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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bi-folding Doors

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

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

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

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No need for planning permission for this little beauty!
Conservatories have been a very British phenomenon ever since the building of The Crystal Palace in London back when old Queen Vic still sat on the throne, and British innovation was at its height.

No need for planning permission for this little beauty!

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

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

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

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Children’s Play Rooms

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

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

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

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

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

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At Apropos and Atelier we’re most definitely dreaming of a chic Christmas this year here at HQ. We spent last week dressing up our resident Atelier Garden Studio in all things merry and bright for a fabulous competition we’re launching over on the Atelier site today.

The garden studio on site here at Apropos looked absolutely stunning adorned with enough twinkle lights to deck our halls twice …

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Yep, we said it! It may only be mid-October but the supermarkets are already stocked full with tubs of quality street and Christmas dog treats! So, as crazy as it sounds, it’s probably time to start thinking about the Christmas presents and the Christmas shop, stocking up on cards and deciding who’ll host, sprucing up the house and finding yourself a tree.

If you’re one of the two thirds …

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Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow and hope that someone else will do for you in the mean time? It’s a sound philosophy but every philosophy has its limitations and there are certain things that no one else is ever going to do for you. Fixing all of the problems, irritations and shortcomings in your home is one of them.

Your chance of winning the …

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There once was a couple who lived in a house. The house, when they bought it, wasn’t that much but it was what they could afford, and it was theirs. They felt pride in ownership, and they raised their little family in their little house as harmoniously as ever you can when you have three children… which is to say with tears and tantrums and regularly slammed doors interrupting the laughter and love that pervaded. The house was never meant to be the ‘forever home’ that property search programmes have …

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The Great Conservatory, Syon Park
Moving away from the considerable lifestyle benefits of the domestic structures for a moment, conservatories can be the most remarkable pieces of architecture. Whether bold biomes or elegant arches, conservatories come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re featured all over the world. These are some of our favourite examples of the building that we’ve made our own.

The Great Conservatory, Syon Park.

For many people the great conservatories begin and end with the Crystal …

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Autumn days (does anyone else have the urge to sing that old school hymn when they hear those words?) are near upon us, but rather than lamenting the passing of summer it’s time to embrace the season; jewelled morning grass; sparkling cobwebs; silky chestnut shells; long, thick socks (sexy!); and lazy pub lunches in front of an open fire. Autumn is a time for chunky knits, hot chocolate and walks in welly boots; it’s a time for comfort and catching up with friends, comparing notes on how summer was spent.

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Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment, which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. They can act as an early warning for other wildlife losses. They can show us – beautifully – when things are going well. Every year Butterfly Conservation runs the Big Butterfly Count in July and August, it’s designed to be a barometer on the state of Britain’s wildlife, as well as some of our most-loved insects.

The problem is that …

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Now, before we begin here, you must just understand that when we planned this article we were under the foolish misapprehension that summer might actually be sunny. Flaming June wasn’t supposed to turn into ‘flaming wet July’, and back in March all of the newspapers were running near-hysterical headlines about the predicted hottest summer on record, so when we drew up our article planner this one seemed like a fairly safe bet.

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Things are slowly warming up, but we’ve hardly had the sizzling start to summer that we’d all been led to expect, and the turbulent weather means that outdoor plans have been a little tricky. What better time to make the most of your Apropos conservatory?

Conservatories can be used for all manner of things, so if yours is gathering dust, it’s time to blow away the cobwebs and put it …

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Chocolate
If you’re anything like us, you’d have read with horror, earlier this year, the news that the world’s chocolate supply was under threat. Not only are we eating more of the stuff than ever before (we’re talking in generalities here, not just the Apropos office!), but new strains of disease have been attacking the trees of the primary cocoa-producing countries, and if these diseases can’t be stopped, there’s a very real risk that chocolate could become a thing of the past.

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The cost of living is, apparently, on its way down, but for most of us it doesn’t really feel like it. Gas and electricity bills more or less remain the same; water rates are all unchanging. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a way to not just cut your household outgoings, but to actually use your home to make a profit? The icing on the economic cake would be if you could do it greenly.

