old home renovation

Old Home Remodels

Refresh delivers high-quality renovations for character homes, bungalows, heritage-houses and more, tailored to your needs and budget.

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Old House and Historic Home Renovations

With properties dating back to the 1600s, US domestic architecture covers a vast range of residential styles, with many well over one or two centuries old. As you can imagine, renovating old houses comes with its fair share of challenges. Building regulations were non-existent, materials differed from those used in modern-day construction, and layouts have greatly changed. In many cases, it’s hard to discern which aspects to preserve and which ones to modernize. But, with the assistance of an expert’s trained eye, the renovation process can become both manageable and enjoyable. 
From Colonials and Georgian to Art Deco, Chicago School and American Craftsman, each old home remodel opens up a significant range of possibilities. The hardest part will be deciding whether you want to enhance the traditional aspects or transform them completely, but that’s the beauty of renovating an old house!
We’ve completed thousands of successful projects and have no shortage of renovation ideas for old homes. Sometimes the experienced eye of a professional is all you need to get inspired. 

How does Refresh help?

The challenges presented by a traditional home renovation can feel overwhelming given the range of issues that invariably arise with old homes. There’s a lot to consider such as asbestos and lead paint, strict regulations for heritage home renovations, structural issues, and retrofitting technology more suited to modern-day living. But when working with Refresh, we’ve got you covered. 
Our 5-step method streamlines the process. You’ll have access to our extended network of industry experts and remodeling professionals, but a Remodeling Consultant will always be your single point of contact. This approach limits opportunities for miscommunication while maximizing collective knowledge for the best possible outcome. 
“Having Refresh coordinate the various trades was extremely valuable to us given we both work full-time and have two children. They provided a great service and had the customer at the heart of their process.”— Tom Herring, Refresh client
We’ve completed thousands of successful renovations and always aim to exceed expectations by keeping homeowners and their experiences at the forefront of our approach. Budget, timeline, and design are considered from the very beginning to ensure a plan that aligns with your vision. Our team will work diligently to deliver that vision on time and within budget. 

Looking for the best old home renovation contractors near you?

At Refresh, you don’t have to. Our Remodeling Consultants only select experienced professionals to execute your renovation. Just get in touch to arrange an initial consultation to learn more about the process and discuss your ideas.

We’ve completed thousands of renovation projects worldwide

Pleasant polite tradies. Good quality work. Prompt rectifying of mistake. PM kept me informed.
Renovation Consultant: Refresh Renovations® Manawatu

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Allen Mudford

, Refresh Customer

Guy and his team have worked on two renovations for us and both have been hassle free thanks to their professionalism, consideration and can-do attitude. Genuinely helpful, adaptable in their work and very tidy! A real pleasure to deal with, we wouldn't use anyone else for our building work.

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Test

, Refresh Customer

Why choose Refresh?

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Online systems

Refresh’s innovative online systems keep everything running smoothly. Our project management systems keep all areas of your renovation organised, while our customer portal allows you to stay updated, wherever you may be.

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Professional project management

It is your local project manager’s job to support you every step of the way. Your consultant will be your one point of contact throughout your renovation, keeping you updated and striving to exceed your renovation expectations. All you need to do is watch the progress and enjoy the result! learn more

Pleasant polite tradies. Good quality work. Prompt rectifying of mistake. PM kept me informed.
Renovation Consultant: Refresh Renovations® Manawatu

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Allen Mudford

, Refresh Customer

Andre is dedicated, creative, highly engaged and extremely positive to work with. He had some great ideas for our building project. He is also very reliable and has excellent contacts within the building profession.

