Yearly Archives: 2017

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Today we’re sharing with you another of our case studies from the archives. This garden room was commissioned for a period building and so needed to be sympathetic to this aesthetic. When we talk about sympathy in architecture, what we mean is that the two styles marry well, and this gorgeous garden room is a great example.

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Location: West Yorkshire

Size: 3.5m x 3.5m

Features: Brown Aluminium to complement the …

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If you’ve yet to hear, Apropos have branched out! Our newly created sister company Apropos Outdoor Living now offers everything you need to embrace your garden or patio 365 days a year.

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So we’ve put together our A-Z of outdoor living, to help you get to know the new product range a little better…

A – is for Apropos, of course! Bringing our expert knowledge of Architecture In …

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This lean to conservatory nestles itself perfect into the beautiful countryside surrounding its host building - blending into the landscape.
This week’s case study marries the modern conservatory extension with it’s traditional use as a greenhouse or hot house for growing plants more used to warmer climes. Set in an idyllically lush garden, we think you’ll agree that this design makes a particularly pretty sight.

Location: Northamptonshire

Size: 3.5m x 4m

Features: High ridge lean-to.

Colour: RAL1015, Light Ivory

The Brief

To design and install a lean to conservatory on the rear gable wall of the house transforming the old garden store room, complete with corrugated tin roof, into a …

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It’s not surprising that one of the most frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages is how much will it cost? In order to efficiently plan for a new conservatory or extension you’ll need some idea of the overall budget, after all. Being bespoke though, means it’s not always easy for us to provide exact costings and off the peg quotations.

Each and every one of our modern glass and aluminium conservatories is entirely bespoke. Custom made to the exacting design specifications for each of our clients and …

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In a world where the likely hood of a decent state pension coming your way, becomes less and less likely, property is king. Conservatories can help extend your property, but will they add value?
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Yes say our friends over a Property Price Advice – and they know their stuff. Not only that though, they’ve gone a step further. They’ve done all the research, so you don’t have to, and figured out …

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What a difference a new set of bi-folding doors makes. As you’ll see in this week’s case study below. Home improvements don’t have to be a major hassle, to make a big difference to the way you use your property.

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Location: Hertfordshire

Size: 5.5m x 2.5m

Features: Folding sliding doors, patio doors and roof light

Colour: RAL 7015, Slate Grey

The Brief

The client was looking to extend their living area with …

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One of the main things we pride ourselves on here at Apropos, is our ability to innovate; bringing time honoured engineering skills to bear on future technologies and spotting a good thing when we see it.

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Our bespoke nature means we’re always challenged to think of new ways to engineer our structures and find solutions to problems we may not have encountered before.

All of this on the …

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21st

Oct

A Winters Tale

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We tend to take our photography and put together our case studies during the summer month, to get the best light and show our structures in their natural habitat (not that they aren’t just as efficient during the rest of the year) – so we rarely get to see our conservatories, extensions and orangeries within a winter scene.

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These images, kindly shared with us by the architects, of a stunningly modern kitchen extension are therefore a little different – with winter’s …

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We’ve got something seriously special to share with you today – a futuristic kitchen extension based around celestial skies and bold, clean lines. Apropos were called upon to custom manufacture the corner bi-folding doors for this barn conversion, creating a brilliant contrast with the older architecture of this home.

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The Details

Location: Kendal, The Lake District Dimensions: Colour: RAL 7021 (Grey Black) Features: Barn conversion, full glazing project.

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Despite our country wide dismissal of expert opinion in recent times, it still stands to reason – if not poll results – that consulting an expert, when looking to make a big decision in a field you’re unfamiliar with, is the best way to go.

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At Apropos, we have a vast wealth of knowledge in architecture in glass; the term we like to use for our modern glass and aluminium conservatories, …

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We’ve got a treat for you today – a modern kitchen and utility room lean to conservatory extension, which spans the entire back length of this red brick property, coupled with a traditional conservatory which seeks to make the most of some dead space in this properties large back garden.

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The Details

Order: Barton, 2645 | Location: Isle of Wight | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active | Features: 5 Leaf & 10 Leaf Aprofold Doors, Traditional Side Conservatory & …

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This case study is one of our very favourites – as it offer so many examples of how Apropos’ bespoke nature, works so well in our clients favour.

