Yearly Archives: 2016

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Dec

Get Up & Grow

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For many people, while a conservatory, orangery, greenhouse or garden room holds much appeal, the thought of losing even an inch of planting space can seem like too great a sacrifice. Whether potatoes or petunias, that patch of garden can become almost sacrosanct, but while an Apropos structure may reduce your garden’s footprint, it’s easy to forget that under glass there’s a whole lot of growing to be had.

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Now that the presents have been doled out and it’s time to start thinking about stowing away the Christmas decorations for another year, you’ll no doubt be wondering where you’ll find space for it all. Well we’ve got a trick up our sleeve, with some clever ways interior design can help hide away the festive haul.

Interior design isn’t just about making a home comfortable, but inspiring optimism; it aspires to create a mood, be that sharp and stylish or full of joie de vivre. Your storage solutions should buy into …

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During Christmas time, we’d happily hazard a guess that conservatories, orangeries and glass extensions are far from the first thing on your mind. There is Christmas shopping to be done, wine to be mulled, gifts to be wrapped, turkeys to stuff, and not a whole lot of head space left over for anything else.

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With all this going on though, it’s nice to have a space in your home to retreat to and relax …

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The Ultimate Dinner Party Guide

90 tips to impress your guests with a dinner party to remember.

What’s the point of having a beautiful new addition to your home if you can’t show it off? Having friends over for dinner is a tradition that’s been part of British culture for decades, but managing all the guests, the cooking and the planning can still send us into a panic.

Our dinner party guide is crammed full of 90 tips from experts, helping you to ensure that your dinner parties are something …

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People tend not to think much about doors and windows, but at Apropos, we believe that they can make the biggest impact in terms of interior design. Here are 10 things to consider if you’re looking for ways to revamp your home.

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Natural light is good for you – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. No matter the design – skylight or patio doors – having a source …

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Who you choose to supply your furniture stock has a huge impact on the day-to-day running and success of your business. It’s not always an easy decision, with a range of different trade suppliers in the market, so we’ve boiled down the key things you need to look for when choosing a supplier.

Are their products of good quality?

The quality of the products you sell reflects on your business, so you need to ensure that your supplier will be providing you with quality you can trust. For example, Birlea …

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was a truth universally acknowledged that the size of a man’s orangery was directly proportional to the size of his wealth.

His choice of architecture would say to his neighbours ‘Look! Aren’t I rich?’ or ‘Look! Aren’t I clever?’ or occasionally, ‘Please don’t look; I’ve run out of money!’ Some men would use their homes to impose themselves on the landscape with sprawling manors which would straddle two counties, while others would defy gravity, pushing ever-more skywards with gob-smacking feats of architectural endeavour.

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Isn’t it cold? There we were, enjoying the last vestiges of a late summer, when suddenly Nature changed her mind and left us battling with our central heating demons. Alas, this is only the beginning; winter’s worst is yet to come, making the great indoors the place to be.

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The problem with being cooped up over winter is that our light-loving brains have a tendency to sulk; we become snappy and depressed; …

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Christmas is almost here, and, as always, celebrations will be concentrated in dining rooms everywhere.

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With families tucking into their Christmas dinners, dining rooms will be at the heart of the yuletide revelry on the best day of the year; with some families enjoying the added festive ambience that bespoke, glass and aluminium dining rooms by Apropos bring to their Christmas Day activities.

With a long history of creating marvellous dining rooms, Apropos can design bespoke dining rooms to fit the …

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For most people gardening in autumn is all about trees. The leaves turn, and burnished, float to the ground, their colours adding vibrancy to the dullest of days. Maples and Acers are the kings and queens of the season, producing burning oranges, glowing yellows and reds that would make even the most blatant of scarlet women hesitate before selecting the shade for her lipstick.

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Glory in the spectacle, or begrudge the …

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Every home has one; a room that’s just that little bit too small and boxy for convenience, or comfort. With new-build houses in the UK the smallest in Europe, and apparently getting smaller with each new housing development, it’s important to be able to find ways of living with the homes that we have and make the most of the space available to us.

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Previously on the Apropos Blog Page we’ve talked about the role the greenhouse might play in avoiding a potential future food crisis as housing for the expanding population leads to a decrease in available fertile land mass. A popular theory is that city roofscapes could be transformed by the addition of beautiful and functional gardens and greenhouses on the tops of flats, office blocks and shopping centres.

With that in mind, this week we thought that we’d take a look at some of the other ways our buildings might change …

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Make the most of your home with an open plan layout. You might actually get to see your kids every now and again as well!
Everywhere we look we’re bombarded with trends, with every season, in every part of our lives, and with influences coming from every part of the world, yet most of us lack the funds to update our decor on anything like a regular basis. Is it any wonder that we often find ourselves dissatisfied with our lot?

At Apropos we’re firm believers in the adage that a change is as good as rest, but we also think that change needn’t cost a fortune.

