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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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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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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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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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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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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Like any part of the home, from time to time your conservatory will need a bit of sprucing up. For some this can be fixed with some new pieces of furniture or a few potted plants but for others, a little more imagination is needed.

Old conservatories tend to be draughty conservatories, and draughty conservatories often get relegated to no man’s zones in the home. The same goes for cramped conservatories shut off from the home, those without any real purpose and conservatories or garden rooms which simply aren’t living …

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Putting your personal stamp on a property is something which comes naturally to us all, we discussed it on the blog last week in How To Make A Space Your Own, but what happens when you purchase a property whose personality is far grander than your own?

Famous comedian Michael McIntyre – despite having one of the biggest personalities in showbiz – ran into exactly this problem when seeking to extend his lavish Edwardian home. The property in question is located in London and is reputed to be completely mortgage …

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22nd

Sep

A Higher Love

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The word ‘atria’ or ‘atrium’ has a number of different meanings. While architecturally it’s used to signify a large open space within a building, usually glazed, it’s also the name of an ancient Italian city, a star in the Triangulum Australe constellation, and the scientific name for an anatomical structure of the heart.

Although these meanings seem disparate, at Apropos we think that they’re rather apt; the architectural atrium was developed in Italy; atria are often the gleaming, sparkling …

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There was a time when lean-to conservatories were considered to be rather a poor-man’s orangery. They provided a perfectly practical space, but they lacked the grandeur of the great estates and were therefore looked down upon.

Even when conservatories became relatively common, people still eschewed the lean-to design in favour of something more ornate. Today it’s time to set the record straight – at Apropos we’re fans of all kinds of conservatories, in fact we’re partial …

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A wonderful source of natural light, rooflights can, in theory, be installed on any roof. However, there are a number of considerations to take into account if you wish to get the best from your investment.

If you’re installing an aluminium rooflight as part of an Apropos home renovation project, your personal designer will advise you on all of the intricacies and hold your hand through the decision-making process. However, …

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17th

Aug

Glazing Over!

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Did you know that Apropos offer ten different types of glass? ‘Ten different types of glass?’ we hear you cry, ‘isn’t that a bit of an overkill?’ Perhaps it might seem that way, but each type of glass has its own unique properties, making each one perfect for a different function and different situation. By matching the right glass to the right job, we can make sure that your glazing works for you and your home, so it’s worth taking a look before you start glazing over.

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At Apropos we often talk about conservatories – and our other glazed extensions – in terms of their wonderful ability to make the most of natural light. There is, of course, one slight problem with this – what do you do at night? Additional lighting is essential if you wish to make the most of your beautiful glass room, but there are a few things that need to be considered if you want your conservatory to shine, without being blinded by the light.

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Although the weather hasn’t been playing ball, we’re truly into the start of summer. If you’ve not yet had a chance to revamp your interiors since the winter set in, now might be the time to embrace a make-over, freshen things up and get your home summer-ready.
Apropos’ Top Five Decorative Styles for Summer 2015

Making a Splash – Water features have always been popular with gardeners, but have you thought about having one indoors? Indoor water …

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Earlier this week we were looking at the best ways of lighting a conservatory and one of the issues that subject threw up was privacy. Just how do you maintain your privacy when you live inside a glass box? It’s a tricky one to balance. On the one side you have all of the advantages of living in a beautiful, naturally-lit environment, with all of the health benefits that can bring. On the other side, you can be left feeling exposed, especially at night when the lights are turned on. …

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Someone clever once said that the future is built on the ashes of the past. Nowhere is that statement more literally true than in architecture. New buildings rise, phoenix-like, atop the foundations of the old, but as these modern structures evolve can they truly be said to be bringing something new, or are they simply just carrying forward choice relics of the past, dusted clean of debris and presented as something fresh?

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1st

May

Futureproof Your Home

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The way that we use our homes changes through the different stages of our lives. It’s not just the space requirements and how much time we spend within our homes, but how we actually use the rooms available to us; the type of cooking we do; the forms of entertaining; whether we work from home; how we use the garden. The problem with buying a property is that you can really only think about what you need from your home now, at the point of purchase, which often means that …

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29th

Apr

Would An Orangery Suit Your Style?