Commissioned as a replacement orangery for an old, tired predecessor to a listed building – the bespoke nature of our offering meant we were able to provide a much more useful space for the homeowners to enjoy. Cosy, good looking and perfectly in tune with it’s host property, this replacement orangery looks as good today as it did when first conceived.

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Architecture, by nature, is a thing constantly in flux – shifting trends and aesthetics create new features and conceits, and whilst this is most obvious when walking through a city street, where architectural contrasts abound, these changing trends do filter down into domestic properties.

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Once there, modern architectural innovations, can completely change the way we use our homes, as well as the way others see them.

Whilst we’re all, all too aware …

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Today’s case study perfectly showcases the bespoke nature of the Apropos design system, thanks to it’s unusual shape and entirely unique aspect.

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The Details

Order: Wells, 2601 | Location: Berkshire  Dimensions: 3100mm x 8380mm | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active Blue | Features: 3 Leaf Aprofold Doors & Automatic Ventilation.

The Brief

Our clients requested a quirky take on the traditional aesthetic for their orangery style extension. The couple, in their …

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20th

Sep

How To Hygge!

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We’re loath to say it, but it looks as though that’s a wrap on summer 2017 – not that we got much of one to start with, which is all the more reason to consider making the most of your outdoor living space with an Apropos structure, so you can enjoy your garden, whatever the weather. But, we digress!

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Autumn is upon us and anyone who’s a regular to …

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Today we’re sharing with you one of our most favourite kitchen extension – which we working alongside  RIBA accredited architect to design and construct. This case study is one from the archives, but we hope you’ll agree that this design has truly stood the test of time, looking just as cool and contemporary today as it did on the day our fitters packed up.

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The Details

Location: Nottinghamshire

Size: 7.5m …

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This orangery utilises glass folding sliding doors and a glazed skylight in order to let the outdoors in.
These days, it’s no strange sight to see orangeries bedecking the back of homes up and down your street, as their popularity grows year on year.

After all, the orangery offers the perfect compromise between indoor and out. Hybrid structures, somewhere between an old fashioned plain brick extension and the modern, forward thinking fully glazed extension, orangeries offer their discerning owners the best of both worlds – allowing light to flood in, whilst still offering some privacy.

Originally though, orangeries were used when two worlds collided, and the rich aristocracy …

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Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your bespoke Apropos structure in readiness for next year; which we all know is the perfect time to enjoy your Apropos addition – so you don’t have to spend another spring and summer sat yearning for a little more outdoor living in your life!

Although each and every Apropos product is tailor made to meet the specifications of each individual client and their property we do have certain identifying terms and basic designs from which every Apropos begins its journey. Here is a …

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Oh Autumn, what a season you are! Beautiful, blousy and sultry, with misty mornings and shorter nights quietly hinting that summer will soon be gone entirely. While the garden is still looking gorgeous the best is now behind for another year and the last allotment harvest is near at hand.

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For the serious gardener, winter is no obstacle, but if wearing welly boots while the rain lashes down is not for you, the great indoors might beckon. That’s not to …

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One of the problems many parents face in the long summer holiday is that their children are separated from their friends, particularly in rural locations.

Being off school and away from lessons may be fun for a short while, but the sheen of appeal rapidly wears off without friends to play with. Now that the holidays have approached their end, organising a last hoorah and getting the kids together again can be an entertaining exercise as school starts up once more.

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At Apropos we enjoy every project we undertake, but when something even more different than usual comes along we can’t help but fall a little in love with it. We’re sure you’ll do the same, with this beautiful bespoke atrium.

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The Details 

Located in Swansea, this project was to provide the heart of a new build property set to make the most of the spectacular welsh countryside. Our clients wanted a two-storey atrium …

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The summer holidays are, and rightly so, generally all about children. That niggling annoyance we know as ‘responsibility’, and the equally irksome ‘duty of care’ call us to arms, making sure that the kids are happy, healthy and fulfilled.

Most of it comes naturally; we want our children to thrive and it gives us pleasure to see them doing so. But every so often, once in a while, when sleep has been short and tempers are shorter, every parent feels a need to reclaim their christian name, to be called …

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The owners of this Winchester home felt it was time to ditch their traditional wooden kitchen, and replace it with an ultra-modern style kitchen extension. They wanted a bright, spacious living area that would act as a hub for family life and social entertaining.

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The Details

A similar project by Apropos would cost approximately £30,000.