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What is a window? A piece of glass that lets in the light, shuts out the weather and provides a view on the world.

They’re usually rectangular, occasionally square or circular in form and are positioned so that adults can look out of them comfortably. They come off production lines by the thousand and rarely inspire any thought of creativity. We look through them, never at them. It’s a shame, because with a little original thinking and bespoke fabrication, the window can become a design element in its own right.

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At Apropos we’re big proponents of the theory that a healthy home is a happy home. We know that natural light is good for us; we know that it staves off seasonal depression and helps our bodies to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D.

But while a bright, airy building with lots of windows – and maybe an Apropos orangery or conservatory – is a good place to start, there are many more things that we can do to make our homes healthier. Although possibly the simplest …

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Design with a capital D can sometimes sound pretentious; the airy-fairy ramblings of a trailing-cuffed one-time-trendy, or the buzz-words of an up-and-coming would-be.

We watch home improvement programmes for a two-fold thrill; the vicarious pleasure of a job well done and the indulgence of incredulity; well, it looks good, but that would never work in a normal house.

In reality however, Design is little more than a collection of ‘statement’ features pulled together to create a cohesive whole, so bringing ‘it’ into the home is a fairly simple process. It …

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The autumnal equinox offers little to be excited about; the weather gets colder; the days gets shorter; the nights get darker; and we get… erm… miserabler?

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It does, however bring one little thing that we’ve all come to cherish: about a month after that twelve hour tipping point, where day and night share equal hours, Daylight Saving is introduced, meaning that we all regain the hour we lost last March. ‘Hoorah! …

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Winter can seem a forlorn time in the garden. The leaves have fallen; the blooms have faded; brown reigns supreme in the kingdom of colours.

It can be tempting to draw the curtains in October, and keep them that way until March arrives, but there’s more to the winter garden than meets the eye, and if your curtains aren’t quite voluminous enough to cover all your Apropos glazing, why not pop along to the garden centre this weekend and pick up a shrub or two to waken your winter wonderland?

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Sympathy in architecture is often discussed, but what exactly do we mean by a ‘sympathetic structure’, and how can we achieve it?

It’s a question that can be split into two distinct categories; built environment and natural environment; does a building enhance or detract from the aesthetic of the place in which it is situated; and is it environmentally – ecologically – sound? Achieving both of these goals could be easier than you think.

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Apropos’ structural glass roofs are stylish, cutting-edge and thermally efficient

Apropos offers award-winning, bespoke, roof glazing that meets strict criteria to achieve high insulation and energy efficiency ratings.

Apropos’ stylish roof glazing comes with a super slim aluminium frame, yet offers one of the best thermal efficiency ratings on the market.

Apropos’ excellent glazing standards were recently recognised when the company won the ‘Glasshouse’ category at the International Design & Architecture Awards and ‘Best of Houzz; Design’ two years running; proving that Apropos’ glazing ticks all the boxes when it …

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Folding sliding doors – also known as bi-folding doors – are transforming people’s homes on an increasing basis.
Originally only found in designer properties and television programmes such as Grand Designs, folding sliding doors are bringing a new sense of style and substance to homes.

Apropos is renowned for the high standard of its bespoke folding sliding doors, and here we showcase a fantastic foursome of Apropos projects in which folding sliding doors open up new standards of home living:

1)    Bright orangery living room opened up with folding sliding …

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One of the key tenets of successful home interior design is working with the features you’ve got.  While your house shouldn’t necessarily dictate how you use it, its architectural features, aspect and dimensions can give you a clue as to what might work best when it comes to décor. The same applies to an Apropos extension.

Although every Apropos structure is bespoke, we do have something of a style of our own. We work with glass, so all of our structures are light, bright and airy, regardless of size. We …

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If there is one architect to have gone down in the annals of American history, it has to be Frank Lloyd Wright. It seems almost unfair that one man should have been subject to so many revolutionary ideas, but it’s to him that we owe such a great number of the theories and techniques that have shaped the architecture of the modern world.

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Honest expression was Wright’s first passion; the belief that no …

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Apropos’ commercial manager, Paul Schofield, answers questions about the increasing popularity of glass in building design. So grab a cuppa’, sit down and relax whilst we take you through everything you need to know about modern glass design.

Q: Why has glass grown in popularity?

A: “Historically, the modern day popularity of glass can be traced back to 1851 – effectively Year Zero in the history of modern …

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Apropos has a heritage dating back over seven decades, and it is a heritage built on glasshouses.

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In 1938, Apropos’ founder, Vincent Hartley, patented his first aluminium glasshouse design.

Vincent was influenced by the glasshouses of the Victorian period, but he believed that these glasshouse designs could be improved – by using aluminium to construct his glasshouses instead of iron.

With this in mind he set about creating modern designs for glasshouses, starting from the simple premise that glasshouses should be clean …

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Lumi window white top openerApropos used to out-source all its powder coating to external companies. However, we brought the process in -house for three reasons:

We wanted to produce even higher standards of finished paint quality, and we believe we have achieved that via a six-step testing process that ensures we consistently achieve an optimum paint coverage on all parts of our bespoke structures.

