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

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

Bring the outdoors inside

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

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It has been reported that X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, and his TV producer-director fiancée Dee Koppang, recently had bi-folding doors fitted in the kitchen of their gorgeous, end-of-terrace, Victorian house in North London.

“Fitting bi-folding doors in the kitchen was the best decision we ever made,” Dee told Living etc. “In the summer, the space is almost like our downstairs living …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glory in the spectacle, or begrudge the …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skylights brighten up any room, allowing natural …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27th

Jul

Conservatory Season Is Here!

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

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23rd

Jun

The Increasing Popularity Of The Garden Office

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

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

Leading …

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18th

Jun

Super Slim Folding Sliding Doors

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

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

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

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12th

May

The Garden Room vs The Conservatory

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

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4th

May

Apropos Outdoor Living

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

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

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17th

Apr

Four Ways To Brighter Living Rooms

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

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

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Whilst conservatories …

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6th

Apr

Conservatory Extensions Add Value To Homes

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

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

Whilst there are a wide variety of styles, it …

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29th

Mar

Food For Thought: Glazed Dining Extensions

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

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

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14th

Mar

A Bespoke Conservatory Gives A Home A Heartbeat

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

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

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10th

Mar

Give Your Home That Extra Touch – Add A Glass Veranda

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

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

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24th

Feb

Best of Houzz: Award Winning Designs by Apropos

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

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

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11th

Feb

Lean-to Conservatories, the Perfect Space-Saving Solution

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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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6th

Feb

Maximising Space in Your Home with a Bespoke Conservatory

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

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

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21st

Jan

Transforming Your Home & Garden: A Guide to Bespoke Conservatories

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

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

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13th

Jan

Saving Space In Your Home

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

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16th

Dec

Conservatories: Not Just For Summer!

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It’s a sad time of year for conservatories when the summer sun begins to fade. Conservatories, much like your garden plants and flowers will thrive in the suns rays; becoming brilliant spaces to spend the morning; sipping coffee and putting the world to rights with a copy of your favourite newspaper, or watching the children play, just beyond your sanctuary, as you relax under glazed skies.

Conservatories in summer are places to while away an afternoon listening to the gentle buzzing of insects that can’t get in and the chatter …

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26th

Nov

What Is A Conservatory Extension?

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At Apropos, we specialise in bespoke glass and aluminium structures, but over the years, we’ve come to realise that this doesn’t mean much to your average Mr & Mrs from Oxfordshire. Unless discussing our products with architects and industry insiders, it’s often easier to fall back on descriptors such as conservatories, orangeries and extensions – but, ultimately, these aren’t what we design, build and install for families throughout Britain.

What we are really installing, is exactly what we say …

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23rd

Nov

How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?

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It’s hard to put a price on perfection, and it’s even more difficult to put a price on bespoke. There are many benefits to a bespoke conservatory; it will be designed for your needs exactly, in sympathy with any quirks your host property may present, and once installed will be entirely one of a kind – adding both value and space to your home, but a quick quotation isn’t one of them.

We’re often asked to price up based on size – but even then it’s very difficult to do …

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18th

Nov

Winter Warmers

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As the nights draw in around us and the days become shorter it’s always nice to know there’s a cosy spot waiting at home when the day is done. If you were to ask us here at Apropos, we’d tell you that there’s no better place to head home to than the comfort of a bespoke Apropos conservatory, orangery or extension – but, then again, of course we would!

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31st

Oct

Top Ways To Save When You Extend

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In the past few years the UK has seen a major trend towards improving your current home, rather than moving on to an entirely new property. This is partly because of the rise in home improvement options on the market and the improved quality of insulation and other thermal efficiency in general. But it also has to be said, that this behavioral change has occurred thanks to the current hike in UK property prices.

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17th

Oct

Simply Stylish Lean-to Conservatories

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The original apropos structure, one of the forerunners to human construction, and perfectly versatile for all sorts of homes across the country the lean-to conservatory is a bit of a cult favourite here at Apropos.

Lean-to conservatories have been a part of our heritage since we first flew the Hartley Botanic nest and set up in a forest, or factory, all our own. Stylish staples these structures have always been a popular choice for home extensions and remain …

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10th

Oct

How to Make a Space Your Own!