This goal was ably assisted by a plot of L-shaped ‘dead’ space in the rear garden, on …

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Today we’re taking a look back at one of our favourite projects from the archives, that looks as striking and beautiful as it did on the day we installed it – a double storey glass extension for a Lancashire based farmhouse. We always enjoy working with period or listed properties, and this project was no exception! Find out why below!
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Cost

Similar structures would cost around £65,000

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The long summer school holidays can be trying for parents. It’s not that you don’t want to spend the time with your children, more that it’s not always possible. With work commitments, who can take a six week break in one go? Who has the funds to spend on daily outings and activities? Who has the time to abandon household chores? We all have to work and we all have to live, so how can you make it all add up?

One of the simplest ways is to holiday at …

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Spring and summer are particularly busy times for us, here at Apropos. With the prospect of fairer weather, home owners feel inspired to take the plunge and add that long-wished for extra room.

They sit with our design team and talk of the perfect conservatory, or the dream kitchen-diner, the orangery that will bring the family together and create the ideal space for everyone to relax in. They have mental pictures of serenity, or fun, or purely improved practicality and they think of absolutely every aspect, including how much the …

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This East Sussex conservatory by Apropos made a splash by linking two outbuildings together to create one property; and provided a sun room for the property’s outdoor swimming pool and patio area.

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Cost

A similar structure would cost approximately £70,000 (including VAT).

Details

A project undertaken by Apropos in East Sussex made a splash with its joined-up thinking.

A bespoke link conservatory between two outbuildings helped create one property, whilst also providing a beautiful sun room to complement the property’s outdoor …

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Licking the beaters, rolling pastry, cutting cookies and kneading dough, getting fingers sticky and flour everywhere; anyone who can remember cooking, and especially baking, with their parents when they were children, will know how special it can be and will want to remake those same memories with their own little ones.

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At Apropos, baking is one of our favourite family activities. A simple, fun and fulfilling pastime, baking isn’t just an affordable option for filling a few dull …

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The summer holidays are with us again, bringing with them that perennial question: what are we going to do with the children?!

You’ll notice the use of the interrobang (the combined ?! symbols); a punctuation trend frowned upon by the educational establishment, but incredibly useful when posing a mildly panicked rhetorical question. Because, while in theory a six week break spent with one’s offspring can sound like a perfect delight, in practise, once the boredom kicks in you may find that none of you are smiling.

The solution? Get the …

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We’re often asked about whether or not our structures are suitable for listed and period properties, and whilst each individual property will be subject to varying planning rules and regulations, it can certainly be done – as evidenced by this contemporary conservatory for a listed property which we’ve dusted of from the archives to share with you today.
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Location

Birmingham

Cost

c.£40k for a similar bespoke structure

Brief

To create a bright …

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Hygge conservatory interior design
Building a beautiful bespoke glass extension is a big investment, so while you can be sure that the architectural design will be flawless, you need to put serious consideration into what’s going to go into it once it’s finished.

To give you some inspiration for your new conservatory, we’ve looked at some of our favourite projects over the years and tapped into the expertise of some of the UK’s best loved interior stylists and bloggers to bring you the ultimate guide to furnishing your conservatory.

Bring the outdoors inside

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This bright, modern Huddersfield kitchen diner has been opened up by a bespoke glass and aluminium structural design by Apropos. Here’s how we did it!

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Our client wanted a kitchen that was multi-functional, highly contemporary and fully adaptable for exploiting the adjoining patio and garden for family and social use. The resulting design consists of one house-wide extension that consists of two clearly defined glass features consisting of separate aluminium bi-folding doors and …

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Orangery Style Extension by Apropos
If you’re already dreaming of a glazed Christmas, your timing is perfect –  homeowners looking to install a Christmas orangery should be considering their options now, according to conservatory experts.

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A bespoke glass extension of any kind, cannot be created overnight. As a unique piece of architectural design, a modern orangery by Apropos, takes time to devise, create and install. And, depending on whether or not your orangery requires planning permission, …

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Today, we’re taking a look back at one of our favourite projects; an award winning new build atrium set in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Our atrium provides a link between two solid wings of it’s new build host building, and provides a beautiful space to sit and enjoy the views.

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To work alongside Architect; Owen Lloyd, and Structural Engineer; Andrew Thomas, on the construction of a new build home for Mr and Mrs Jenkins. Apropos were commissioned to design …

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Start any conversation about architecture, anywhere, with anyone, and you can guarantee that within the first five minutes, form and function will be mentioned.