We have been able to introduce an innovative environmentally friendly process …

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In our Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

This time, Max Pilbeam Head of Interiors Projects at eporta, talks about how eporta is transforming the world of interior design as we know it, as well as how Harrison Ford ‘auditioned’ for Star Wars and how it links to eporta….

With roles including head of contracts at Conran, Luke Irwin and Habitat, Max really is an influential leader in the interior design world. He discusses why Apropos conservatories are a …

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In the Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

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This month Anya Fennet, Founder of Anya Fennet Design Studio, speaks to us about her love for Scandinavian design, how she keeps up with current trends and Sir Richard Branson’s views on Brexit! Take a look and see how much Apropos and Anya Fennet are …

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Skylights – also known as rooflights – are a great way of allowing light into a property. Skylights provide the most cost effective method of introducing daylight and life into the dullest of rooms, and are virtually maintenance free.

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Built using a high-tech glazing product and strong aluminium, Apropos’ skylights are self-supporting and are unrivalled for style, strength and durability; looking beautiful in any home.

Skylights brighten up any room, allowing natural …

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Paul Schofield, Apropos’ commercial manager, provides the answers to some frequently asked questions:

What are the main considerations when constructing a conservatory?

“Lead times differ from company to company, so find out how long the job will take to complete from the point of order. Similarly, you will need to know how long the actual building work will take, so that you can make plans to work around any disruption to …

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Aprofold doors can open up entire sections of your home; creating a stunning blur between outside and in.
Brian Potter, Peter Kay’s comedic creation, once famously proclaimed, “Garlic bread, it’s the future.” If Potter was in the market for new doors, he would certainly think bi-folding doors are the future, and he would be right.

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In the last five years, bi-folding doors – also known as folding sliding doors – have become the must-have door of choice for many homeowners; overtaking traditional patio doors in the style stakes, and …

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Over the last two years Britain has experienced extremely cold winters, testing homeowners to the limit. However, during all the worst weather, bi-folding doors have met the chill test supremely; keeping properties and their occupants warm throughout the long, cold winter days and nights.

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And, with the country facing more uncertain weather over the coming winter months, those same homeowners will be facing this winter safe in the knowledge that their bi-folding doors are more than ready for the task ahead.

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Bespoke glass extensions that house living rooms will help no end in keeping you cosy and warm during the tough winter months and whether you had the hottest day of the year yesterday, or a storm of epic proportions, we all know that winter won’t be far away.

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Investment in an aluminium and glass extension might seem like something reserved solely for summer, but despite this, the addition will still pay off …

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Game of Thrones might have ended its most recent season, but they got one thing right; winter is most definitely coming. The sun has set on the summer and with autumn now in the air, it’s time we started preparing for the colder bought of weather headed our way.

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Luckily, there’ll be no white walkers to contend with, but even so the British winters can be harsh – on ourselves, …

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If you’ve taken a look around our latest product innovation, you’ll already know a little about Apropos Lux, so today we wanted to focus on one Lux product in particular and tell you a little more about what makes the system so special.

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Apropos Lux is a new vision in glazing, bringing you entirely seamless windows, doors, structures and curtain walling to create glazed spaces like never before. …

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With just over a month left before daylight savings ends and the light nights we’ve been enjoying become a thing of the past, it’s imperative that we try and capture as much natural light in the home as possible.

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Natural light is an extremely important part of our day to day lives; brightening not just our homes, but our minds too. Natural light helps to keep your mental wellbeing healthy, boosts your …

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We’ve been designing architecture in glass of the highest quality and standards for decades now. With award winning designs that stand the test of time, add value, space and light to your home and help to bring your property firmly into the future.

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Glazing though, is a constantly evolving industry as is the world of architecture, which is why we’re always on the lookout for ways to keep our offerings …

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We’re big fans of the outbuilding here at Apropos, from pool houses to garden studios and even the humble garden shed. We’ve seen our fair share of beautifully designed summer houses, cabins, outdoor entertainment spaces and modern garden sheds over the years and we like to think we know a little about the design of these spaces too.

Which is why we were hooked on this year’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition – which showcases sheds from up and down the country across nine different categories, none of which …

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Apropos are proud of our modern designs, for modern living which sit equally well alongside period properties as they do more contemporary homes – as is made apparent by the stunning farmhouse  renovation seen here, which included the construction of a beautifully bespoke lean-to conservatory by Apropos.

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The glass and aluminium lean-to conservatory was erected to the side of the property in order to house a beautiful, new, contemporary kitchen. The aim of the renovation was to bring new life to …

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Homeowners wanting a lean-to conservatory in time for next summer should be considering their options now, according to conservatory experts.

