buyers.  

Final Thoughts

Sarah’s home was completely transformed by Corey, who expertly managed the full project, coordinating a raft of professionals including window specialists, plumbers, kitchen designers and more to deliver a professional renovation in a tight timeframe.
The result is a stylish space that utilises a classic neutral colour palette to create a clean, contemporary, and calming feel. New flooring, paint, and hardware throughout the home provide continuity, while new kitchen and bathroom spaces provide the wow factor that brings this 80s home into the 2020s.
“Sarah’s home underwent an incredible renovation,” says Corey. “The whole home feels bright, fresh, and modern, and is going to make selling so much easier. Creating flow and function by removing the kitchen wall made a huge difference to the cohesiveness of the living, dining, and kitchen spaces, and gives the home a more contemporary feel. We are thrilled with the result.” 

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This project was completed in
April 2023
Project description
Full property renovation
New Zealand
Project duration
8 weeks
Cost estimate
Actual cost
Unforeseen specialist repairs
Interesting aspects
Contemporary colour palette throughout
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Chiraag (Corey) Rambhai is Renovation Consultant of Recreate Construction Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Auckland Central.

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