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Goodness knows, we’ve mentioned them enough on these Apropos blog pages! They are the ever-driving forces behind the craft, the yin and the yang that make up the whole, but can they be separated and prioritised? Is it possible to say which matters most?

It’s easy to hazard that for the majority of people the gut instinct …

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New Build homes are a great excuse to inject some of your personality into their architecture.
Apropos was proud to provide a complete glazing service for this award-winning, new-build project in Cheshire, alongside Calderpeel, a Manchester based architectural practice with whom we’ve worked on many spectacular projects.

Cost

c.£210,000 (exc. external and internal construction work. The work was VAT exempt.)

Details

The project involved fitting all the glazing throughout the new build project. This included an impressive glazed corridor that linked a beautiful open-plan side kitchen and living space with the rest of the property. This area was complemented by sets of folding, sliding doors that …

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When it comes to entertaining guests, bi-folding doors have the X Factor – and that’s official.

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It has been reported that X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, and his TV producer-director fiancée Dee Koppang, recently had bi-folding doors fitted in 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 made,” Dee told Living etc. “In the summer, the space is almost like our downstairs living …

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Apropos was proud to be involved in this sympathetic, high-spec renovation project – designing and installing the orangery’s rooflight, folding sliding doors and windows.
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Property Type

Four-bedroomed, ground floor, period apartment

Location

Edinburgh

Cost

£23,000 (exc. external and internal construction work)

Reason for the extension?

The orangery replaced a tired, timber-framed conservatory that was beginning to rot.

Why an orangery, rather than a conservatory?

The owners wanted to give the property a ‘wow’ factor, whilst retaining some elements of traditional design. …

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Back in the days before cheap package holidays abroad became the mainstay of the British holiday scene, Apropos had a holiday attraction to match Blackpool Tower or Brighton Pier. Rhyl’s Floral Hall was so popular with tourists that it was bestowed the ‘Royal’ prefix.

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Opened in 1959, it was built by Apropos’ predecessors, Hartley Botanic, for the local council. It immediately became a huge favourite with visitors enjoying the exotic plants and foliage that thrived in the warm, favourable conditions inside the Hall.

Unfortunately, holiday tastes changed, …

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So, summer is finally here and with it comes the usual round of design gurus spouting their must-have trends for the body, the garden and the home. At Apropos we prefer to take an original approach, so this is our guide to decorating downfalls and trends to take with a pinch of salt.

Animal magnetism – For years now, designers have been trying to tempt us into investing in animal print decor; zebra stripe wallpaper, leopard print rugs, giraffe spot upholstery and cow hide everything else. It comes in natural …

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We’ve just finished working on some updates to the blog section of our site and plan to continue making some ongoing improvements – to ensure our blog remains the best place to get all the info you need for inspiration and insights into the world of architecture in glass.

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We value all of your feedback very highly and hope you’ll get in touch with us to let us know what you’d like to hear more about. …

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It is always satisfying to see the completion of a new Apropos project, but more so when it can be compared with what went before. Here are three case studies of Apropos projects that show the difference before and after installation

Case study 1: Edwardian property gets new lease of life with lean-to conservatory

This Edwardian home in Stourbridge benefits enormously from an infill, lean-to conservatory; designed, manufactured and installed by Apropos.

After 20 years occupancy, the owners felt the time was right to extend their living space, by converting …

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Man has been cultivating herbs for centuries, using them for their medicinal, preservative and flavour-enhancing properties. Despite their reputation however, herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, even for those with limited space. As summer is the very best herb growing season, we thought we’d give you a handy Apropos guide to 10 herbs that will spice up your summer.

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Basil – Distinctively flavoursome and aromatic, basil is a bright, attractive plant, which is extremely happy growing in …

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13th

May

In Glass Houses

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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

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The glass houses designed and created by Apropos are of the highest quality; and are built to survive the rigours …

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A lean-to conservatory was cleverly used to bring some ‘industrial chic’ to a new kitchen in Newark.

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The owner of the property – a RIBA-registered architect – wanted his own piece of contemporary, minimalist architecture, to house a sleek kitchen cum dining area. However, on paper this aspiration was challenged by the existing property, a traditional looking 1950s detached house.

The challenge was superbly met with a sympathetic …

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Along with modern innovation and progress, more and more options become available to us in all walks of life – but it can sometimes be a little challenging to understand what’s on offer. From the latest mobile phone handsets, to the best places to eat, how do you know what to choose and which options are best for you?