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A bespoke lean-to conservatory cannot be created overnight. As a unique piece of architectural design, all of Apropos contemporary orangeries, glass extensions and bespoke conservatory designs take time to devise, create and install. And, depending on whether or not your lean-to conservatory requires planning permission, …

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There are few things quite like the last few weeks of summer, to make you realise how special the season truly is. At this time of year many of us will be preoccupied with thoughts of capturing the season, making sure we get the most out of the warmer weather and sunshine days, and creating new summer memories to add to our collections. Summer is a time to be enjoyed, and in the final few weeks – it’s sweeter than ever!

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10th

Aug

Atelier: Reborn

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glass aterlier garden studioAtelier, n. A workshop; an artist’s or sculptor’s studio.

The Oxford English Dictionary is a wonderful thing, unbeatable when it comes to provenance and pronunciation. It must be hard though, to keep all those definitions up to date. ‘Atelier’ may have had humble origins, but these days ‘workshop’ doesn’t quite cut it.

Bright, stylish, customisable and infinitely useful, the Atelier Garden Room has been among the most successful of the Apropos product …

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6th

Aug

Free Guide To Permitted Development

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At Atelier Garden Studios, we often hear from homeowners who are hesitant to undertake a garden studio project due to fears over the amount of planning permission that could be involved.

However, one of the best things about installing a garden studio, is that they rarely need any planning permission at all. Most garden studios and …

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4th

Aug

10 Ways Atelier Can Help You Work From Home!

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The Office of National Statistics released figures showing that the number self-employed people in the UK is at its highest level since records began. With more than 15 per cent of the workforce finding new ways to earn a living, spare bedrooms, garages and under stairs cupboards everywhere have been requisitioned as makeshift offices, store rooms and workshops. When you add in the regularly employed home-worker, the numbers increase to more than 4.2 million people. That’s an awful lot of spare rooms!

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30th

Jul

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

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With the weather finally on the up and summer sizzling at highs of 32 degrees we thought we’d put together some of the summers hottest home interior trends. So sit back, grab yourself an ice lolly or two and take a look at our range of awesome summer time accessories.

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When it comes to summer, it doesn’t get much better than a set of bi-folding, or folding sliding, …

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27th

Jul

Conservatory Season Is Here!

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Summer is here and with it, so too, is the conservatory season; as we like to think of it here at Apropos. Of course, our bespoke glass and aluminium conservatories are perfect all year round thanks to the advent of modern glass types and clever engineering innovations – but there is just something about summer, that makes it the perfect season for the conservatory (or orangery, or garden room, or glass extension) to be enjoyed.

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20th

Jul

Influential Interiors: The Future of Eco-Friendly Interiors

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In our new Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

This month Sarah, Creative Director of Bio Fires, talks to us about eco-fuel, tabletop burners, loved-up customers and why Apropos and Bio Fires fit together in the world of architecture and interior design.

First off, we have to know – how can Bio Fires work with Apropos conservatories and orangeries?

Bioethanol fireplaces would add to the contemporary look of Apropos conservatories and orangeries perfectly. This is …

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19th

Jul

Kenton Lodge: Linked For Life

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A few weeks ago we sent a team of photographers down to one of our recently completed structures; a majestic glazed link way for Kenton Lodge, a luxury retirement home located just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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The architecture of Kenton Lodge has evolved over time – to meet the needs of its residents and expand the ways in which the space can be used – consisting previously of two separate buildings. The first, and grandest of these, …

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15th

Jul

What Is An Orangery?

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So, last week we wrote a lifestyle piece all about the wonders of the summertime orangery, or any orangery really (they’re a great space for any season) but it appears we may have skipped a step. With many people asking us what an orangery actually is, we thought we’d better explain a little further.

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As you may have seen, we have a large following on Facebook and many people, from skeptics to truth seekers, have been asking …

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12th

Jul

Little Bugbears & Bright Ideas

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With summer supposedly here, and the unpredictability of British weather once again on the tip of everyone’s tongues, at Apropos, we feel that something new to moan about is much needed. And what’s more, we think we’ve found just the thing. Or rather, just the things – and they’re ugly little things at that.

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In fact, you might even find yourself wishing for cooler weather when the sun sets in, and her little air bound minions do …

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7th

Jul

Sustainably Atelier

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At Atelier we’ve long been known for the quality of our designs and structures. It is important to us that your garden room, whatever it is used for, delivers exactly what you expected of it; not just in the days and weeks following construction, but in the long term. While the original French ateliers were originally rather haphazard, lean-to structures which constantly evolved in form and function, modern life calls for something a little more stable and we pride ourselves in our ability to deliver just that.

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2nd

Jul

Conservatories; they’re in the culture

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Conservatories have been a very British phenomenon ever since the building of The Crystal Palace in London back when old Queen Vic still sat on the throne, and British innovation was at its height.

No need for planning permission for this little beauty!