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Whether you’re building, buying or extending a property one of the key things, when all is said and done, is making the space feel like home.
Making any space feel like home is all about claiming it – we’re primeval in that way. Instead of weeing on the walls to mark our territory though, us highly evolved humans do so with throw pillows and scatter cushions, clean lines or cluttered cabinets and depending on the extent of our renovations, architectural choices and styles.

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2nd

Oct

How to extend your growing season

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For many home gardeners, the growing season begins in spring and by the end of August, it’s all over, bar the composting. For the canny gardener however, there’s so much more to be gained, and green thumbs need never resort to twiddling. If you start planning now, 2016 could be a bumper year.

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Start with your soil – To prevent winter soil erosion, protect …

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19th

Sep

Home Security Tips & Tricks

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The summer holiday season has just passed, which means many of us will have been busy planning, packing and digging out our passports… While others were equally busy polishing up their crowbars, washing their balaclavas and buying a fresh supply of fitted leather gloves, because while the homeowner is away the burglars will play, often with devastating consequences.

But wait; we’re not here to alarm you (although fitting …

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11th

Sep

Windows & Doors – what are your options?

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Do you remember the days when the biggest decision you had to make when it came to selecting doors for your home was whether you preferred glass or timber?

In the last few years things have come on apace, and although this means that selecting how to fill the apertures of your home is no longer a no-brainer – with windows and doors, duh! But what types of …

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4th

Sep

Apples & Orangeries

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Brick walls, folding doors and roof lantern; an orangery is an orangery is an orangery, is it not?
No, not.
Definitely not.

Perhaps you’ll think this salesman’s whatnot, but there’s really no what in our considerable not. Apropos contemporary orangeries are as alike our competitor’s as the fruit that gave them their name are like the Great British apple… Which is to say, not at all!

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22nd

Jul

Cooling Your Conservatory.

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Despite the fact that modern technological advances have changed things so dramatically, if there’s one thing that conservatories are known for, it’s extreme temperature fluctuation. Modern conservatories – at least those that are designed and constructed well, such as those made by Apropos – are actually incredibly temperate rooms, but if, in your youth, you’ve been scarred by the equivalent of a glazed oven and freezer combo, you’re likely rather sceptical of the whole comfortable conservatory concept.

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3rd

Jul

10 Ways to Save When You Extend

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Extending your home is always going to be an expensive business, but there’s no reason to spend money when you don’t have to. Here’s how to cut costs without cutting corners or making uncomfortable compromises.

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Plan – A well-planned project will always be more cost-effective than one carried out on the hoof. Good Design – Working with an architect or …

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25th

Jun

How to use your Apropos Glass Veranda

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Verandas are slightly funny things. Although they’re very much a part of the American lifestyle, we’ve been a little slow to embrace them in the UK. We might have a porch, or we might have a conservatory, but slap bang between the two, verandas seem to puzzle us. It’s a shame, because the veranda is an immensely functional structure, which brings an element of flexibility to the home.

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22nd

Jun

How to Make Your Garden Part of the Home.

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Outdoor living has really gained legs in the last few years, with shows like RHS Chelsea and lifestyle television programmes, showing us just how much more we can make of our gardens. No longer content with growing roses and the occasional pot of tomatoes, more and more of us are wanting to incorporate outdoor kitchens, fire pits, entertaining areas and even play rooms for the kids into our gardens, making the garden into an additional room; an extension of the home.

For many people, making the garden a …

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17th

Jun

The Benefits of Installing a Skylight.

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Have you ever considered installing a skylight? When it comes to home improvements, the skylight is among the easiest and most affordable options for bringing extra light into the home, and yet they they’re still often overlooked.

With that being the case, we thought that this week we’d make an argument in justification of the skylight; extolling its virtues in the hope that the general homeowner might start to see the light about these windows on the sky.

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13th

Jun

Top Lighting Tricks for Your Conservatory

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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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10th

Jun

Maintaining Your Privacy in Glass Rooms

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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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6th

Jun

How to Keep Your Conservatory Secure

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There is a widely held misconception that a conservatory (or other glazed extension) will never be as secure as the rest of a home. Perhaps that might once have been the case, but if you’re planning on constructing a conservatory today, there are numerous ways to make certain sure that it’s absolutely safe as houses.