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Oh, you were after a bit more of an explanation? Oh, ok…

Orangeries first came to prominence in the late seventeenth century; made largely from glass, the structures were originally conceived so that posh people could eat fruit and brag about it to their friends. Because back in the days before supermarkets and reliable international shipping, you could actually hire a pineapple for …

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28th

Apr

St Georges Day: Great British Design by Apropos

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We’re apparently a reserved lot, the English. We don’t put ourselves forward like the Americans, assert our prowess like the Australians, and you’ll not find half as many parades and parties to celebrate St. George as you will for old St. Patrick, even within England itself! Even still, Thursday 23rd of April was St. George’s Day, and if there was ever a time to celebrate what it is to be not just English, but Great British and proud, it has to be about now.

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30th

Jan

Structural Glazing: Creating a Classic

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Design, of any kind, is subject to fashion, and trends change at the drop of a hat. While couture and interiors can be fixed with relatively little expenditure, when it comes to architecture, you’re in it for the long haul, so when today’s classy cutting edge becomes tomorrow’s brutalist monstrosity, the choices are limited: like it; lump it; or foot the bill to change it.

With any domestic structure, whether building a home from scratch or adding an extension, it pays dividends to keep in mind that you’re building for …

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22nd

Sep

Apropos Favourite Five: Orangeries.

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Although we might be slightly subjective, at Apropos we think that if a home has an orangery, it will usually be the best room in the house. Whether traditional or more contemporary in design, Apropos bespoke orangeries let in oodles of natural light, yet have a comfortable, private-feeling making them family-centric rooms that people naturally gravitate towards, which is one of the reasons we like them so much.
So, what does a good orangery look like? Here are our favourite five.

1. One of the most popular reasons for constructing an …

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22nd

Aug

Reach for the Sky(lights).

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Skylights seem almost synonymous with trendy modern architecture; perfectly marrying form and function with aesthetically pleasing design and clear practical application, they provide the ultimate in environmentally-friendly lighting.
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It’s funny to think, then, that we’ve been using them in our public buildings for millennia. Although rarely thought of as such, one of the most famous skylights is that of the Pantheon. Known as the oculus, it was commissioned during …

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25th

Jul

Why Not Triple-Glazing?

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We all talk a lot about energy efficiency these days, and so we should. By maximising the efficiency of our homes, we’re directly influencing the amount of money we spend on our fuel bills, our carbon emissions, and the damage we inflict on the environment. Our windows, doors and glazed extensions are usually the primary cause of heat-loss in our homes; as uncoated glass is intrinsically thermally sensitive, it allows heat and cold to pass almost unhindered.

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15th

Jul

How to Protect Yourself When Buying a Fixer-upper.

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So, you’ve saved a deposit. You’ve consulted a mortgage advisor. You’ve secured your finances. And, you think, you’ve found your dream home. Sure it’s seen better days; it’s ragged around the edges and the lay out isn’t perfect, but it’s got great bones and there’s nothing wrong that a few bottles of disinfectant, a lick of paint, new carpets and – when you’re feeling brave – may be an internal reconfiguration won’t fix… Is there?

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11th

Jul

How to Begin Your Design Without an Architect.

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One of the most expensive aspects of building or extending a home is the employment of an architect. The reason for this is that it takes skill, knowledge and experience to get the best from a property. However, it is possible to reduce fees by beginning your design yourself.

At Apropos we regularly work with customers who wish to create their own designs, so we know what it takes to …

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10th

Jul

A Curtain Call for Contemporary Design.

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One of the greatest skills of building, renovating or decorating a home is employing design cues to express the personality of the building’s occupants. Open or closed; extrovert or insular; muted or vibrant; classic, contemporary, or a meld of the two; whoever the person or family, they will have their own tastes and it is the designers job to represent them. In the renovation of this stunning detached home in lancashire, the designer has hit every single nail straight on the head.

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20th

Jun

Top 10 Original Orangeries.

