Yearly Archives: 2012

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No need for planning permission for this little beauty!

A conservatory or garden room is the perfect solution for those wishing to add extra space to their home. Both structures offer a wide number of advantages and will not only provide you with the space you need to fully enjoy your home but will also help to improve the look of your property.

The main difference between a conservatory and a garden room is that a conservatory is attached to the main property, whereas a garden room is built separately. Each structure may be more suited to a particular …

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A conservatory provides a room that can be used for all seasons. Whether you wish to create an entertainment room for friends and family in summer or a cosy retreat for winter, a bespoke conservatory will provide you with everything you need to improve your living environment and transform the look of your home.

 

Adding a conservatory to your home will enable you to be provided with extra …

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Garden rooms provide versatile space that you can enjoy not only in summer but also during the cooler months. A bespoke garden room is the perfect solution for those wishing to create extra space whilst adding an attractive feature to the garden. Adding a garden room to your home will enable you to be provided with extra space that you use however you desire, all year round.

Here are some …

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If you wish to add space to your home that can be used all year round, then a conservatory is the perfect solution. A conservatory provides bright, airy space that you can use however you desire.

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Conservatories are ideal not only for practical purposes such as a kitchen or dining room extension but also for aesthetic purposes. A bespoke conservatory can help to transform the overall look of your home, making it …

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No need for planning permission for this little beauty!
The new building scheme, which will see extensions being such as conservatories being added to homes and businesses without planning permission, may continue for more than the proposed three-year period, the government has said.

It was revealed earlier this year that planning permission will be dropped in order to encourage people to carry out extensions in order to support the construction industry and to “encourage entrepreneurial activity”

Minister Nick Boles has said that the scheme could be retained if “everybody is happy”.

Councils have said that the scheme is a …

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A conservatory provides versatile space that can be used all year round. With the right heating and lighting, you can transform your conservatory into the perfect autumn retreat. A well heated conservatory will help to provide the perfect place to relax and unwind during the colder months.

A conservatory offers space that can be used however you desire. If you wish to transform your conservatory from a summer room into …

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lean to conservatory kitchen extension by Apropos

Freed from their 80s stereotype, modern day bespoke conservatories come in all shapes and sizes; specially manufactured to meet the specifications of you and your home.

lean to conservatory kitchen extension by Apropos

The 1980s was not the best decade for conservatory designs; or any design, for that matter. Bespoke glass and aluminium structures were practically unheard of in the residential market; and identical, white; uPVC, boxes conservatories dominated landscapes across Britain.

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This week the government has unveiled controversial new plans to shake up the laws of planning permission; something which usually elicits a large groan, accompanied by one horror story or another, from the majority of those who have had any experience trying to get their renovations through the system. Luckily, here at Apropos, we handle all planning applications and building regulations for you; in order to relieve you from the pain and suffering caused by long delays and unjustified refusals.

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Once again Design Et Al’s annual ‘International Design and Architecture Awards’ are underway; as voting begins this week. The awards celebrate the very best minds and companies behind some of today’s top architecture and design; attracting only the most innovative and forward-thinking within the industry.

Having received the award for ‘Best Glass House’ last year, in the 2011 awards, Apropos have chosen to enter the higher category of ‘Best …

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Lean to Extension by Apropos listed building

“The war between traditional and modernist architects flared up again this week after Paul Finch, chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, praised the fact that modernists had prevailed in bids to create Olympic buildings”
The Guardian, Friday 5th August, 2011.

…but must the two remain mutually exclusive? Can we not merge Traditionalism, and thus the knowledge we have gained from that which went before us, with Modernism; a concept born from the millennium, 21st century values and one which we have created in our own …

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In his well known allegory of the cave Plato describes a philosophical ideal wherein our world becomes a cave and the objects and ideas that surround us merely shadows; cast from the flames of a fire, upon the wall, mimicking reality. This reality is what Plato calls The World of the Forms where everything exists in its true shape and holds, within it, the essence of all subsequent shadows.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, the greatest American Architect of all time, favoured natural materials; warm earth tones and the integration of interior and exterior. He ‘borrowed landscape’, using windows or doorways like picture frames, and was fascinated with geometric shapes. His clean minimalistic lines and simple elegant structures were flooded with natural light and remained blissfully devoid of ornamentation.