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‘Always look how people open doors, it tells you a lot about their character…’ – Aleister Crowley

Now, there aren’t honestly very many lessons that we’d take from eccentric occultists, here at Apropos, but we thought that the above quote from Aleister Crowley was a particularly astute observation. Doors, and the way we use them, can actually be a surprisingly good indication of many things; mood and character, not the least among them. If you ostentatiously barge through both wings of a double door you’re usually seeking attention; if you …

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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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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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It might have just been National Gardening Week, but not all growing needs to be done in the garden. At Apropos we’re big fans of house plants – after all, there’s no more perfect place to grow them than in a conservatory or orangery – but we understand that although there’s often the will, there’s not always the way. We all lead busy lives and remembering a little thing like watering a plant on a regular – but not too regular – basis can often fall by-the-by, leaving you …

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‘Start something beautiful’ is the slogan for National Gardening Week, and we can’t think of a better way to describe the experience of gardening. Whether nurturing a plant from seed to plate, or fostering prize-winning blooms, watching your garden grow can be a joyous and beautiful pastime, which brings benefits to more than just you.

At Apropos we’re big fans of all things green; we love our lawns; we adore fresh fruit and veggies; and little makes …

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16th

Apr

Grow Organic!

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Having a productive kitchen garden is many people’s dream. In fact, improved garden access is often an important incentive for Apropos customers; with Aprofold doors next to the kitchen sink, gathering produce for the table becomes an easier affair. But, once you’ve got your lovely new kitchen extension you still have work to do: it’s time to make your garden.

 ‘Organic’ used to be a by-word for …

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City living comes with all sorts of benefits and attractions, but outdoor space generally isn’t one of them. Gardens tend to be small and treasured, meaning that your options are limited if you want to extend your property. All is not lost however; awkward problems call for inventive solutions, so if you’re craving extra space to breathe and grow, you might want to consider an Apropos balcony.

Fashioned entirely from aluminium and glass, an Apropos balcony can provide …

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Spring is a joyous time for gardeners, as we watch the frozen earth return to life. Shoots from bulbs peek through the soil and blossom buds begin to form on trees, the potential in the air is almost palpable. It can also be a frustrating time though, for those of us who want our flowers and want them NOW! If you have an Apropos conservatory there are a number of plants you can grow now to get an early floral fix.

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We’re very environmentally aware here at Apropos. The three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – feature largely in our ethos, and it’s one of the reasons we like to construct our glass architecture with aluminium frames; yes, it’s strong, malleable and durable, but it’s also eminently recyclable, so when many years hence your Apropos doors, windows or conservatory are no long needed, the frames can go on to find a new life elsewhere.

What does worry us though, is what happens to all of those doors and windows that Apropos …

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So another season comes with another set of styles, and it’s time for fashion followers to break out the paintbrushes and give their home a once-over. In case you’re feeling stuck for ideas, we thought we’d put together a quick Apropos guide to the hot new interiors trends for spring 2015.

Make Mine a Marsala – There’s a touch of exoticism in the marsala shade; a rich, earthy red which …

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Smaller rooms in smaller homes are one of the challenges of modern living. There’s only a finite amount of space in the UK, so with a growing population, we need to maximise the potential of every square inch. It’s easy to take a bright and breezy approach to the problem, but white walls and painted ceilings can only go so far to relieve the claustrophobia and limited storage that small rooms bring.

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Is there anything more pleasurable on a cold winter’s day than sitting in a patch of sunshine smiling in through a south-facing window? It might not be particularly warm, but the brightness of those beautiful bathing beams stimulate the senses, summoning a sensation of serenity and optimism. It may only be February, but spring is definitely near at hand, and it’s for that feeling of hopefulness that we really love orangeries at this time of year.

The orangery …

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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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Cooking is a hugely sensory experience; we see the bubbling water; feel the brush of steam against our skin,  inhale the smells of the ingredients and savour the tastes of the finished meal, using every one of our senses to get things right.