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Orangeries are among our favourite structures here at Apropos. We love how they look, the impact they can have on a home, and the history that necessitated their production. If well constructed, they can last for centuries, and we’ve been looking at some of the best of the UK’s earliest trend-setters.

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire – Now known as ‘the camellia house’, the Culzean orangery was built 1818. The style is lavish, in keeping with the rest of the estate, which was used as the castle of Lord Summersisle, in the …

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13th

Jun

Modern Reflections.

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Aesthetic preference can be a difficult thing to pinpoint; one man’s cutting-edge classic can be another man’s eyesore. A case in point could be Birmingham’s old Central Library; a concrete and glass structure once listed in Prince Charles’ infamous ‘monstrous carbuncles’ of architecture speech and described as appearing ‘a place where books are incinerated, not kept’, yet many loved its utilitarian Soviet-chic exterior.

At Apropos we know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to architecture and that ultimately, there is no accounting for taste. That said, some of our favourite …

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12th

Jun

Conservatories of the World!

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Love it or loathe it, the World Cup is here again, but whether football is a matter of life and death, or more important than even that, at Apropos we like the way that it never fails to bring people together. In homage to that idea, this week we thought that we’d embrace and unite under the banner of our own passion and introduce you to our favourite conservatories of the world… Ok, we know it’s a tenuous link, but stick with us!

Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore – While …

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23rd

May

How to Brighten your Home with Apropos.

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All homes have problem rooms; a north-facing sitting room that’s dreary all summer; an over-shadowed kitchen that takes the joy out of cooking; or a bedroom that could be beautiful if it wasn’t always so dark. Although glass architecture is our professed trade at Apropos, it’s merely our Clark Kent disguise; leave us alone to whizz around in a phone box and we step out, flexing our cranial muscles and wearing our lycra Problem Solver’s outfits!

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9th

May

When Stars Align.

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Design of any kind could be viewed as a fusion. In architecture and interior design we bring together vision and practicality, to produce the physical manifestation of thoughts and ideas. We combine materials, contrast textures, align angles with curves and balance light and shade. We take strength from others to prevent intrinsic weakness and form partnerships to deliver a unified, satisfying whole.

Although widely known as a consumer-led company, as …

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7th

May

Orangery vs Conservatory: How to decide what’s right for you?

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There are a number of questions that we’re regularly asked at Apropos, but there’s one that never goes out of the top ten; what is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory, and which would be better for my property?
On the surface, the answer could seem like a case of semantics; after all, both structures are home extensions made from glass, but there’s a little more to consider if you truly want to get the best from your home.

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2nd

May

High Hopes.

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When is a kitchen extension like a rubber tree? When a home owner is like an ant! When he’s got…
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In the skyyyy hopes…

Some things in life feel unattainable, but loving the house you live in? Nah; that just takes some sensible planning.

At Apropos we often hear our structures described as ‘aspirational’. Which …

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23rd

Apr

How to design the perfect conservatory?

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A conservatory can dramatically enhance both the functionality and aesthetic of a home, but there are a number of points to consider in order to get the very best from your investment.

A sensible place to start is with the question, why do you want a conservatory? These days, conservatories are used for a variety of purposes; dining, relaxing, socialising, growing plants, or any combination of the above. The way in which you intend to use your conservatory should always play a part in the design process to avoid expensive …

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28th

Mar

The Sky’s the Limit.

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Creating architecture from glass comes with many advantages. At Apropos, one of our favourite aspects is that wherever it’s positioned, from the roof panes of a ground floor extension, to the heady heights of an atrium’s peak, working with glass means that for our clients, the sky is always the visual limit.

It’s a liberating feeling, looking up and finding that the sky is smiling down; it doesn’t matter what …

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12th

Mar

A Bright Idea.

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The history of architecture and interior design is practically peppered with bright ideas. At Apropos the window, obviously, is one of our favourites. It lets the light in while keeping the weather out, and while a good brick wall could perform the latter, it has its doesn’t stand a chance with the former.  We need light in our lives, we do; it makes us happy, it keeps us healthy and it is far more effective at improving the eyesight than even the juiciest bunch of carrots. We love the window; …

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How many times have you had one of those conversations and been able to actually mean the words that you’ve spoken? The first structure that Apropos ever built has been standing – and used – for 75 years, and although it was created without the benefit of our modern technologies, we still think that it looks pretty damn fine for something that’s seen almost half of a century. Imagine, then, how well the Apropos extension you build this year will stand the test of time.

