Need renovation ideas or inspiration for your next project? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite (mostly) NZ renovation blogs and websites to help you get those creative juices flowing. This list is focused on all things renovation. It features sites that inspire interior design, innovative building ideas, DIY, in-door out-door flow and landscape design.
Houzz is a website where contractors, interior designers and just about any other home renovations related industry professional can showcase their work. In short, it's a great way to connect homeowners with professionals. It is an un-tapped source of renovation ideas. The website lets you search and filter through over 20 million photos dedicated to home renovations. Additionally, they also have blog which showcases top designers, architects and great home renovation tips.
Renovate magazine is NZ's first magazine dedicated 100% to New Zealand home renovations. Through their website you are able to purchase hard copies of their magazine. However, if you don’t want to spend any of your precious renovation funds, Renovate have loads of their articles published on their website. We like how they have included dedicated categories for things like inspiration + ideas, DIY, product reviews and showcasing projects.
Aurae is an NZ company who specialise in architectural louvre and façade products. If indoor outdoor flow is in your renovation ideas, their blog is one you should check out. Here you’ll find all sorts of ideas, trends and information on outdoor living areas. Be sure to also have a look at their photo gallery for some stunning photos of their work.
Bibby and Brady
Bibby and Brady is an interior design firm based in Napier. Their blog features some of their inspiring interior work and is sure to give you some ideas. It features before and after photos, progress of construction and some of their amazing interior design tips. We like this one because of the way it is written along with their incredible before and after photos really tells the story of the home's transformation.
#Landscapedesign on Instagram
We all know Instagram as the most popular place to show off our travel photos, but its also a great source to draw inspiration from. With over 2.5 million posts, #Landscapedesign will help you do exactly that. By getting inspiration from an app like Instagram, you can discover new ideas from all over the world.
Interiors Addict/Reno Addict
Across the ditch, Australian blog Reno Addict, is the perfect place to borrow some renovation ideas. It features some of Jen, the Interiors Addict founder/owner's, personal renovations. In this section you’ll find room reveals and video tours of Jen’s beautifully renovated home. Another section on this site is ‘Real Renos’ which showcases some incredible home transformations from all around Australia. You’ll find so many different styles and different budgets here, so we definitely recommend checking it out.
Sculpt Gardens is an Auckland based landscape design company. Their blog is packed with great tips, ideas and guides on garden design and maintenance. We really like their ‘Monthly Guides’ which tells you what is going to work in the garden for that particular time of year. In addition to their engaging blog, they have a portfolio page showcasing their work. Be sure to check it out for some incredible garden ideas.
Build and Renovate Today
Build and Renovate Today is a magazine aimed at New Zealand homeowners. They showcase some beautifully renovated homes and offer tips and great ideas for homeowners wanting to renovate. Additionally, they have an archive section where you can view their previous magazines online.
Remodelista has a section called ‘Get Inspired’ and it does what it says on the tin. Each renovation that they showcase takes you on a room by room journey of the stunning home transformations. You’ll also find loads of innovative home décor ideas and advice. You should also definitely check out their sister site Gardenista. It is a similar style of site covering all aspects of garden design.
If you can separate the top content from the poor videos, Youtube has some great channels dedicated to building and renovations. Although he is a competitor, we couldn’t talk about construction Youtubers without mentioning Scott Brown. He is an Auckland builder with an incredibly popular Youtube channel that has over 160,000 subscribers. He uploads how to videos, tool reviews and he has some very cool and innovative ideas.
Build magazine is a product of BRANZ. Although it is more aimed at those in the construction industry, it has a section called Innovations and Trends which is a great place to draw inspiration from for your next renovation.
If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, it is a social platform dedicated to sharing and finding inspiration. You can search for almost anything here including renovation ideas. There is an overwhelming amount of content on Pinterest, so be specific and get creative with your search terms.
The builders crack blog has something for everyone. Their featured projects section gives you the story from real Kiwi homeowners about their renovation experience. Also, posts on the Builders Crack blog often offer a problem and solution scenario which can be extremely helpful. Although they don’t post all that regularly, the Builders Crack blog offers some great content to inspire you.
Looking for kitchen re-modelling ideas? Kitchen Magic is a kitchen design and re-modelling company in the USA. They are a top kitchen re-modelling company and they have a blog to match. Firstly, you’ll find innovative kitchen renovation ideas for things like storage and splash backs. Secondly, they showcase some of their incredible kitchen transformations. Finally, they have a photo gallery which is worth checking out.