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.
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.
What Are The Most Popular Types Of Home Extensions In Australia?
If you love where you live but need more space, adding an extension to your current home is usually cheaper than moving. In Australia’s property hot spots, Sydney or Melbourne for example, you can save hundreds of thousands of dollars by staying put and extending.
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.
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.
Ten unique renovation ideas
Renovating can be a wholly creative process with out-of-the-box thinking. It doesn’t have to be the standard extension, the additional room or the makeover of a kitchen. We’ve gathered some inspirational ideas to get those creative juices flowing ahead of your next project.
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.
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.
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.
Flexible in-and-outdoor space design
This sophisticated Darlinghurst Terrace home conversion in Sydney features a series of flexible in-and-outdoor spaces designed to adapt to a family’s diverse and changing needs.
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.
An innovative and sustainable home design
This Australian weatherboard home renovation embraces passive solar home design and takes the deconstructed look to its ultimate conclusion.
Cottage renovation in Fremantle
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.
Renovating old buildings
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?
A home design perfect for children
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.
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.
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.