Whether greenhouses or garden rooms, …

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At Apropos glass is, as you might guess, very much our thing. Vibrant, glass-fronted, glass-roofed, or fully glazed buildings appeal to us no end. We love natural light, we love the feeling of expansiveness that comes from a room with no visible limits, and we simply adore the playfulness that can be achieved in a liberally glazed building.

Nevertheless, while the concept of open, light-filled living is endlessly appealing, in practise it can have its drawbacks; after all …

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In an off the peg world the man with a coat hanger is king… No, wait… Hang on a minute…

Don’t you think that the scientific obsession with cloning is a little odd? Dolly the sheep was all very clever, but there are easier ways to make a mutton stew or two. It’s not just the scientists who are at it either; cloning is big business and seems to have spread on to the high street and into our homes, but being the same as everyone else has its draw-backs. …

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13th

Feb

The Next Level.

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Architecture, it must be said, is known for introducing fads; exposed brutalist concrete; mock-Tudor beams; the unforgiveable monstrosity of 1970s pebble-dashing; open-plan and cubbyholes. Some fads go as quickly as they come, while others find a foothold of public appreciation and gain grande dame status, either staying true to their iconic selves, or morphing over time like an impressive social chameleon, in much the same way that glass has. Of all the architectural devices though, none has had a more confused history than the atrium.

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2013 was a great year for Apropos in many ways, not least because we extended our social media presence and it has proven to be a fabulous way to get to know you all a little better.

Some of you have been very kind indeed, while others haven’t been shy in letting us know that you can’t please all of the people all of the time! Whether positive or negative however, we’ve been really thrilled to receive your feedback and we’d like it to keep on …

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Folding Sliding Doors by Apropos Conservatories

It’s often said that every picture tells a story. You could say the same about every door.

What’s the first thing you touch when you enter a new home? What’s the last thing you do when you leave somewhere? Doors welcome new brides and grooms over the threshold, admit new babies, shut out bad weather and bar unwelcome guests. Cracked doors speak of being too-often slammed, while the immaculate might reflect an owner’s perfectionist personality. An overly scratched keyhole may recall too many wild nights out, or the hand of …

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There is a belief that in architecture and interior design everything should flow. For most, the idea of fluidity and cohesion comes from a consistency of styles; you wouldn’t, for instance, augment a pretty Georgian manor house with a cubist concrete extension. However, sometimes diversity has a magnetism all of its own and it is when people are prepared to experiment in a measured way that great architecture is born.

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It was a big year, 1938. Czechoslovakia was formed, Hitler came to power, the photocopier was invented, Frank Sinatra was arrested on charges of seduction, Los Angeles flooded, China and Japan went to war, War of the Worlds aired on radio, David Bailey and Derek Jacobi were born, and Apropos built their first glass structure.

We’ve been building ever since.

75 years is a long time in both business and architecture. Processes change, technology advances, and yet that’s what makes …

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 ‘Oo-be-do, I wanna be like you-ou-ou…’ King Louie crooned in The Jungle Book, echoing the thoughts of most of humankind.

When you’re young it’s bad to be different; standing out from crowd means drawing attention and detaching yourself from the cool kids. No one wants to be noticed for being unique; we get the same haircuts; we buy the same shoes; we watch the same television programmes and pretend ignorance if we happen upon an interest that our peers don’t share…

Isn’t it great being a grown-up?

The age varies …

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Orangery Style Glass and Aluminium Extension by Apropos.

Say ‘Drayton Manor’ to most people, and it is not a beautifully restored farmhouse that comes to mind. They will think of noise, crowds, the over excited faces of children, and possibly sticky fingers and the aroma of junk food. In short, there could be no impression more at odds with the reality of the latest project embarked upon by Apropos, and yet it goes by the name of Drayton Manor. That said, there is still something of the dramatic about the project.