Now, The Crystal Palace itself was far too large to make it as a domestic structure, Queen Victoria rode her carriage through – litter in tow – to …

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29th

Jun

The Summertime Orangery

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Summer is obviously the season when all of our products here at Apropos, come into their own. With the summer sun shining down on us, it’s an easy step to thinking about how we can make more of everyone’s favorite season, and every one of our products is perfectly aligned to do so. Today, though, we’re focusing on the modern orangery.

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In the past, we’ve talked about how cosy an …

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27th

Jun

Top Rated Aluminium Windows!

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LR_CopyrightMadelineSettle2014_07Ever increasing standards in the aluminium windows industry means aluminium windows are stronger, slimmer and more energy efficient than ever before; providing homeowners with unrivaled standards in quality and value.

Apropos is one company leading the way – our aluminium windows have the highest energy rating available on the market; but, what does this mean?

Aluminium windows now have to adhere to a ratings system that measures their energy efficiency. The …

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23rd

Jun

The Increasing Popularity Of The Garden Office

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The popularity of contemporary garden offices has never been higher. A recent survey showed that approximately 2,300  garden studios were installed in the UK in the last 12 months, with 59 per cent of those accounting for £21 million worth of contemporary garden offices.

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It appears that it is not just plants that grow in garden, businesses are thriving as well – thanks to contemporary garden offices.

Leading …

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18th

Jun

Super Slim Folding Sliding Doors

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Apropos’ super slim folding sliding doors are finding their way into the hearts of more and more homeowners.

With some of the slimmest sight lines available on the market, furthermore, they are super-efficient; achieving the top rating for energy efficiency.

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With such slender frames, our folding sliding doors allow an abundance of light into homes when they are closed, and more of nature’s beauty inside …

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15th

Jun

Modern Aluminium Windows Meet All Requirements

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Aluminium windows are slimmer than ever before, thanks to the continuing hard work of industry design teams, such as those here at Apropos.

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For instance, the super slender aluminium windows now offered by Apropos measure just 43mm to the outer frame.

As our design engineer Brian Britch, explains, “Our aluminium windows adhere to a similar ratings system to that which is used for white goods such as washing machines. The …

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10th

Jun

Add Value To Your Home with an Atelier Garden Studio

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A recent report on the BBC revealed that national housing prices have indeed increased! For home-owners, this can only be a good thing; it is currently a seller’s market with supply outstripping demand, but if there’s one thing that the last ten years have taught us it is that you can never rely on a stable market, so it is never a bad time to add value to your property.

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8th

Jun

Permitted Development: The Examples

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Permitted Development is a wonderful thing; allowing us to create the extra room space we need in our homes, without the added hassle of a full planning application. This information however, is still unknown by some and can often deter homeowner’s from taking on home improvement projects.

However, provided your intended building project meets the criteria of permitted development law, you can accomplish much more than you thought – without involving your local council. We’ve put together some examples below to help give you a better idea of the type …

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4th

Jun

Endless Possibilities With Bespoke Design

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A conservatory can be the perfect answer for any homeowner looking to refresh their home, increase their floor space, or wanting a slice of contemporary living.

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Conservatory design has come a long way in recent years; particularly in the affordability of bespoke, made to order, conservatory options. Today, anybody can have a unique conservatory designed and created to match their exact requirements, for just a little more than it would cost them for a …

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1st

Jun

Give Your Home The X-Factor, With Bi-Folding Doors

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When it comes to the perfect party accessory, bi-folding doors can give any home the X Factor!

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Ex (and all time favourite for many) X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, and his TV Directing partner Dee Koppang, love thier bi-folding doors – which bring the outdoors into the kitchen of their gorgeous, end-of-terrace, Victorian house in North London.

“Fitting bi-folding doors in the kitchen was the best decision we ever …

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30th

May

5 Ways To Enjoy Your Garden Room This Summer

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With summer finally just around the corner, garden rooms are being utilised for relaxation and entertainment in gardens everywhere.

So for if you’re not getting the full potential from your garden room, or are still considering whether or not to purchase one, we’ve highlighted five ways to enjoy garden rooms in the summer.

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Children’s Play Rooms

With the summer holidays just around the corner, garden rooms can …

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26th

May

The Future Is Bright, With Aluminium Conservatories

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Apropos’ glass and aluminium structures are super thermal and energy efficient – and that’s official!

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Conforming to the highest regulatory thermal and energy efficiency standards, Apropos’ lean-to conservatories can be enjoyed in the summer months and the closer seasons. Apropos’ aluminium conservatories offer thermal efficiency to rival most alternative building materials.

So, what does this mean for the homeowner?

It means that during warm weather, temperature will be …

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21st

May

Permitted Development, Explained

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Planning permission can be a daunting thought, often enough to keep any thoughts of a home renovation way off most people radar. But, what most people don’t always realise is that many home improvement projects can be completed under your permitted development rights – which allow for certain construction to be undertaken without the need for lengthy planning applications.

