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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.

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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
How to make open-plan work for you

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.

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How to make open-plan work for you
How to go Open-Plan

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.

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How to go Open-Plan
The top 10 ways to add natural light to your home

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.

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The top 10 ways to add natural light to your home
The Renovation Consent Process

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.

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The Renovation Consent Process
Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming

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.

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Make Your Entrance-Way Functional and Welcoming
Top 5 tips for renovation projects

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.

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Top 5 tips for renovation projects
A Victorian cottage makeover in Melbourne

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.

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A Victorian cottage makeover in Melbourne
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.

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Top five crucial pitfalls when renovating
A river-view home renovation in Auckland

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.  

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A river-view home renovation in Auckland
Ten unique renovation ideas

Ten unique renovation ideas

Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes, it’s the unusual, the quirky, the unique that makes a project. Renovation doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. It can be whatever you want it to be. We’ve gathered together some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next renovation project.

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Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life

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.

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Renovations: The difference between TV shows and real life
Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home

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.

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Why Erin Reilly chose Refresh to Renovate her home
All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment

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.

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All you need to know before renovating a loft apartment
Tips when renovating an apartment

Tips when renovating an apartment

These must-know tips will help you sidestep the pitfalls that can come with renovating an apartment before anything goes wrong.

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Tips when renovating an apartment
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.

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The importance of interior design

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