Cooking is of course the prime function of the kitchen, but for many of us it is also the heart of our home. As such, at Apropos …

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Feb

Opening Up…

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What’s in a door? Would a door by any other name open as sweetly? While largely rectilinear, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made from a variety of materials, but the purpose of a door remains much the same: I open and close, therefore I am.
So why, at Apropos, do we need to offer three different types of door, when they’re all made out of glass? If you have a moment we’ll tell you!

Different doors suit different situations and choosing the right glazed …

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Is there anything more pleasurable on a cold winter’s day than sitting in a patch of sunshine smiling in through a south-facing window? It might not be particularly warm, but the brightness of those beautiful bathing beams stimulate the senses, summoning a sensation of serenity and optimism. It may only be February, but spring is definitely near at hand, and it’s for that feeling of hopefulness that we really love orangeries at this time of year.

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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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With more and more people extending their homes to maximise space potential, roof lights have become an increasingly important part of modern architecture, delivering an attractive, practical and financially viable natural light source.

Apex Roof Light by Apropos Conservatories

Available in various forms – flat, peaked, lantern – skylights can transform a dull, stuffy room into a bright and airy space, without taking up room on …

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Well, that’s Christmas done with for another year… Is it too early to start talking about the big spring clean?

Although few of us will be out searching for a fresh new feather duster just yet, gardeners know better than most that preparation is key to success, so when it comes to a new growing year, it pays to get a head start. With two full months of winter to go and the prospect of it being a bitter one – have you noticed how many berries there have been …

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There are certain clichés about glazed extensions that we’re probably all aware of, but one in particular stands right out as an understandable deterrent: conservatories are cold.

The problem is that the statement is grounded in truth; until relatively recently conservatories, orangeries, atria, and every other form of glazed structure you can think of, would have been a wee bit ‘brass monkeys’ in the winter… nicely balanced by lobster pot hot in the summer. Well, thank goodness for technology, is all that we can say! You see, things have changed …

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Building a home extension of any kind can be an exciting and engaging process; you plan; you commission; you prepare; you build; then you… Umm… Well, actually a surprising number of people don’t know what to do next.

If your build has been for a specific purpose, say an Apropos glazed kitchen extension, then you’re on firm ground; you know what the space is for; what you want to do …

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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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Anyone who has ever lived in a house with glazed windows – and we’re reasonably confident in assuming that you’re among the number, if you’re reading this article now – will know that for all of the benefits that glazing brings, it also brings one annoying little problem: condensation.

Condensation is caused when the warm moisture in the air forms water vapour and comes into contact with …

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Earlier this week we were talking about organisation, and how an Apropos conservatory could help provide the extra space you need. Although a conservatory can resolve some of your space issues, it does throw up one sadly common scenario: Conservatory as dumping ground.

Almost every home has a dumping ground, be it a small spare room, or a chair so piled with clothes that you’d never guess furniture lay beneath, but the likelihood is that if …

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Although at Apropos we’ve worked hard to dispel the popular image of the conservatory as being little more than a place to overwinter tender garden plants, in favour of a fully functional addition to the home, we have to admit that the two uses are not mutually exclusive. With high natural light levels and even temperature, a well-maintained conservatory can be the perfect spot for all kinds of plants, meaning that even in the winter months you can have a calming green oasis to escape to.

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If there has been one dominant domestic topic in 2014, it has to be saving energy. There is hardly a household in the whole of the kingdom that wouldn’t like to see their energy bills reduced, and there’s a very good many searching to do their bit for the environment. So why should it stop for the festive season? The answer is that it shouldn’t!

It might be too late …

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The problem with the house is a problem of the epoch. The equilibrium of society today depends upon it. Architecture has for its first duty… that of bringing about a revision of values, a revision of the constituent elements of the house.
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When Jeanneret wrote the above words he had in mind the creation of ‘the mass production spirit.’ He was writing in the inter-war period when optimism was high, mass-production technology was revolutionary, and speed and efficiency were gaining popularity over craftsmanship and …

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‘Oh no, my house is too big! I’ve just got too much space!’ is not, admittedly, a common lament. However, many a home, even many a small home, boasts a big room. While an excess of space would usually be considered a good thing, working out how to make the most of the square footage, while creating a homely feel, can cause difficulties.

