Yearly Archives: 2017

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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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15th

Feb

Alumininum Extensions & Conservatories Are Super Thermal & Energy Efficient

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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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11th

Feb

The Great Buildings of Great Britain.

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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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The Palace of …

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8th

Feb

The Apropos Journey – Your Guide

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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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4th

Feb

Adding Value To The Home

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#AskTheExpert

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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1st

Feb

6 key Influences On Glass Extension Design

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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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28th

Jan

Best Dressed: Conservatory Interiors

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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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25th

Jan

Five Top Tips For Building Conservatories

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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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21st

Jan

Some Like It Georgian

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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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18th

Jan

Frank Lloyd Wright: Framing Nature

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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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14th

Jan

Apropos Anywhere

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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 …

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11th

Jan

Architecture: fine art or not all it’s cracked up to be?

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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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7th

Jan

When I’m Cleaning Windows

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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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4th

Jan

Planning a Kitchen Extension?

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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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