Nestled in the heart of rural Northamptonshire …

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Lean to Extension by Apropos listed building

There’s a phrase that’s frequently bandied around the home improvements block; the continuation of an architectural story. It essentially means that when looking at a property there might be a better way than bulldozing and starting again. Through inventive design and clever construction it becomes possible to transform a space, or a place, without erasing every original feature.

At Apropos we can see the appeal of both approaches and whether you’re adapting the old or beginning anew we can help to make sure that your architectural story has a happy …

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Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful life events, second only to bereavement, and yet the debated benefits of moving vs improving always roll on – largely because many people don’t comprehend A) what can be achieved with a little bit of imagination, and B) that a large budget isn’t always required for life-changing results.

This week we’d like to show you a few examples of just what you could get for your money if you choose to improve with Apropos.

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Thinking outside the box has become one of those slightly hackneyed phrases that we’d normally hesitate to use, but it’s tricky because here at Apropos – it becomes pretty literal!

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What is your typical British house? Technically speaking, it’s a box made of bricks. A large stretched cube with a few small apertures and a lightly pitched roof, the average …

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Traditional Orangery Style Glass and Aluminium Extension by Apropos
Architecture is all about striking a balance, making something beautiful out of the most functional of spaces. But beautiful needn’t necessarily be grandiose; there is an elegance in subtlety, and that is very much in play in the Wells Project.

The owners of the Wells Project, a couple with a love of gardening, had been happy with their redbrick bungalow, but had always felt the need for some extra space. A conservatory had tempted them for many years, seeming like the perfect solution for increasing the footprint of their home …

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Who cares if it’s winter? The weather is just a state of mind. Well, unless you happen to be caught out in the wet and the wind but, when you’re snuggled up indoors enjoying a centrally heated glow, the gentle patter of rain on glass (safe in the knowledge that said rain is cleaning your clever Pilkington Activ Clear windows so you don’t have to) and watching the storm blow by, …

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Apropos: Northern Design Awards Finalist
We’re a little bit happy this week, here at Apropos HQ – we’ve just discovered that we’re finalists in the Best New Build Home Under £500,000 category of the Northern Design Awards!

Although it’s not the winning but the taking part that matters, as good old Mum always says, we can’t help but be thrilled to have made it this far into the proceedings. Our gorgeous little nominee, The Finch Project, has really done us proud and we can’t wait for the ceremony on Friday 22nd November to …

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25th

Oct

Double the Fun.

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There’s something about building in glass that seems to restrict the mind. If, over dinner, a friend mentions that they’re considering a glass extension, one’s thoughts immediately turn to the conservatory, or possibly an orangery, a greenhouse – if the friend is horticulturally minded. We mull the logistics of extending outwards, garden space eroded, access altered, and there the notions stop; curtailed by the tops of our heads. But what about building upwards? Now, there’s an …

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18th

Oct

Slide On Over.

Folding Sliding Doors by Apropos

It’s slightly embarrassing, because we don’t like to brag, but it seems that despite always working to bespoke designs, at Apropos we’re very much ‘on-trend’ at the moment. Folding-sliding doors are all the entryway rage and we like them so much that we’ve been making our own variation on the folding-sliding theme for years now; Aprofold.

Would a door by any other name open just as well? Perhaps, but we think that the Aprofold is a little bit special.

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The month is October and the colour is orange. Bright are the leaves just clinging to the trees, fiery the crocosmia flourishing their last in the flower beds, and soft is the sky under the blush of autumn sunsets.

The nights are drawing in, the weather is getting colder, but we care not a jot; we’re snug and warm in our orangery, looking out as the world changes around us.

The reason why everyone associates glass houses with the clement weather of early summer is fairly obvious; glass …

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It’s a funny word, ‘conservatory’. While it did perfectly well for the early installations, ‘conserving’ the tender plants the structure was first built to protect, these days it doesn’t really cut the mustard. There is no allusion in the name to the array of styles available, and certainly no reference to the vast number of potential uses that the conservatory presents, apart from, perhaps, conserving the peace by giving your family extra space!