Fiona and her family have been …

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What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year? Lovely presents? A lottery win? A happy fuss-free day without any culinary disasters? A recent survey by Duette®, a leading energy-saving blinds company, has revealed that what more than 40 per cent of adults are really wishing for is lower heating bills… Possibly not the easiest thing for Santa to wrap up and leave under the Christmas tree!

In …

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It’s taken a little while to get here, but there’s little denying that winter is on the way. We’ve had a couple of frosty mornings and there have even been rumours of snow, so it’s time to rug up and prepare for the cold months to come.

Apropos’ Top 10 Ways to Winter-proof Your Home. 

Mind the gaps – Put an end to winter draughts by sealing up gaps in your walls, floors and foundations. In a typical …

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Isn’t it funny how we acquire so much stuff? You start off in your first little flat after leaving home or university, marvelling at all the space. Your flat-pack furniture doesn’t touch the sides, even though you’ve only got three rooms, including the bathroom. Slowly you acquire another bookcase, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, and the space begins to feel more homely.

After a couple of …

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If you’ve happened to be watching Channel 4 on Wednesday nights for the last six weeks, the chances are that you would have watched Grand Designs. The show has been on our screens for 15 years, showcasing some of the best – and occasionally the worst – of British architecture in action. Whether it’s been done poorly or well, there is one thing that the programme has made clear; glass is becoming an ever more important aspect of the modern home.

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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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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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Once upon a time, dining in your kitchen was considered a little… common. It was something done by the – ahem – lower classes, and no ‘civilised’ person would ever consider it. Why have meals hot on the plate, when you could have a servant walk four miles from the kitchen and serve you something delightfully tepid? Even Queen Victoria rethought the layout of her residences as she was sick of eating cold, congealed foods.

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So much for a gentle decline into autumn – October has come in with storming fury; a timely reminder that winter is near at hand.

A season of mixed blessings, winter is probably the time of year that needs the most preparation: the weather is miserable, and yet there are many events to plan for; the happiness of spending time with loved ones is tempered by the problems of having to accommodate them; money is finite, yet the demands for it are infinite. October is a good time to make …

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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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Dead space. Most of us will have some in our homes. We complain that we don’t have enough room to do what we want, to spread out and enjoy our separate occupations, all the while ignoring the elephant outside the room. Dead space.

Dead space comes in many guises; the pointless side passage that no one ever uses; the ramshackle porch which is more of a hindrance …

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It could be argued that if there’s one problem with conservatories, it’s that they show their age. It’s not so much that they suffer from wear and tear and lose their structural integrity (although poorly made uPCV structures often do), more that we, as homeowners, don’t really know what to do with them, so the swish new conservatory can soon become a form of domestic time-capsule.

The trick …

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In the nineties and noughties there was a real trend for open plan living, so much so that it seemed that every fourth or fifth homeowner was getting busy with a sledgehammer. Recently, however, there has been a move away from all-out openness; this isn’t because the prospect of a bright and airy, interconnected home has suddenly become less appealing, but rather because of the practicalities of modern life: try taking an important phone call when the television is blaring CBeebies, the washing machine is on a spin cycle and …

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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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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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Simple and stylish or elaborately ornate, glass verandas and glazed canopies can make an attractive and versatile addition to any home. Once considered little more than domestic dressing, the glazed veranda has really come into its own in recent years, taking on a variety of roles and styles to suit the requirements of the homeowner.

So, what could an Apropos glass canopy do for you?

Room to Breathe – Like …

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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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After all the years of an ailing housing market, we’re once more hearing reports of new buyers being priced out of the market entirely. A recent survey revealed that rural workers would need a minimum of a 150% pay increase to be able to afford to buy a home in the area in which they grew up, and even in towns and cities many people are struggling to find the funds to purchase a home. So what’s the solution? Possibly, it’s lowering our expectations.

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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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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Just over 75 years ago Apropos founder, Vincent Hartley, patented the world’s first aluminium-framed glass building. It was a greenhouse. Although the company went on to develop and diversify, we’ve had three quarters of a century to get to know every part of our trade, and that includes both learning the basics and staying close to our roots. As such, we’ve picked up a handy hint or two about greenhouse maintenance. With high summer here and seedlings being hardened off, unless you’re growing tender fruits your greenhouse shelves will be …

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Oh, we do love summer, and despite the unpromising start, this one is turning into a corker! It was summers like this that used to give conservatories – in fact, all glass constructions – a bad name, but with the fabulous technological advances of recent years, there is nothing better than a beautiful glass extension for making the best of the British sunlight.