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Your permitted development rights derive from a …

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18th

May

Blurring the Boundaries with Bi-folding Doors

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Bi-folding doors are the perfect way to blur the boundaries between your home and garden.  Made up of a run of glazed panels which can fold one way or the other, folding sliding doors will maximise the light entering your chosen room, no end.

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When installed with a flushed tracking and matching tiling from the room through to the garden, you can go further, creating a seamless transition …

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15th

May

No Excuses! (with a Home Gym)

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Oh summer, what conflicted thoughts you bring! We love you for your warmth, brightness and long lazy days, but we also fear you slightly because when you’re here we have to expose our bodies; display our wobbly bits; shelter under voluminous wraps and sarongs, or suffer the heat in inappropriate dress.

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Now is the time of the national crash diet; women everywhere are contemplating celery with gritty …

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12th

May

The Garden Room vs The Conservatory

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For most people, the conservatory is the only structure which comes to mind when considering a home extension. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy the garden, whilst giving a realistic nod to the hit and miss nature of the British summer time. Recently however, we’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of garden rooms, also known as garden studios – telling us there is at least one other option that shouldn’t be ignored when looking to make more of your home and garden.

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7th

May

Go Garden Glamping!

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Glamorous camping. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? While camping is undoubtedly fun in the right conditions, and a fabulous way to bring the family together, most of the time the cramped living space, the grime and the bathroom facilities tend to remove all semblance of glamour, even if you’re staying in a yurt.

Getting out of the house in the school holidays, or the next, much longed for, long weekend, can be fun though and even a trip to the bottom of the garden can have a frisson …

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4th

May

Apropos Outdoor Living

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At Apropos we’re best known for architecture in glass; which brings new life and light to your home and changes the way you make the most of your property. However, we also offer a range of beautiful outdoor living products, so that you can make your garden a lovely place to be, year round.

Our outdoor living products consist of glazed verandas and atelier garden studios, both of which come in a range of modular units which you can customize to suit your space.

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29th

Apr

Verandas With A Price Promise

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At Apropos we are confident in our ability to offer a high quality product and service, at a price unmatched elsewhere in the UK on like for like products. We believe in honest prices for quality products and services and for that very reason we launched our Price Promise – meaning we will match any genuine like for like quotations.

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Make The Most Of Apropos’ Price Promise

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27th

Apr

Planning The Perfect Conservatory Extension

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For homeowners wanting to build bespoke conservatory extensions, there are a number of issues you need to consider before getting your conservatory extension project off the ground:

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Whose design?

It pays to employ professionals to design your conservatory extension, but is it best to go for an independent architect or use the services of an in-house team at a conservatory extensions company?

In-house teams, like that at Apropos, …

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24th

Apr

People in Glass Houses…Look Fab!

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It used to be said that ‘people who live in glass houses should not throw stones’. However, were they to try exerting themselves today then they may just find that they’d struggle to create any more damage than a scratch to the glazing – thanks to the tough and durable qualities of the glass used in Apropos’ contemporary glass houses.

The glass houses designed and created by Apropos are of the highest quality; and are built to survive the rigours of modern, family life. Adhering to tough British standards and …

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21st

Apr

A Truly Delicious Kitchen Extension

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An orangery-style kitchen extension has proved mouth wateringly delicious for a listed Edinburgh property.

We couldn’t resist taking a look at this marvellous kitchen extension once again. The property – a beautiful, listed four-bedroomed apartment located in the gorgeous Murrayfield district of the Scottish capital – was completely renovated, with Apropos proud to be involved in the sympathetic kitchen extension, …

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17th

Apr

Four Ways To Brighter Living Rooms

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Living rooms are arguably the most used rooms in British properties, and with the post credit crunch house market still stagnant, more and more homeowners are looking to transform their properties rather than move. As a result, many property owners want to transform their living rooms.

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In this article, Apropos outlines four different ways in which remarkable living rooms can be created:

Add conservatory living rooms

Whilst conservatories …

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13th

Apr

How to Enjoy Your Glass Design 365 Days of the Year

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So, here at Apropos, we thought, with the weather being so predictable…well unpredictable, we should give you some expert advice on utilising your conservatory when it takes a turn for the worse.

With modern glass and aluminium structures, the days where conservatories were abandoned, along with the flip flops, at the end of every August, only to be reopened in time for a Spring cleaning, are far behind us; now you can be comfortable in your glass structure every day of the year.

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8th

Apr

Case Study: Industrial Chic Kitchen Extension

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Wanting to extend your kitchen? Not sure what style to go for? Looking for inspiration? Then, take a look at the following case study from Apropos.

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We were proud to be involved in and innovative project; designing and erecting a lean-to conservatory, in order to bring some ‘industrial chic’ to a kitchen-cum-dining area in Newark.

A RIBA-registered architect was the owner of the property, and …

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6th

Apr

Conservatory Extensions Add Value To Homes

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With property values on the increase, conservatory extensions are still proving to be a great way to add value to properties of all sizes, and get the edge on your competition.

