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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 ranch style home

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.

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Renovating a ranch style home
Regional gabled cottages

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. 

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Regional gabled cottages
Transforming a disused power station into a home

Transforming a disused power station into a home

It once powered an entire city, but the Launceston Hydro-Electric Substation is now proving electric for an entirely different reason. 

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Transforming a disused power station into a home
Top 5 renovation pitfalls

Top 5 renovation pitfalls

Excited about planning your home renovation? These are the top 5 pitfalls you need to avoid to achieve your goal.

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Top 5 renovation pitfalls
Making the decision to renovate

Making the decision to renovate

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions. 

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Making the decision to renovate
Geraldton, WA renovation builders

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.

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Geraldton, WA renovation builders
Reclaimed timber apartment renovation

Reclaimed timber apartment renovation

Driving this distinctive renovation, architect Ben Edwards was compelled by the philosophies of ‘perception and connection’.

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Reclaimed timber apartment renovation
Home renovation experiences

Home renovation experiences

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. 

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Home renovation experiences
How to renovate a California bungalow

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.

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How to renovate a California bungalow
Melbourne terrace house renovation

Melbourne terrace house renovation

Terraced house meets high life in this marvellous makeover in Melbourne that focuses on functionality and flexibility.

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Melbourne terrace house renovation
Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders

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.

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Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders
Ventilating your loft room

Ventilating your loft room

Renovation consultant Diana May, gives homeowners advice on ventilating a recently renovated loft. 

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Ventilating your loft room
Rockingham, WA renovation builders

Rockingham, WA renovation builders

Famous for fabulous beaches and Shoalwater’s superb Marine Park, the City of Rockingham offers residents a great lifestyle, just 40 minutes’ drive from Perth.

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Rockingham, WA renovation builders
Central Coast renovation builders

Central Coast renovation builders

With pressure on housing in Sydney, the Central Coast is experiencing both a building boom and a rise in people moving in and wanting to renovate.  

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Central Coast renovation builders
Fremantle, WA renovation builders

Fremantle, WA renovation builders

Situated at the mouth of the Swan Harbour, Fremantle is WA’s largest working port and is famous for its history and heritage, its spectacular waterfront, beaches and cool youthful vibe.

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Fremantle, WA renovation builders
Asbestos removal in Australia

Asbestos removal in Australia

Asbestos removal can be a health risk. That’s why we are giving you some information on how to safely remove it from your home when you plan to renovate.

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Asbestos removal in Australia