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.
Risks of open plan living
“Open plan living” is a phrase you hear on every reality television show and see on the front of every living magazine, but is it really all that it’s made out to be?
Achieve the perfect indoor - outdoor flow
Refresh Partner Outdure shows us how the perfect indoor - outdoor flow can be easily achieved with the Qwickbuild system
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.
The Renovation Consent Process
Finding a house that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but, for a growing number of homeowners, the solution is to stay put and embark on a renovation project to create their dream home.
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.
A villa transformation in Ponsonby
A well-planned renovation turns a classic villa into a modern, open and light space while staying true to its original style.
A three-storey state house renovation in Remuera
This state house renovation promised an open and modern but eminently functional home. The result is the perfect reflection of the owners’ shared aesthetic and is now a three-storey design showpiece.
A villa makeover in Auckland
Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.
An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland
It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.
Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience
In this column from the Last Word series, Ducan Stuart talks about his experience creating indoor outdoor flow and comments on its common issues.
Renovating a brand new home
Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.