His innovation is still influencing architects to this day and …

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For centuries humankind has used architecture and design to impress; a house comes to define its inhabitants and through the latest in architectural fashions man has always found new and exciting ways to make their buildings brag.

The Great Exhibition did just this. Joseph Paxton knew that to astound the wealthy, upper-class Victorians; whom, themselves, owned lavish properties across the country, he would need something innovative, something extraordinary: something, in hindsight, quintessentially Apropos. This ambition was realised in the design …

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The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Apropos’ DesignAp is out now.

The latest issue includes features about a two-storey atrium created by Apropos, a glass link structure by Apropos, a cool contemporary kitchen extension created for the home of a RIBA architect, and further information on Apropos’ powder coating process.

Read the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of DesignAp now.

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The installation of bi-folding doors also means that you won't have to compromise on your outside space.

Over the past few years Folding Sliding doors have become highly fashionable; allowing for the illusion of an uninterrupted flow from home to garden, across the bespoke conservatory market. Innovative as ever Apropos offers many styles of Folding Sliding doors; all fitted with ultra-slim frames, an industry exclusive at just 50mm wide. Many materials can be used in manufacturing Folding Sliding doors however all Apropos Folding Sliding doors are created using powder coated aluminium which is treated by our in house powder coating technology therefore achieving a minimalistic, …

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Orangery Style Glass and Aluminium Extension by Apropos.
Conservatories can enhance the appearance and sustainability of listed properties, as long as the conservatories are sympathetic to the original aesthetics of the property, and comply with the very highest standards of design and construction – that is the opinion of planning officers across the country.

Orangery Style Glass and Aluminium Extension by Apropos.

Bespoke conservatories are perfect for this …

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Orangery with Aprofold doors
Are you considering a home extension but want a seamless continuation of floor space and aesthetics? Then orangeries provide the perfect solution.

In comparison to conservatories, orangeries provide properties with a more seamless transition between their original floor space and the newer living space of the orangeries. This is possible due to the sturdier appearances of orangeries. Orangeries differ …

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Orangery Style Extension by Apropos

A critically-acclaimed orangery project by Apropos has been named ‘Favourite house of the month’ for March 2012 by the respected Build It & Home Improvement magazine.

Orangery Style Extension by Apropos

The bespoke orangery was created for a Somerset family who required the extension to accommodate their growing family and entertain guests.

Build It enthuses, “If you’re considering adding a glazed extension to your existing home, …

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Traditional Conservatory Interior by Apropos
A bespoke conservatory is a major purchase for any homeowner. So, it is reassuring to know that it has never been easier to maintain a modern, aluminium bespoke conservatory once it has been installed.

Traditional Conservatory Interior by Apropos

With modern technological advances, a bespoke conservatory needs minimal maintenance; allowing the homeowner to spend time enjoying their new bespoke conservatory rather than worrying over …

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Orangery Kitchen Extension by Apropos
Kitchen extensions are proving popular amongst homeowners as an option for updating their properties.

Orangery Kitchen Extension by Apropos

With some people looking for an alternative to formal dining rooms, kitchen extensions are housing more than just the kitchen. Modern-day kitchen extensions are used to cook, eat, relax and entertain, acting as home hubs that also incorporate trendy dining rooms and

Folding Sliding Doors by Apropos

Folding sliding doors – also known as bi-folding doors – have become hugely popular, but what exactly are they? Here’s Apropos’ handy guide…

 

Folding sliding doors allow large glazed areas to be opened up on the sides of properties, thereby allowing great views of gardens from within properties. Folding sliding doors tend to be designed and manufactured bespoke, to ensure each set perfectly …

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Bespoke glass extensions that house living rooms are keeping their occupants cosy and warm during the tough winter months.

Their investment in aluminium and glass extensions still pays off during the colder months, thanks to advances in the technology used in the glazing and the aluminium framing that help maintain living rooms as snug living environments.

One of these advances is the use of argon …

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