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.
Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property
Glenn Murcutt is among Australia’s most acclaimed architects. Read about what he’s most known for as well as the importance of passive design.
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, an area where both form and function reign supreme particularly when it comes to the ‘tub’. Once an essential for cleansing, nowadays the bath itself represents a form of time out and escapism and, as such, demands a design style that makes a statement.
We graduate from traditional tile style and delve deep into the depths of modern mosaics and maximalist interiors. With the re-birth of industrial living, the household tile in interior living is bigger and better than ever, with more than meets the eye at every small square or hexagonal brick.
Renovating a ranch style home
Ranches are less fashionable these days, but since they typically offer a reasonable amount of living space on a good-sized flat block and are generally oriented to make the most of the outdoor space, they can be an excellent buy for renovators. If you are lucky enough to own, or be able to buy, a ranch style property, here are our tips for turning it into a place that feels like home.
Regional gabled cottages
Looking for an affordable property to renovate? Don’t overlook the gabled cottages that were built towards the end of the last century and are still plentiful in many Australian suburbs.
Renovating a student flat
Owning a student flat can be both a rewarding and challenging investment. Considering how and when to renovate that student flat is another thing. If you’re thinking of upgrading your student flat, there are various things to consider when your investment property is tenanted by students.
Top 5 renovation pitfalls
Excited about planning your home renovation? These are the top 5 pitfalls you need to avoid to achieve your goal.
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions.
Bathroom planning checklist
Before you start your renovation, you have to ask yourself a few questions to make sure the end result is your dream bathroom. Here’s a wish-list to help kick start your planning.
Geraldton, WA renovation builders
Combining the facilities of a city with the relaxed lifestyle of a country town, Geraldton offers renovators the best of both worlds.
Car parking solutions
Parking areas, whether residential or commercial, have, over the years, been designed almost as an afterthought – designed solely for function rather than aesthetics. What are the next few years bringing in terms of parking solutions?
The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart reflects on how renovation work can be a head-on collision between dreams and realities.
How to renovate a California bungalow
With their simple interior layout, loads of character and charm and large yards, California bungalows allow plenty of options for renovating and extending to suit modern family life.
Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders
The largest city in the Australian Outback and the hub of the Western Australian Goldfields, Kalgoorlie-Boulder has grown from humble beginnings to become a cosmopolitan centre with a character all its own.
Kitchen planning checklist
Before you start your renovation, you have to ask yourself a few questions to make sure the end result is your dream kitchen. Here’s a wish-list to help kick start your planning.
Is your bathroom due for a makeover? We have the lowdown on the latest shower options and the plethora of exciting global shower trends that are currently picking up steam.