While we all know that too much of that big yellow shiny ball …

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Glass extensions have always held appeal for home-owners, bringing a new dimension to a property. The problem is that once you’ve got your conservatory or orangery, it can be difficult to find a way to make it your own. So, how can you stop your glass box from looking like every other?

Starting from Scratch

If you are planning to build a glazed extension, the simplest way to instil personality …

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We’ve had a glorious start to summer and it’s really only just begun – with July and August glittering enticingly on the horizon. With that in mind, this week we thought we’d take a look at some of the ways that Apropos can help you to get the best from your summer.

Making your home summer-ready is a relatively easy process and something that we’ve looked at in some detail before; more and bigger windows help;

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Despite the unfortunate week of wetness, which is good for the garden if not the commuters, temperatures have been steadily rising and there’s no denying that summer is well and truly on its way.

While most of us talk of a big spring clean, in reality, it’s the summer months that see most Brits dealing with all the annual household chores. From Easter onwards we contemplate DIY and embark on …

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After the doom and gloom of the recession and the property market crash over the last few years, many people are choosing to improve their own homes rather than move out. If you still love your home but feel you need a bit more room, then moving isn’t the only option.

Orangery Extension by Apropos Conservatories

An additional room can make the world of difference to the …

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Many of us have rather fixed ideas, when it comes to conservatories. If we don’t have a conservatory of our own, our thoughts will turn to the ones we encountered in our childhood, should the topic ever arise, and cosy won’t be the first word that comes to mind.

At Apropos, we think it’s about time that we reversed the grave disservice that the 1980s did to all conservatory kind. …

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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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Apr

New Beginnings.

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There has surely never breathed a person who hasn’t been enchanted by spring. It is a season that has found its way into endless religious celebrations since the Zoroastrians of Babylon marked the equinox and worshipped the moon in 2400 BCE. Today, in the UK, we celebrate spring through a combination of Pagan fertility rites and Christian symbolism, the two having inextricably interwoven to produce the holiday that we all know as Easter, and a celebration of new beginnings.

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Despite all the cultural changes of the last century, there is one thing that remains the same; for most of us, the kitchen is still the heart of the home, and if we had money to change one thing about where we live, the vast majority of us would spend it on improving our kitchens.

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The question is though, with below inflation pay raises making …

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According to psychologists, there is an epidemic of sleep disorders’[1] spreading across the western world. It sounds a little melodramatic, and is unlikely to be the subject of the next Hollywood disaster blockbuster, but sleep deprivation is a terrible thing.

There are many reasons why a person may have difficulty sleeping; pain, worry, children, uncomfortable sleep environment, all of which can be difficult to tackle. However, an increasing number of studies have revealed a further factor that significantly impacts upon the amount – and quality – of sleep that …

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21st

Mar

Spring Clean.

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When it’s brand new and squeaky clean any glass structure can look amazing, but when faced with the rigors of everyday life, it doesn’t take long for the sheen to wear off. Sticky fingers, smudgy nose-prints (of cats, dogs and, frequently, children!), dust, grime and general wear and tear soon take their toll, so it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and giving your glass a spring clean.

If …

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There was a time when the number of rooms you had in your house was indicative of status. Today, you could say that it’s a case of the fewer rooms the better; downstairs we’re all about open-plan.

Open plan lean to conservator kitchen extension by Apropos

If inflatable furniture and sponge painting were trademarks of 1990s interior design and a proliferation …

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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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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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Oranges are not the only fruit to enjoy life under glass, although they are, we think, the only plant to have a building named for them. After the last few tempestuous months, no one should really need reminding that the British weather is somewhat unpredictable, but with the first day of Spring (20th March 2014) shining enticingly before us the seeds of hope are beginning to germinate.

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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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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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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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23rd

Jan

January Blues.

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Have you heard of the phrase blue sky thinking? For most of us, it has been consigned to that annoying section of the English language generally referred to as Office Speak. There it is joined by expressions such as think outside the box, paradigm shifting, transitioning and kick into touch; pointless jargon intended to lyrically obfuscate the listener while the speaker pretends that they know what they’re talking about. Just occasionally though, there’s an exception to the rule, and with Pilkington Activ – it’s blue skies all the way.