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Andrew Harrison

, Refresh Customer

It was a large project, as I was not only wanting to renovate my bathroom from the ground up, I also wanted to replace the plumbing for the whole house, all while we were in the middle of the pandemic. It took a while to get going, but once it started it felt like it flowed from start to finish. There were a few issues that popped up but Michael and the team were flexible in working around them so that they didn't become big problems, and throughout the job, they provided heaps of useful ideas. All in all it only came in a little over budget with the last minute additions, but the quality of the work was much higher than I expected and definitely worth it.
Renovation Consultant: Refresh Renovations® Manawatu

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Ashley Taylor

, Refresh Customer

From Kick off to touch down the team of Mike, Sophia and Rachel delivered us two beautiful renovated bathrooms. Meeting Sophia and Rachel initially, getting our ideas and giving theirs, then taking it to the design team came up with designs we could visualise, then taking us to choose fittings etc made the job less onerous for ourselves, and we appreciated all their input during the reno. Mike is in a league of his own. His daily contact with us and his tradies, kept us in the loop as to what was happening. His subcontractors, being excellent tradespeople, respected him and ourselves so having them in the house, whilst a noisy, dusty experience, was made easier with them all cleaning up at the end of each day.We have no hesitation in recommending Refresh to anyone contemplating a renovation.
Renovation Consultants: Sophia Roydhouse-Ross and Mike Ross.

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Anna and John

, Refresh Customer

Old House and Historic Home Renovations

Maximise the potential of your bathroom by creating a space tailored to suit your lifestyle. Whether you’re remodeling a dated family bathroom or creating the luxurious ensuite of your dreams, Refresh will guide you through the process while bringing your vision to life.

With modern designs becoming increasingly popular, professionally executed bathroom remodeling has the potential to bring you the highest return on your investment out of any possible home improvement. Our experienced team of professionals will take the time to understand your requirements and make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

A designer bathroom doesn’t equate to fancy or expensive. It means your bathroom was specially crafted to suit your specific needs. If you’re unsure how to improve your bathroom, what options are best suited to your home, or simply looking for fresh bathroom ideas, our Remodeling Consultants are here to help.

Why choose Refresh?

Enjoy a stress-free renovation experience with minimal disruption to your daily life. Refresh is here to support you during every step of your bathroom remodel, from the initial design through to project completion. You’ll partner with a Remodeling Consultant who will answer all your queries, provide expert guidance, and make sure everything stays on track.

“I highly recommend Refresh for bathroom renovations. Throughout the design and build process, they listened to my requirements, gave professional advice, and came up with solutions that created the perfect bathroom. The finished bathroom was better than expected.” — Sanjay Patel, Refresh client

Our proven 5-step approach means you can be sure your kitchen renovation will be delivered on time and within budget. Our Remodeling Consultants have established networks of contractors and suppliers who have been selected for their attention to detail and superior craftsmanship. Conducting a thorough planning stage before construction leads to a meticulously organized renovation that delivers high-quality results within the expected timeframe.

Interested in remodeling your bathroom?

If you’re interested in a bespoke small bathroom remodel, are curious about bathroom remodel costs, or just want to discuss your options, get in touch with your local Remodeling Consultant and book a free, no-obligation consultation

With properties dating back to the 1600s, US domestic architecture covers a vast range of residential styles, with many well over one or two centuries old. As you can imagine, renovating old houses comes with its fair share of challenges. Building regulations were non-existent, materials differed from those used in modern-day construction, and layouts have greatly changed. In many cases, it’s hard to discern which aspects to preserve and which ones to modernize. But, with the assistance of an expert’s trained eye, the renovation process can become both manageable and enjoyable. 
From Colonials and Georgian to Art Deco, Chicago School and American Craftsman, each old home remodel opens up a significant range of possibilities. The hardest part will be deciding whether you want to enhance the traditional aspects or transform them completely, but that’s the beauty of renovating an old house!
We’ve completed thousands of successful projects and have no shortage of renovation ideas for old homes. Sometimes the experienced eye of a professional is all you need to get inspired. 

How does Refresh help?