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At Apropos, we’re bespoke, everything we design, manufacture and install is …

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It’s almost summer – when everything is fresh, new and green; flowers are both budding and blooming; the bees are in a frenzy over the wealth of pollen and nectar; and the lawns are not yet frazzled. It’s the ideal time to sit in your – hopefully, Apropos – conservatory with doors open and a cup of tea in hand, and take stock of your green resources.

If your fingers are not naturally green, the garden in summer can seem a bit overwhelming; simply knowing where the propagated plants end …

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For over 50 years Apropos have been designing, manufacturing and installing breathtaking glass and aluminium structures for use in stately homes and domestic properties alike; each one unique, and each one perfectly tailored to our clients needs.

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Still today we design and manufacture our bespoke aluminium and glass extensions right here from our Manchester based factory, before heading out across the UK to marry them with …

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Come take a closer look at one of our most popular projects today as we talk you through the work we did at a property in Manchester; marrying home with garden, and extending the property with a modern pen plan kitchen extension. 

The Brief

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Mr Veulemans, who was already undergoing major renovation works within his Manchester home, wanted to add an …

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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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Our resident Sales Manager; Paul Schofield, tells us how.

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Whenever and wherever a large building is planned it inevitably provokes controversy, particularly in built-up areas. Unsurprisingly, The Shard was no exception. Many Londoners didn’t want it at all; others thought that the design was unsightly, unappealing and essentially odd.

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The building took almost four years to construct and comes in at 309.6 metres, making it almost twice the height of any other structure in the city, and for a time, the tallest building in Europe. Having been open to …

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This spring, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is hosting a programme of exhibitions and events celebrating the major British architects and architectural developments of the last 260 years. It’s a fascinating story covering all aspects of the craft and projects from all over the world, led by British design teams. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models, the programme demonstrates the prowess of Britannia and how our comparatively small country has made its mark, from London to Hong Kong.

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Ever increasing standards in the aluminium windows industry means aluminium windows are stronger, slimmer and more energy efficient than ever before; providing you with unrivalled standards in quality and value over competitor products such as uPVC or wood.

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Apropos is one company leading the way, with our aluminium windows boasting the highest energy rating of ‘A’ and a U-value of 1.6 W/m²K; which is all well and good if you’re technically …

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We’re often asked about which structure would be best for particular clients, and always asked what the differences between our structure types are. Being a bespoke company, we find it hard to define the different structures we design, as each one is actually just another bespoke structure. However, there are a few ways to tell your way around the three main structure types – which we’ll share with you today.

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Aprofold doors can open up entire sections of your home; creating a stunning blur between outside and in.
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“The construction of a bespoke glass and aluminium extension is not something that can be completed overnight,” says Apropos’ expert designer, Paul Schofield. “It requires a lot of thought and consideration by the client, and a certain amount of patience. All Apropos’ extensions are wholly bespoke, and a lot of time is required to agree the proposed design with the clients, secure planning permission if it is required, and manufacture the structure before it can be installed.

“Ordinarily, from the point of order, a typical Apropos structure will take 16 weeks …

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Planning can be a minefield, and even the most carefully planned and designed project can come a cropper at the planning stage. Nonetheless, some great structures can be created within permitted development rights.

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For instance, adding a conservatory to a house is considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, subject to the limits and conditions listed below:

No more than half the area of land around the “original house”[1] would be covered by additions or …

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What could you do with a little extra sheltered garden space? Spring is in the air, and if there was ever a season for escaping into the great outdoors, or at least pottering down to the bottom of the garden, it has to be spring.

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From rustic roundhouses and Japanese garden rooms, to astonishingly striking viewing platforms which double as works of art, the message is clear; the great outdoors is …

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29th

Mar

Architexts

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It’s often said that there are only seven stories in literature and nothing now is ever truly new. But, while Helen Fielding openly acknowledges Bridget Jones as a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter could be viewed as a variation on the Red Riding Hood theme – the monster overcome, order restored – are we really so limited in the rest of the artistic world?

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Is Tracey Emin destined to always be the femme tragique, are Billy Bragg and Bob …

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We’re continuing with our #asktheexpert series today, with an interview from one of our very own award winning designers, Paul Schofield.

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Q: What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?

