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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.

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Renovating a Queen Anne Federation style home

Renovating a Queen Anne Federation style home

With turrets and towers, bay windows and bullnoses, ornate fretwork and verandahs, Queen Anne Federation style homes couldn’t be more different to the contemporary box style houses being built all over Australia today.

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Renovating a Queen Anne Federation style home
FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster

FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster’s subtly textured, lustrous finish epitomises timeless elegance. Here is all you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster.

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FAQ: All you need to know about renovating with Venetian Plaster
Concrete flooring and its benefits

Concrete flooring and its benefits

There was a time when having an exposed concrete floor might have prompted your friends to chip in and buy you a carpet, assuming that you couldn’t afford to buy one yourself. How times have changed…

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Concrete flooring and its benefits
Inside out

Inside out

This Australian weatherboard home renovation embraces passive solar home design and takes the deconstructed look to its ultimate conclusion.

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Inside out
Winter property maintenance

Winter property maintenance

Property maintenance is always important, but it becomes paramount during winter. These are our top tips for maintaining and adding value to your home this season.

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Winter property maintenance
Renovating a 19th Century Georgian home

Renovating a 19th Century Georgian home

Georgian houses are among the most admired of all heritage homes in Australia. These have typically sash windows, stained glass, fine plasterwork and elegant timber staircases.

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Renovating a 19th Century Georgian home
Creating a fabulous feature wall

Creating a fabulous feature wall

A decade or so ago, feature walls were the height of interior chic and it seemed as through every Australian home had one. They were out of vogue for a few years, but now they’re back in style again – and this time around there are so many options to choose from, there’s sure to be one to suit your space.

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Creating a fabulous feature wall
Kitchen sink saga

Kitchen sink saga

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his latest experience with a kitchen renovation and reflects on how good communication needs to be at the heart of every project.

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Kitchen sink saga
Renovating an Old Colonial Gothic Picturesque home

Renovating an Old Colonial Gothic Picturesque home

This architectural style, most popular in NSW and Victoria, featured elements usually reserved for castles and cathedrals. Renovation works for these kinds of houses must be carefully planned if you want to add value to your home.

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Renovating an Old Colonial Gothic Picturesque home
Renovating an Old Colonial Regency style home

Renovating an Old Colonial Regency style home

It’s almost 200 years since the heyday for Old Colonial Regency style homes in Australia. Nearly two centuries on, these classically proportioned, elegant homes are prized and many are heritage listed. This is what you should keep in mind when thinking of renovating a house from this era.

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Renovating an Old Colonial Regency style home
Kids korner

Kids korner

Rooms for little ones are an important space to think about when designing and decorating, as children grow up so fast. We take a look at four gorgeous and clever bedroom ideas. 

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Kids korner
United outdoors

United outdoors

With an operable skin allowing it to breathe, admit or block light, and respond to environment and circumstance, this renovation offers a lively take on the idea of occupying the threshold between interior and exterior.

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United outdoors
Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life

Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the modern mantra reminding us to limit the amount of waste we create and to live as sustainably as we can.  For most of us, the items we reuse and recycle are small – jam jars, milk containers and weekend newspapers. So perhaps it’s time to think about reducing, reusing and recycling on a much larger scale. How about applying the same principle to buildings?

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Adaptive reuse: giving old buildings a new lease of life
The story of stuff

The story of stuff

Whether you’re downsizing, upgrading or simply changing the style of your home, decluttering your abode is an essential step in setting the scene, sparking creative ideas and taking the stress out of your renovation.

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The story of stuff
Toy story

Toy story

Function came first when the team at Austin Maynard Architects designed the same level extension of a terraced weatherboard home in Australia. But that didn’t mean that form was neglected – quite the contrary.

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Toy story
Renovating a pavilion style home

Renovating a pavilion style home

In the mid-20th Century, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, the renowned German architect, set the trend for pavilion style homes in Australia. These are typically cube-shaped, have a single slanting roof and are oriented and glazed to make the most of their surroundings.

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Renovating a pavilion style home