The challenges presented by a traditional home renovation can feel overwhelming given the range of issues that invariably arise with old homes. There’s a lot to consider such as asbestos and lead paint, strict regulations for heritage home renovations, structural issues, and retrofitting technology more suited to modern-day living. But when working with Refresh, we’ve got you covered. 
Our 5-step method streamlines the process. You’ll have access to our extended network of industry experts and remodeling professionals, but a Remodeling Consultant will always be your single point of contact. This approach limits opportunities for miscommunication while maximizing collective knowledge for the best possible outcome. 
“Having Refresh coordinate the various trades was extremely valuable to us given we both work full-time and have two children. They provided a great service and had the customer at the heart of their process.”— Tom Herring, Refresh client
We’ve completed thousands of successful renovations and always aim to exceed expectations by keeping homeowners and their experiences at the forefront of our approach. Budget, timeline, and design are considered from the very beginning to ensure a plan that aligns with your vision. Our team will work diligently to deliver that vision on time and within budget. 

Looking for the best old home renovation contractors near you?

At Refresh, you don’t have to. Our Remodeling Consultants only select experienced professionals to execute your renovation. Just get in touch to arrange an initial consultation to learn more about the process and discuss your ideas.

A smoother renovation process

Your old or character home renovation will run smoothly thanks to our proven 5-step process, designed to keep your project on time and within budget.

Step 1

Briefing / Initial Consultation

Every renovation with Refresh begins with an in-depth consultation so we can get off on the right foot. Budget considerations, timeline, and design goals are the main targets but you can ask anything; no detail is too small nor idea too big!

Step 2

Concept and Feasibility

After moving through your consultation and refining your project, concept designs will be arranged by your Renovation Consultant who will illustrate your ideas and determine the feasibility. Being able to see realistic renderings of your home area presents a great opportunity to make design changes.

Step 3

Working Drawings and Costing

The final steps of the planning portion are working drawings and the cost estimate. Developing working drawings entails the technical and logistical factors required to make your old home area a reality. Your Renovation Consultant will provide you with an estimate for the scope of work discussed at this point. Once you accept the plans and quote, you’re still welcome to make alterations, but they may incur additional charges.

Step 4

Build / Construction Stage

Now your new space begins to take shape! Your Renovation Consultant will continue to provide you with excellent support during the construction phase, coordinating everything from big tasks to small details so you can enjoy minimal disruptions. If any issues arise, they’ll be dealt with swiftly and always communicated to you clearly.

Step 5

Your Finished Renovation

Before you can throw your first load in the washer, your Renovation Consultant will ensure they’ve provided you with the appropriate documentation such as Code of Compliance certificates.

Bathroom Renovation Services

Our expert team can manage all aspects of your bathroom remodeling project from planning to build and everything in between

Full bathroom remodel

Design
& Planning

Bathroom expansion or reconfiguration

Bathtub & shower installation

Tile and grout replacement

Painting or wallpaper

Toilet installation or replacement

Flooring installation

Plumbing fixtures

Lighting Solutions

Custom cabinetry installation or replacement

Bathroom ventilation

Accessibility modifications

Jacuzzi or spa installation

Luxury bathroom upgrades

Bathroom styles

No matter your style, Refresh can create a solution for you - browse through this carousel for inspiration on your bathroom remodel project.

Small Bathroom Remodel

Refresh Renovations has some tricks up their sleeves to make even the tiniest bathroom look great, but also be functional. If you have a small bathroom that you are wanting to renovate, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas to get started.

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Traditional Bathroom Remodel

Elements of a traditional bathroom include luxury countertops, raised-panel doors, decorative mouldings and corbels. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Remodeling your Bathroom

Remodeling your bathroom? That means weeks without one, right? Not with Refresh at the helm. Our streamlined approach to renovations involves a thorough planning process so we can deliver your finished bathroom as quickly and efficiently as possible. Your bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ll complete it on time, within budget, and to our consistently high standards.