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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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It’s funny to think that there was a time – and not that many years ago – when the kitchen was a place of little appeal.

If you were anyone who was anyone you wouldn’t have dreamed of setting foot in the realm of the workers; food was served to you in your dining room, and you gave little thought to its provenance, especially if you were of the gentlemanly persuasion. Visitors were kept very much away from the preparation of food, and the only parties held in kitchens were …

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Current conditions notwithstanding, we’ve had some beautifully clear skies lately, and with the spring unfurling around us we should be due an awful lot more, making this the perfect time for a spot of star gazing.

For the serious amateur astronomer star gazing involves huddling on a hill top with a thermos flask and telescope. At Apropos we prefer to do things the comfortable way, and having the …

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Tie a napkin round your neck cherie, and we’ll provide the rest…
Ah, you can’t beat a bit of a Disney singalong! And with Mother’s Day this Sunday it’s time to treat your mum like a Disney Princess. No; we don’t mean that you should lock her in scary tower with nothing but a hairy Beast …

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The British public are often accused of being obsessed by the weather. The problem is that because of our geographic location we’re subject to uniquely changeable conditions, so try as we might, predicting the British weather is something of a thankless task.

In winter most of us retreat indoors, knowing the weather will be awful regardless of the form it takes. But, when spring and summer roll around and we …

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It may still be chilly, and there’s a certainly chance of snow still to come, but there is a definite whiff of spring in the air and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to start gardening! Yippee!

Although there’s nothing like a bit of digging and clearing to warm the muscles, for many it’s may be a little soon to be out turning over the soil, but that doesn’t mean that your gardening adventure needs to be delayed – the end of February and beginning of March …

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Winter is often a time for introspection, which would probably account for the fact that there are two ‘Blue Mondays’ in January alone. Cold weather and dark days leave plenty of time for solipsism, and we’re often not pleased with the results. Here at Apropos, we take a different approach; John Boswell sums it up nicely:
Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.

In an idle hour this week, we’ve been discussing our favourite Apropos reflections, …

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“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
― Voltaire

Reading can feel like a bit of an indulgence these days; life is so busy and there’s so much to do; balancing work and family takes up every minute. There are some things it’s worth making time for though, and in our view, reading is one of them.

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Hoorah! It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! Well of course it is…
So, here’s a question from everyone at Apropos: what are you going to do to appreciate the squirrels in your life?

Unless they happen to be small and red, squirrels often get a hard time of it in the UK. Although they are an invasive species, they didn’t actually choose to be; grey squirrels are here because of …

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At Apropos we’re often asked advice about how to make sure a renovation project runs smoothly. Much of the advice varies according to client’s needs, but there’s one thing we always, always say: keep the neighbours on side. Talking to your neighbours, keeping them informed, and making sure that everything stays friendly is the easiest way to secure a happy future.

Sadly, that advice isn’t always followed, and although all Apropos clients are sensible and lovely, we’ve been reading about a few people who have fallen foul of the nightmare …

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January seems far too soon to be talking about the big spring clean, but with Christmas just gone most of us have had an influx of new things, and we’re left with the question ‘what can we do with all of our new stuff?’

It’s not that you don’t want it; it’s just that there’s nowhere to put it. Until this point, it’s been piled on the dining table, sitting in bags, or lurking in the conservatory, but January 14th 2015 is National Organise Your Home Day, so now seems …

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What an evocative phrase that is: home for Christmas. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never had a conventional Christmas in your life, ‘home for Christmas’ can’t help but conjure up scenes of smiling faces, roaring fires, roasting chestnuts and snow-decked rooftops. We won’t, apparently, be getting Christmas snow this year in the UK, but as nice as it is to snuggle in your  Apropos conservatory and watch white flakes drift past the glass, it’ll take more than that to dampen down the Christmas spirit.