A: Clean, clear lines are popular, coupled with workable designs that accommodate everyday needs. Form and function can easily go hand-in-hand, so long as designers apply them in equal measure.

Q: What are the key influencing elements at …

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23rd

Mar

Rule Britannia!

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What would you say are the greatest buildings in Britain? How would you decide on the criteria that would shape your selection? Would it be purely down to architectural excellence, or would other factors come into play? What about the way in which the building was used, the way it has evolved, the people who used it, the stories it could tell, and the impact that its existence has had on history? Would it need to have revolutionised architecture? We’re interested in your thoughts; we’d like to hear your views.

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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.
The interesting thing about a well designed item, whether a tea cup or a forty storey building, is that you’re hardly likely to notice it. Of course, you’ll pick it up, you’ll use it, you may even subconsciously appreciate its aesthetics, but it’s only if something is not quite right that you’ll start to pay attention. If the tea cup dribbles every time you go to take a sip, or the lip of the step makes you trip each time you climb the stairs; that’s when you’ll take heed.

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When it comes to making home improvements, we all face an array of choices even when it’s been decided that a glass extension is just the thing.

No longer is the only option available an ‘off the shelf’, white, uPVC conservatory bolted on to their property. Today, thanks to technological and thermal advances, bespoke extensions are affordable and highly desirable. Apropos presents a low-down on some of the options available today:

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Hoorah! The weekend is here, the skies are blue, the birds are singing, small mammals are giving each other suggestive looks, it can only mean one thing; spring is here at last! Hoorah! It’s time to pull on your wellies, dust off your shovel and head out into the garden.

We love spring, here at Apropos. After the months of rain and cold and dreariness, it does the body good to slide back those Apropfold doors and let the fresh air in. Along with the air come the sounds and …

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*Gasp!* What a scurrilous accusation, we thought, when reading through our lovely supporter’s comments on Facebook and discovered that someone, who shall remain nameless, had likened one of our conservatories to a… a… to a McDonald’s!

Now, while we’re all partial to the occasional ‘golden arches’ indulgence, when it comes to architectural statements, it’s not really the look we’re going for. Ok, so we admit that a few of the elements are the same; we use a lot of glass and aluminium plays its part in both Apropos and McDonald’s …

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Conservatories are increasing in popularity and when every penny counts, they are the most affordable and sensible way of improving your home without making what can be the tremendous effort of moving house.

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Apart from making your house look great, they create that vital, versatile, extra space, which most homes are in need of. What extra space could your home benefit from?

Many people have over-sized gardens that aren’t always used to their full potential, (especially in …

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No matter what you’re up to this week, we all know that the school holidays can be a hectic time, when all you want to do is sit back and relax, you find yourself instead burning the candle at both ends; if only to cram in a few extra moments of entertainment for the little ones.

Imagine Lazy Summer Days in Your Apropos Lean-to Conservatory

This year, the weathers warmer than usual, …

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Glass and aluminium structures have been synonymous with innovative, cutting edge architecture since Apropos’ forefather: Vincent Hartley, patented his first aluminium greenhouse design in 1938.

Where Vincent led many followed and today glass and aluminium buildings dominate the skylines of some our world’s most important cities. The strength and weather-resistance of aluminium is what marks it out above all other materials for the construction of these colossal sky scrapers; allowing for more unconventional designs to be realised and boundaries pushed.

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A new, bespoke conservatory could be just the thing for beating the current malaise in the British housing market.

The miserable state of the market, after what looked like a promising boost in sales last year, means many homeowners are once again, opting to say in their current homes and refurbish them, rather than attempt a move. With this mind, some homeowners are looking to extend their properties, and one great way is with the addition of a bespoke conservatory.

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Forgive us for spelling it out quite so plainly, but we’ve recently received a wave of enquiries referring to the use of our conservatories all year round. With people across the social stratosphere then going on to debate the finer points of how this is simply not possible. Well, we’re here to tell you – it is. Apropos’ conservatories, extensions and orangeries are super thermal and energy efficient – and that’s official!

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With such a long architectural history, it is hardly surprising that Great Britain has a veritable plethora of amazing buildings. From the superb grassy sprawl of Edinburgh’s Scottish Parliament, right down to Portland Bill; that iconic lighthouse on the Dorset coast, the length and breadth of Great Britain is populated with glorious architecture.

This week at Apropos, we’ve decided to look at five of our favourite Great British buildings, and explore the reasons why we love them.