Today there are five distinct categories of conservatory-like glass extensions widely used, although a vast assortment fit …

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The Finch Project

From the garden, there’s something almost idyllic about the Finch Project. It’s not the materials; made from red brick, render and glass, this is a thoroughly forward-looking project. It’s not the location; despite the manicured garden, the plot is surrounded on all sides. And it’s not the aesthetic; angular and confident, the Finch house speaks of modernity. And yet, somehow, with the steeply pitched roofs, end wall balcony and open facade, there is almost something of the archetypal Swiss chalet about the place; an inviting friendliness which draws one in …

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lean to conservatory kitchen extension by Apropos

Dead space. Almost every home has some; a cranny, corner, or sometimes area of garden, which is totally unused. It sits there, gathering dust or growing weeds, apparently too small, or awkward to make any use of. It seems maddening for a while, but you get used to a building’s foibles and learn to live with the things which once drove you crazy.

Accepting a room and loving it are two very differing things though, and sometimes small changes can make a big impact; it’s not as difficult as you …

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There is a generally held belief in the construction world that if the owner of a modern home wishes for a glass extension the globe is their mollusc, where as with older, period properties horizons are more or less limited to the scope of a sympathetic orangery. At Apropos we laugh in the face of convention and kick sand in the teeth of the generally held belief (or at least we would, if it wasn’t a mean thing to do!). With a little extra thought and a carefully executed design …

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There is a theory that to thrive a person’s spiritual and emotional needs to be met as fulsomely as their physical. For some this means seeking religious fulfilment, for others it is the expression of their artistic bent, while yet more take solace from their family and friends.

This is a theory that the vast majority of architects would adhere to; while we know that literally speaking man probably …

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There has been an undeniable move accross Britain in recent years towards open-plan living. It’s a more sociable way of life, which increases interaction between family members, allows for more convenient entertaining and invites light and air into the home – making for an enviable lifestyle change.

But, as the majority of dwellings across the UK have a history dating beyond the last decade, it can sometimes seem difficult to achieve the much vaunted ‘open plan’. From 60s semis to Victorian terraces there is, however, a way, and that …

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Lean On Me.

Names are funny things. As Shakespeare said; ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’, and yet we still let them influence us. Who hasn’t been caught pre-judging a person by the moniker their parents gave them? When a Tracy or Dwaine says something intelligent we find ourselves far more surprised than when their peers called Zachary or Evangeline do the same. And the phenomenon transcends our views of people – why else would brand management …

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To love beauty is to see light,’ so said Victor Hugo and – let’s face it – he had a point.

In darkness, what do we see? The night sky is only majestic for the shining pinpricks of distant suns and planets; where there is only blackness there is nothing to engage our senses, only prompts to spark our inherent fears. Humans are light-loving creatures; we’ve evolved that way, …

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You can make your Atelier Garden Studio your very own secret space.

It was in 1911 that Frances Hodgson Burnett created her enchanting Secret Garden – with little idea that it would be captivating readers one hundred years hence, and yet, she hit on an idea with universal appeal.

Who wouldn’t want a space that was purely their own? Somewhere to escape to, with a lock and secret key, where tranquillity reigns. Unless you’re lucky enough to possess a roof terrace, an entire secret garden is a bit of a stretch these days, but a secret garden room, now that’s a different matter!

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With wages frozen and the cost of living creeping ever upwards there’s little wonder that we’re once more becoming a nation of make-do-and-mend-ers. Wherever you look someone is offering how-to tips on up-cycling, free-cycling, recycling and getting the most from your home for the least amount of cash. But while Kirstie Allsopp and Sarah Beeny make it all look so easy, can it really be that simple to both save …

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New Build homes are a great excuse to inject some of your personality into their architecture.

For many, building their own home is the ultimate dream. But the dream isn’t just about crafting the perfect space to suit their needs; it’s about making their mark; creating living artwork; making a statement; and leaving something behind.