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4th

Dec

How to create a winter-wonderland in your conservatory…

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Sleigh bells riiiiiiing, Are you listening, In the laaaaaaane, Snow is glistening, A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight, Walking in a winter wonderland…

Sadly, the British weather rarely plays ball when it comes to Christmas; we get snow, but not when we want it, so if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in a perfect winter wonderland, it’s probably a good idea to make your own. Being just a smidge biased, at Apropos we think that there’s no …

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13th

Nov

How To Create The Perfect Conversation Sanctuary.

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It’s not uncommon for a new Apropos glazed extension to become a talking point. Friends and family comment on the difference it makes to the home; how much light shines through; how much more spacious the property seems; how good it feels to spend time there. Neighbours lean over fences or twitch curtains surreptitiously, wondering how much it cost; who designed it; and whether they could afford to do something similar. Either way, we’re used to setting tongues wagging.

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10th

Nov

Connect this Christmas with Gigaset…

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Competition alert! Read on to find out how you can bag yourself one of four exceptional Gigaset handsets…just in time for Christmas!

The future of the home phone has seemed uncertain, possibly even non-existent, for some time now. Thanks to the rapid growth in popularity of mobile devices, instant messaging platforms and video chat software, it’s hard to see where the humble home phone may find its modern niche; within a communications market it once dominated.

Or so you may have thought, that is, …

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28th

Oct

Autumn Watch.

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Chris Packham and the BBC have done wonders for the nation’s collective knowledge of the wildlife Britain has to offer. Every spring and autumn, they fill our screens with outstanding footage of animals in their natural habitats; birds; mammals; amphibians; invertebrates; the lot! But while autumn is a good time to see grey seals and porpoise off the Pembroke coast, or rutting red deer in Scotland, we tend to forget just how much fauna can be seen from the comfort of our own backyard

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9th

Oct

Bring the outdoors in: Our guide to bringing your garden in for autumn & winter.

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We’ve had an unexpectedly good start to autumn this year; September was glorious, but if the weather forecasters are to be believed, October is likely to be a whole lot more seasonally appropriate. While wind and rain are all part and parcel of the gardening calendar, not all of us are happy to embrace them, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put your green fingers in a box of straw to hibernate for the winter!

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16th

Sep

10 Things All Conservatory Owners Can Relate To.

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Conservatories are at the heart of Apropos; we love them and think that there are few better ways to enhance a house, but we also know that they have a few… quirks that only those who own them will understand. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see the funny side too!

Fly Evacuation Protocol. Swatting. Newspaper wafting. Waving your hands in the air. Shouting. Forming a corral to slowly …

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15th

Aug

In The Frame – Fun Facts You Never Knew About Aluminium.

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If you’re already an Apropos customer, or toying with the idea of becoming one, you’ll probably already know that we employ aluminium frames in all of our structures, from the tallest atrium to the smallest skylight. It’s super strong, it’s eco-friendly, it can be recycled endlessly and it’s incredibly malleable, making it uniquely useful in the glass architecture field.
So, that’s what you already know. Here are some fun facts that might not be …

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As the nights grow darker what better place to reunite your family than an Apropos Home Hub?
It can be a deeply emotional experience, fraught with angst, bitterness and blame, where soul-searching can lead to unexpected discoveries and, hopefully, an ultimate reconciliation; that moment when you happen upon your teenage son in the kitchen after three days of absence.

One of the great things about Britain is the huge variety of architecture on show. We have a wonderful, long history and it is exhibited in all of our domestic buildings; Victorian terraces; Georgian piles; 20th century town houses; Tudorbethan interpretations; characterful country cottages; haphazard farmhouses; über-modern eco-homes; while …

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We can't all have the luxury of a swimming pool in our home; but we can bring the beach back with us!
Oh deary dear, with mid-August fast approaching, we’re at that time in the summer holidays when gloom is beginning to set in. The excitement of being away from school is waning; many of us have already returned from our summer getaway; the weather has started to turn against us; and there is a smell of malcontent and mutiny in the air.