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Any form of home renovation can be stressful. But it can also be exciting. At Apropos, we aim to remove the anxiety and amp up the anticipation, making your home improvement experience a pleasurable one, and for this knowledge is key. Your Apropos glass extension adventure takes place in seven stages.

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1. Every Apropos journey begins with a brochure. Sixty two glossy pages of inspiring designs (case studies are available …

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Apropos’ Paul Schofield is back – and this week he’s providing you with all the dos and do nots of adding value to your  property with a bespoke glass and aluminium design.

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“What are the best ways to add value to your home?”

“High quality, bespoke extensions are a great way of adding real value to properties at a time when you want to get the most out of your property,” says Paul. “Beautiful bespoke conservatories and orangeries can give properties a …

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Gone are the days when glass extensions were whatever homeowners desired – so long as they came in white uPVC. With today’s bespoke designs, homeowners have almost unlimited scope for their aspirations. Apropos’ Peter Holland provides a low down on the six key influences for glass extension design:

1.            What is the style of the original building?

Orangeries enhance listed and period properties.

“Some period or listed properties suit more subtle bespoke extensions that adhere to orangery designs,” says …

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Wobbly wicker, fading cushions, dusty pot plants and macramé lampshades; there seems to be some sort of mild malfunction in the British brain when it comes to kitting out conservatories. One which leaves us all uniformly sitting in an 80s pastiche – often against our will.

Although the glorious light levels add a different aspect, conservatories, orangeries and other glass extensions are ultimately just another room for you to make your own, so why is it that so few of us do?

When you build from scratch, or replace your …

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As the country’s leading designer and manufacturer of aluminium and glass structures, Apropos has built up over 70 years of expertise for bespoke conservatories.

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Paul Schofield, Apropos’ commercial manager, passes on his top five tips for budding bespoke conservatory build project managers:

1. Work out your building schedule

“You may be in a position to work as many hours as you wish, but …

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From elegant Edwardian’s to ‘concrete carbuncles’, everyone has their own opinion of what makes for architectural perfection, but according to a recent poll conducted by the BBC, it’s the  gorgeous Georgian’s which currently come out on top.

Watch any property programme, or speak to any house-hunter, and you can almost guarantee that within five minutes of discussion the words ‘period features’ will come up. However, while the ornate architraves, complex cornicing and bright bay windows of the Victorian era were once the top of the homebuyers pops, they’ve now slipped …

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These are the words of Frank Lloyd Wright. Described as the man responsible for a revolution in architecture, which began in the late nineteenth century and is still being felt today, Mr Lloyd Wright designed buildings that ‘nourished the lives of those sheltered within them’. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and the ‘omnipresent spiritual dimension’ of what he viewed as Nature, with a capital N, he sought to create spaces that would bring together wildness and artifice to form a fulfilling, cohesive whole.

While his geometric …

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There’s no telling where inspiration will strike you, but with the new Apropos Responsive Website you can be sure that we’ll be ready whenever – and wherever – you are.

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We’ve all been there; searching for information and struggling to navigate around a full-sized webpage on a dinky mobile phone or tablet screen. You start your search believing it’s all perfectly doable, but several accidental clicks later frustration escalates to boiling point, and those cheerful plans are abandoned in a fit …

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A ruin is more interesting than a freshly completed building; it shows the effects of time and experience.
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There is a petrol station in Nottinghamshire with Grade II listed status. Disused now, this one-time roadside filling station has a great, swooping winged canopy that has something of the Sydney Opera House in its style. Designed in the 1960s, it has a futuristic swagger which manages to capture some of the excitement and ‘go-getting’ attitude of the age, and yet in 2012 the structure was slated …

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With his borderline-lewd lyrics and cheeky chappy grin, George Formby gave window cleaning real appeal, but even he would have to admit that the nagging arm ache and irritating streaky finish can get the best of us down from time to time.

Orangeries, conservatories, Aprofold doors and atriums; whichever way you look at it, Apropos products do have a lot of glass on show, which can be daunting to anyonLumi window white top opener

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‘No matter where I serve my guests, they always like my kitchen best.’

Practically every grandma in the country had a sampler, plaque or plate displaying those words at one time. It may seem slightly hackneyed now, but as sayings go it still rings true. The kitchen is the heart of almost every home, so adding a glass extension to increase light, space and entertainment opportunities is one investment that you’ll never regret.

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