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Rustic Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a rustic bathroom include timber, stone, brick materials, vintage appliances and fireplaces. We’re seeing the rustic style beginning to rival the classic white bathroom. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Luxury Bathrooms

Quartz and marble will always be synonymous with luxury, but there are many other ways to upgrade your bathroom. Underfloor heating and smart bath technology, which can be automated to each user’s preferred settings, are technology-based elements that will elevate your experience. Discuss more luxury bathroom ideas with one of our renovation experts.

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Modern Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a modern bathroom include flat-panel doors, full-overlay cabinet construction, consistency of accent pieces and emphasis on horizontal lines. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Ensuite Bathroom Renovations

Ensuite bathrooms are all about comfort and convenience so if yours is anything but, let the renovation experts at Refresh get it sorted. Whether your ensuite needs updating or you want to add one to your home, we can help with all of your ensuite bathroom renovation needs.

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Bathroom Installation

They may not be the biggest rooms in the house but bathroom installations require a great level of expertise. From plumbers and electricians to tilers and glaziers, we only work with the best, most reliable tradespeople of all our bathroom installation projects. For a premium finish to your bathroom renovation project, trust the experts at Refresh.

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Bathroom Design and Build

Your bathroom should be a place to escape to, not escape from. And a poorly constructed and badly laid out bathroom can cause no end of frustration. With help from our team of renovation experts, you can have your dream bathroom in no time. We’ll make your bathroom design and build process stress-free and enjoyable - much like the end result!

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Contemporary Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a contemporary bathroom include cutting-edge appliances, old materials used in a new way and a mix of materials. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Bathroom Designer

A great bathroom begins with a great design and, at Refresh, we work with the best bathroom designers around. From modern luxury to stylish sanctuaries, we’ll create the ideal bathroom design to suit your budget and lifestyle. What’s more, your bathroom renovation will be delivered on time and within budget.

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Cottage Bathroom Renovation

Elements of a country cottage bathroom include soft colours, open shelving, furniture style cabinetry, hardwood or terracotta tile flooring. If this is the look you’re after, talk to us today and let’s discuss options and ideas for renovating your bathroom.

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Create a bathroom you will be proud of

Create an Old Home Renovation You'll Feel Proud Of

Recent Renovation Projects

Looking for renovation ideas for old homes? From traditional historic home renovations to bespoke bungalow renovations, we’ve done it all! Check out some of our recent projects for a behind-the-scenes look at the process and to see before-and-after photos.

Why choose Refresh for Your Old Home Renovation?

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We’re flexible

Our 5-step process was specifically designed to address the important components of a renovation while remaining flexible to your needs. We can spend as much or as little time as we need during each phase to ensure your vision is understood and delivered.

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We know the industry

Feel confident knowing that you’re backed by an experienced team. You’ll have access to an extensive team of industry experts, but your Renovation Consultant will always remain your single point of contact.

Partnerships

Quality products and supply
partnerships a standard practice

At Refresh Renovations, we believe that using high-quality products is crucial to achieving a successful home renovation project. That's why we take great care in selecting only the best products and materials for every job we undertake. From the fixtures and fittings to the flooring and countertops, we source our products from trusted suppliers who share our commitment to quality and durability.

By using quality products, we ensure that our clients' homes not only look great but also stand the test of time. Whether you're planning a small bathroom remodel or a complete home renovation, you can trust us to use specify the best products to bring your vision to life.

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A Bathroom remodel to suit your budget

At Refresh Renovations, we understand that every client has a unique set of requirements and expectations when it comes to their remodel project.

That's why we offer two flexible options for our clients to choose from. We can work with the client to build to their budget, helping them to maximize their renovation dollars and find creative solutions to meet their needs within their financial constraints.


Alternatively, we can build to their brief, working closely with the client to bring their vision to life and creating a custom renovation plan that matches their exact specifications. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to delivering exceptional quality and service, no matter which option our clients choose. With our flexible approach, we are confident that we can help every client achieve their dream renovation.

Learn more about our bathroom remodel cost guides.

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