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Bespoke conservatory extensions can increase the value of properties by as much as 15% whilst adding a real sense of contemporary cool living in the process.

Whilst there are a wide variety of styles, it …

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1st

Apr

Constructing A Bespoke Conservatory

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Considering a bespoke conservatory? Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, to help get you started!

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Will my bespoke conservatory need planning permission?

Planning permission and building regulations will be required unless your proposed bespoke conservatory is acceptable under ‘permitted development’. If in doubt, seek advice from the local planning authority or the Government’s Planning Portal.

Where can I purchase a bespoke …

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For homeowners wanting to improve their dining rooms, the options available are proving food for thought. Below is a guide to the choices on offer to extend your dining room with Apropos!

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Conservatories for a contemporary experience

No longer just add-on extensions, modern conservatories are fully integrated into home designs, with many homeowners creating bespoke conservatories completely created for use as dining rooms. …

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Do you want the perfect kitchen extension? Here’s Apropos’ five top tips for building perfect kitchen extensions:

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1. WHAT PURPOSE WILL THE KITCHEN EXTENSION SERVE?

Kitchen extensions can be more than just a place to cook. Kitchen extensions can also be used as dining rooms, areas for entertaining guests or as additional living rooms. Therefore, kitchen extensions must be planned accordingly. For instance, if kitchen extensions are …

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Rooflights, also know as skylights and roof lanterns, are becoming more and more popular, as homeowners realise they are a great way of letting light flood into the home. Nowhere is this known better than amongst Apropos’ clients – thanks to the our bespoke designs and precision engineering.

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Built using a high-tech glazing product and strong aluminium, Apropos’ rooflights look beautiful in any home and are unrivaled for style, …

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Up until recently, patio door systems were the door systems of choice for most homes, but that has all changed, thanks to the arrival of affordable folding sliding door systems in the British market. Folding sliding doors are opening up homes like never before, creating amazing living experiences for homeowners who have them installed.

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Greater flexibility is achieved with folding sliding doors that is not found with patio doors. A pair of patio doors can have both or …

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The bespoke designs of Apropos have helped conservatories undergo a radical image overhaul in the last decade.

Apropos designs conservatories like no other company. Conservatories designed by Apropos are a world away from the stereotypical image of the 1980s white uPVC conservatory attached to the rear of a property where the patio once was.

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The Apropos Glass used to construct this pool house not only protects it from the British Weather but also adds a rather grandiose feeling to the whole area.
A home can make a real splash with a pool house created by Apropos, and as the focus turns towards lazy summer days, relaxation and leisure, maybe now is the time to consider the benefits of a pool house.

A modern pool house can be used all-year, proving its worth in both the summer and the winter months. In the summertime, pool houses can be opened up to create a fabulous relaxing experience that combines the cool calm of the pool house with the warm freedom of the outdoors. …

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Glass Veranda
A bespoke glass veranda by Apropos can give your home that extra bit of something special. A glass veranda can be used and enjoyed 12 months a year, enhancing your property and increasing its value.

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An Apropos glass veranda – also known as a glazed canopy – is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun and relax in your garden. A glass veranda is ideal for providing some …

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Glazed walkways are such a versatile feature; they can be added to an existing home to create a sheltered area which connects a courtyard, or used to bring disparate areas of a barn or similar conversion together as one. Alternatively, you could employ a glazed walk way as a room in its own right, to link two previously independent parts of your property together, or create a covered walk way which leads to the drive, and provides protection on wet and windy days.

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There is nothing worse than returning home; expecting to curl up on the sofa with a nice glass of wine or a steaming hot cuppa’, only to be greeted by a door that didn’t do its job and a house which has been ransacked by some strangers grasping hand.

Doors and windows will always be the weakest part of your home, when it comes to security, with most intruders finding their way in, and out – with a bag full of your most prized possessions – via a jimmied door …

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Improving, rather than moving, may no longer be as necessary as it seemed a couple of years ago; with the economy slowly recovering and the housing market back in motion. But, that’s not to say there is no longer any reason to improve or add to your home.

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Whether you’re looking to sell your property, and reap as many rewards as you can, or simply wanting to make …

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At Apropos we often work alongside designers and architects to ensure our clients get the best service we can offer, with as little hassle to them and their property as possible. Recently we worked on a 15th century barn conversion alongside a whole host of other industry professionals- and we’re all rather proud of the finished project.

Award Winning Designs By Apropos_ImageThe barn conversion in question can be found in Cheltenham and is now truly a majestic building; with …

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At Apropos we take pride in what we do, so we can understand the lure of home improvement and the satisfaction of seeing a job through to the end. For more than fifty years we’ve worked to fashion the very best in form and function; beautiful bespoke glass buildings that deliver on every level. However, we’ve had decades to accumulate our knowledge and skills.