For the vast majority of people, a dream is all that it will ever be; few of us have the time, the money, the land or the dedication to do with what we will. It’s a depressing thought, but it needn’t be; a design can still be grand when on a …

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Did you know that there are, on average, 200-300 UFO sightings every year in the UK? Or that there are literally thousands of shooting stars on show every single night? Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all known as ‘naked eye’ planets because they can be easily viewed from Earth, given the right weather conditions.

Did you know that 596 different species of birds visit the UK annually? …

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Although space paucity seems to be the cry which most reverberates when discussing British housing, there is a cranny, a corner, or sometimes even a whole room in the average home which goes unused and unloved.

These spaces sometimes become a dumping ground, sometimes a passageway, but often they’re forgotten, except in grumbling maintenance thoughts. Space, or a lack thereof, however, really is a problem in the UK, so wasting it seems almost sinful.

At Apropos we know that one of the primary reasons for a room to be …

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Glass & Aluminium lean to extension by Apropos. Architecture in Glass.

Previously the remit of the apartment-dweller; those fashionable few who lived in lofty spaces of grizzled exposed brickwork and striking steel beams, industrial chic was considered beyond the means of the suburban homeowner, who would have to content themselves with chic of the shabby variety if a design-statement was called for. But why should the urbanites and metro-trendies have all of the fun? Steampunk is in, up-cycling is no longer avant-garde, and industrial chic is for everyone. Not sure where to begin your urban regeneration? At Apropos we might be …

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Calling all architects looking for industry inspiration – the new Apropos Summer Design Ap is out now!

Packed with all the latest news, products and Apropos case studies, the 2013 Summer Design Ap brings Apropos to your pocket, helping us to help you to help your clients. With bespoke glass structures being our speciality, we have a mine of information when it comes to glass, aluminium, and bringing the two into …

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Aprofold doors help create a wonderful balcony feature in this beautiful bedroom - breakfast on the veranda anyone?

Have you ever noticed how biased against our bedrooms we are when it comes to the distribution of glass? And it’s not just the bedrooms, but everything above the ground floor of our homes. Downstairs we will lavish light in the form of conservatories, French windows, kitchens with entire walls of folding-sliding doors, and then with the first step upon the stairs we usually ascend into gloom. Even the most adventurous among us rarely move beyond an attractive skylight.

At Apropos we like to think differently; we don’t want do …

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Trends come and go in architecture and décor almost as quickly as they do in fashion, but if there is one thing that never goes out of vogue, it is glass. Humans have had a special relationship with the substance since we first discovered how to make it, around 3000BC, it was those clever Ancient Roman’s who worked out how to use it for windows, and we haven’t looked back since.

 

At Apropos we pride ourselves on being able …

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Let’s talk about doors. There’s not a day goes by when we don’t use a door and yet we never really think about them. Wooden, metal, glass, hinged, sliding, automatic; like so many minor pieces of architecture, they are ignored until they go wrong. But at Apropos we know what a difference a door makes. They’re not just things of functionality; a carefully chosen doorway can enhance a space; completely changing the aesthetic of a room and the way we live within it. Therefore, we think that they deserve some …

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Lean-to Kitchen Extension by Apropos

Summer is such a short affair here in the UK and it seems real a shame to waste it, so although we hate to be party-poopers we thought that we’d let you know that the time is drawing near when we’ll be forced to call ‘last orders’ for summer sun – or at least, for a guaranteed Apropos installation in time for summer.

Whether you want to kickback in a conservatory, get away from it all in a garden room, or gaze at the world from your glass veranda, there …

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Have you ever noticed a friends forlorn conservatory; sitting empty and unloved for ten months out of every twelve?

Well here at Apropos we encounter such horrors all too often. For us this neglect always brings to mind the question – do their owners lack the faculties of imagination? Did they make the wrong decision when choosing their build? Or are they simply unaware of all the fabulous …

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What could you do with a little extra sheltered garden space?

If this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show has shown us anything it’s that outdoor living is very much de rigueur.

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 the place to be.

While not all of us …

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No need for planning permission for this little beauty!

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

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

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

lean to conservatory kitchen extension by Apropos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His innovation is still influencing architects to this day and …

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

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

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

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

Read the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of DesignAp now.