Hold tight me hearties! It’s not quite time to batten down the hatches, brace the mainstays or prepare to walk the plank; with a little planning you can steer …

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Nothing typifies the Great British summer time more than a good flower show, and they don’t come much better than this year’s RHS Tatton Park. Set in the grounds of one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful estates, the show is a spectacular meld of our favourite pursuits; inspirational design, skilled plantsmanship, first-class food and honest-to-goodness shopping!

With gorgeous floral displays, gardens from some of …

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Michael Barnes: Leader of The Conservatory Party.
Friends. We all have hopes and fears for the future and for the lives our children will lead. We, at the Conservatory Party, want to build a Britain where everyone feels that they could own a conservatory to be proud of.

Small mid-terrace houses, mansions, or cottages by the sea; wherever you live and whatever your income, we believe in providing bespoke conservatories for the hard working people of Great Britain.

Our long-term economic plan is building a stronger and more secure conservatory that will help to boost the local …

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They’re simple things, windows. Every house has half a dozen and we’ve been making them for thousands of years, so here at Apropos we thought it only fair that we share some of our knowledge with a handy how-to. Here’s our recipe for making windows.

Firstly, prepare your glass.

You will need the following:

Ingredients:

Silica sand Sodium carbonate Calcium oxide (or magnesium or aluminium oxide for added …

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We’ve all heard of the urban fox; that much maligned creature of the night known for raiding bins not properly stored, leaving deposits in awkward places and ridding the cityscape of rats. They divide opinions while making creative use of abandoned corners and unloved land; kings of the concrete jungle. Seen as insidious by some and adorable by others, the urban fox may soon need your help as they do battle against new-comers set on taking over their natural habitat. We are, of course, talking of the inner city conservatory.

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Christmastree

Ah, Christmas. Here we are again; that fun time of year where the family comes together to eat, drink and be merry, exchanging gifts, playing games and generally being sociable.

Well, that’s the plan anyway, until you suddenly find that your house is unaccountably too small; you can’t fit everyone in the same space; adults gather in diminishing clusters; children depart to their various bedrooms; whoever is cooking is left alone …

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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 swimming pool is perhaps the most aspirational of home accessories. It speaks not only of physical fitness, but of fun, relaxation and, if the weather obliges, decadence. But that’s the snag; the Great British weather. When the sun is shining we have best climate in the world, when it’s not, well, you probably won’t want to be pool-side which is exactly where an Apropos Pool House can come into play.

While an outdoor pool can often be something of an albatross, sitting unused for 50 weeks of the year, …

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But here at Apropos we like to do things a little differently.

Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens, The Louvre- here at Apropos all these and more spring to mind when thinking about beautiful orangeries, but there is now so much more to these historic pieces of architecture than exotic fruit.

The first European orangery was built in Padua in 1545; two hundred years later they were to become the home accessory à la mode in the UK. The original function of the orangery was exactly as the name implies; sheltering citrus fruits in a land where they had never previously thrived and giving …

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The human being is a light-loving creature. Natural daylight keeps us mentally healthy and physically well, and yet we choose to live in little brick boxes… Where’s the sense in that?

At Apropos we feel that a bright and airy home is the key to happiness, but while moving is one of the top three causes of stress in modern life, home improvement can bring some of the greatest satisfaction. …

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But here at Apropos we like to do things a little differently.

Keeping up with the Joneses has almost become a national sport for us Brits recently, but honestly, who wants to just keep up, when with an Apropos glass and aluminium structure you can go one better?

Even in this time of economic strife us Brits are not averse to a bit of neighbourly one-upmanship and in a recent survey conducted by Anglian Home Improvements, 31% of British homeowners admitted to doing up their dwelling just to have the best house on the street, while 16.5% confessed to copycat renovations. That …

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Apropos Orangery with Folding Sliding Doors
Christmas is almost here, and, as always, celebrations will be concentrated in dining rooms everywhere.

Apropos Orangery with Folding Sliding Doors

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

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