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When it comes to …

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In architecture, as in all other fields of design, trends come and go. Throughout the ages however, there has been one material, one design element, that has been at the height of vogue since the Romans discovered how to make it, it’s only hiatus coming for a brief 200 year spell when that pesky window tax was ruthlessly enforced. We are, of course, talking about glass.

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Unlike other …

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In recent years conservatories have received a bit of an unfair reputation for being ‘just a garden room’. Whilst this may have been the case in the past, it certainly isn’t now, as modern design techniques and building materials revolutionise home design.

Thinking of conservatories in terms of a ‘glass structure’ or a ‘glass extension’ will help you to envisage the many ways a bespoke conservatory could transform your home. Bringing together your garden and interior whilst adding space and light, can make your home feel like a totally different …

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Having only a small amount of outdoor space can mean a conservatory just isn’t a consideration. Why would you want to eat into the majority of your garden so you can sit in your conservatory and stare at the small patch left behind? Well, it’s time to put those thoughts to bed…

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Leaps in design and technology mean that conservatories are now available and affordable in …

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Conservatories aren’t generally viewed as a home extension, despite them being exactly that. When you think of an extension, a traditional brick box which will make your kitchen a bit bigger usually comes to mind. But it may be more worthwhile than you first think to extend your home with a bespoke conservatory.

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Gone are the days of out-of-the-box, white UPVC conservatories, modern conservatories are bespoke to your needs, your style and your home. This means they can …

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Planning a new conservatory is an exciting time, but it’s easy to find it scuppered by planning permission in the later stages if you don’t do your homework first.

Under the regulations that came into effect on 1stOctober 2008, conservatories are considered to be permitted development, that means they don’t need planning permission. However this is subject to local planning permission and building rules, plus other regulations such as whether your house is listed and the area in which you live.

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For decades now, ever since the enlightenment got everyone thinking back in the 18th century, the spaces we live, work and relax in have been intrinsically linked to the things we create and the way we live our lives.

The search for a room with a view continues with each generation as we strive to create something new, be someone individual and live a life less travelled by those who went before us. Virginia Woolf posits that in order to truly create one doesn’t just benefit from a room with …

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At Atelier Garden Studios we are constantly striving to improve our offering and create new, innovative designs with which to expand our range.

Our current range of customisable garden studios includes;

The Vista – the baby of our family which offers an inspiring, compact space at an affordable price point. The Vista makes the perfect garden office or relaxation space and can be customised to meet your requirements.
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When it comes to interior design we all know what we like, there may be trends and fads, but each of us has an underlying taste which will be present throughout our homes. Conservatories should be no different, gone are the days of mass produced, white UPVC additions, now your conservatory can reflect your taste and style just as much as the rest of your home does.

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After a few miserable summers in a row, a conservatory is becoming an ever more appealing option. Being able to sit and enjoy your garden or have the feeling of being outdoors whilst being warm and dry is a pleasant luxury, to say the least.

A conservatory no longer has to be a white UPVC hexagonally-shaped garden room which is simply stuck to the back of your house. Greenhouses, lean-to conservatories, glass extensions and orangeries are all choices when it comes to choosing the perfect option for you and your …

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Another year, another opportunity. Now is the time that most of us will be setting up plans for the year, arranging future projects and putting anything we’ve had on the back burner firmly under the front grill.

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Planning a kitchen extension can be a daunting task – so it’s something well worth getting stuck into whilst you still have your new year motivation fresh in your mind. …

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As the name would suggest; bespoke orangeries can come in many guises; each one as individual as you are. Like everything we do here at Apropos, our bespoke orangeries are designed for you and your lifestyle and are able to accommodate a range of different uses.

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From the moment your local designer visits your home, we want to get the best idea of how you plan to use your …

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At Apropos we’re almost always preoccupied with new ways to create spectacular new spaces for your home – and, in doing so, expand the area available to you within your property. However, if you’re not yet ready to go the whole hog with a bespoke apropos extension, or simply don’t even have space for that, then we’ve put together a short guide to saving space within the home.

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If your Christmas was anything like ours, many of you will have spent most of it in the kitchen – whether you’re helping, hindering or hiding when it comes to the most wonderful time of year, the kitchen should be haven. The family kitchen at Christmas time, however, rarely lives up to this ideal!

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Some kitchens are too cramped, making cooking the entire Christmas dinner from within it an annual cause …

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As our lives get busier, so too must our homes get bigger – to accommodate all of the people we meet along the way, the technology we simply must have and the offices, gyms, wet rooms and walk in wardrobes that we as 21st century humans can’t seem to live without.

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This though has given birth to a rather peculiar problem. The rise of technology and communication devices has …

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The start of a new year is always a great time for fresh thinking; we set resolutions, get our homes in order after the upheaval of Christmas and begin to plan for the year ahead. The new year opens up new possibilities for all of us and with Apropos on board the new year could mean new horizons for your home, as well as your lifestyle.

With Apropos the possibilities are pretty much endless, thanks to our bespoke design service and time honoured manufacturing and engineering skills. If the laws …

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