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

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

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Orangery Style Extension by Apropos

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

Orangery Style Extension by Apropos

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

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

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Lean-to Kitchen Extension by Apropos
A bespoke, lean-to conservatory was the stunning centrepiece of a farmhouse renovation in Oxfordshire. The glass and aluminium lean-to conservatory was uniquely designed and created by Apropos to house a beautiful contemporary kitchen for the property.

Lean-to Kitchen Extension by Apropos

The lean-to conservatory replaced a piece of dead space to the side of the farmhouse, rejuvenating the gorgeous property as part of …

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Are you considering renovating or extending a period property? If so, orangeries are a sympathetic and stylish choice for any renovation project.

Orangery Extension by Apropos Conservatories

Orangeries are different to conservatories insofar as they have a much sturdier appearance, characterised by their recognisable brick or metal ‘pillar’ structures. Usually, orangeries have flat roofs which incorporate glazed areas, such as rooflights. The walls of …

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Today’s aluminium bespoke conservatories are a world away from the eighties uPVC stereotype.

Magnificent, modern day, aluminium, bespoke conservatories owe nothing to the shoddy, white, ‘off the shelf’, UPVC conservatories that dominated the 1980s conservatory market, and blighted properties across the country.

Thankfully, three decades on and consumer tastes and expectations have improved, meaning bespoke conservatories are more popular than ever. Fuelled by television programmes such as Grand Designs, more and more homeowners want their own piece of bespoke architecture. And, thanks to their increasing affordability, bespoke …

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Bi-folding doors have become hugely popular in recent years, and are opening up new lifestyle possibilities for homeowners all-year-round, not just during the summer.

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Bi-folding doors – also known as folding sliding doors– have been catapulted into the public’s imagination thanks to the influence of popular home makeover, television programmes. Viewers have been presented with bi-folding doors’ ability to create new dimensions for home living when they open up a whole side …

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A pair of magnificent rooflights are the centrepiece of an award-winning project by Apropos.

The rooflights take centre stage in a Somerset orangery that reached the final of the 2010 LABC Building Excellence Awards. The rooflights– also known as skylights – prove that, with a little imagination and vision, amazing light can be created in period and historic properties.

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Apropos collaboration with Calderpeel takes centre stage for design show

 

An award-winning project by Apropos took centre stage at Grand Designs Live 2011.

The new-build project recently scooped the ‘Best Glasshouse’ prize at the 2011 International Design & Architecture Awards, and attracted lots of attention from visitors to the three-day showpiece event, held at Birmingham’s NEC.

The project saw Apropos design engineer, manufacture and install almost 30 …

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Bespoke glass and aluminium structure specialists win ‘Glasshouse’ gong

Apropos has won a major international design and architecture award.

The Ashton-under-Lyne company won the ‘Glasshouse’ category at the 2011 Design et al International Design & Architecture Awards, held last Friday (16th September) at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park, London.

The award relates to a private, new-build project in Cheshire, in which Apropos design engineered, manufactured and …

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New Build homes are a great excuse to inject some of your personality into their architecture.

Glazing work on new build project recognised in prestigious Design et al awards.

28th June 2011

Apropos has been shortlisted for a prestigious, international design and architecture award.

The company has been shortlisted in the ‘Glasshouse’ category of the International Design & Architecture Awards 2011, run each year by the highly influential design publication Design et al.

The short listing relates to a private new …

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The following article appeared in the Tameside Reporter, 24th March 2011:

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THE WORD apropos simply means ‘fitting’ and ‘to the purpose’.

A multi-million pound company, and one of the most creative in Tameside, continually strives to ‘purpose-fit’ for its customers.

Not only is Apropos Conservatories a grand example of a local firm performing well in tough financial times, it is one of the country’s leading suppliers …

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Leading glass and aluminium structure specialist Apropos Conservatories have launched their new brochure to coincide with the progression in creative for their print advertisements. The new brochure includes their latest case study photography displaying orangeries, kitchen extensions, windows, roof lights, doors and conservatories created from glass and aluminium.

The new brochure has a sleek feel to it and shows Apropos at their best. The brochure contains insightful information on Apropos …

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