Selecting …

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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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20th

Nov

Safe as Houses.

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Quiz time!

Q: What connects the moon, your smart phone, sapphires and your Apropos conservatory?

A: Aluminium.

Aluminium is one of the most plentiful metals on the planet (and on the moon, apparently!). It can be recycled more or less limitlessly. It is incredibly strong – four strategically placed six-packs of aluminium cans will support the weight of a 1.8 tonne car. It has a melting point of 660.4°C (1220.7°F), so even the most ferocious of house fires will not bring it down. And with skill, it can be cast …

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Sun is shining, the weather is sweeeeeet, yeahhhhh;
Make you want to move your dancing feet…

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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30th

Oct

Crystal Clear.

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It can be a complicated business, renovating your home. First there’s the design, then you have the technicalities; what materials should we use; how will we insulate; will it be light/dark/private enough; is it secure. Then you move onto the glass; life seemed simple when the question revolved around single, double, or triple glazing and cost was the main concern. Now, there is such a diverse range available that it …

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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 Wildhearts called it a ‘hate the world day;’ that feeling when all you want is to be shut away in your own little cocoon, cosseted from the mundane trials of bills and work and petty annoyance.

At Apropos we call it an Atelier Garden Room day, because when the world gets too much, there’s no better place to be.

Garden rooms are often considered the preserve of the home worker, but if you have the space – and with careful planning you don’t need much – a garden …

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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 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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6th

Sep

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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 What does your door say about you? Open and expansive? Sharp and stylish? Or a little bit shabby and cracked about the edges? If first impressions count, then your door is really a big deal.

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While we all know that aesthetic beauty is only a veneer, at Apropos we think that a perfectly appointed piece of functional architecture is a joy …

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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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Orangery with Aprofold doors

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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A glass room is a great way of linking two external buildings and creating a great channel through which light can travel into all areas of your home.

Like all good parents, at Apropos we love all of our children; from the humblest roof light to the most imposing atrium. We craft them with passion, enthusiasm and care, sending them out into the world with a warm glow of pride in our hearts. However, like many guilty parents, we must admit to occasional favouritism and during in the summer months we will always hold a soft spot for the humble yet iconic conservatory.

Not sure why? Take a peak at our favourite five conservatory projects.

1.     Lean-to Conservatory.

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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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Whereas this period property has been injected with a hint of modernity thanks to the addition of Apropos signature architecture in glass.

So, you’re thinking of having an Apropos glass extension?

Adding light and value to your home, increasing functional space and improving quality of life are all within easy reach; you just need to settle on a design. That, however, can be where the confusion starts, not least when it comes to the conservatory/orangery debate.

So what is it that separates these two glass extensions? Superficially, it would seem that it comes down to brickwork, but the story is slightly more complicated than that.

Both the orangery  and conservatory started …

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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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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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All in all, 2013 has been a bit of a wash-out so far hasn’t it? Snow drifts in April, rain in May and the coldest spring in 50 years; it’s not exactly been weather worth making the most of.

It’s very easy to become inward-looking when the weather is awry, to batten down the hatches, and let the outside world take care of itself. Yet life feels so much …

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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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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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There was once a time when greenhouses were the ultimate status symbol – if you didn’t grow your own peaches in Regency Britain, you were nobody.

In recent years, however, the popularity of the most traditional of glass houses seems to have waned. Having been unfairly relegated to the remit of the Striped Lawn Brigade, you know the ones; all welly boots and whistling at unreasonable hours on Sunday mornings, greenhouses seem to be losing their cool factor.  Perhaps, it’s only natural with so much new competition for our dwindling …

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Huddersfield Kitchen Extension

Here at Apropos we tend to think, bias as we are, that our bespoke glass and aluminium structures bring contemporary style and bright open spaces to any home; not to mention the value they can add to your property. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be some of Apropos’ best kitchen extensions to date: our Favourite Five, if you will. 

1. First in our Favourite Five has to be a stunning project we undertook converting the dark and dreary kitchen of this Huddersfield …

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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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A conservatory provides a room that can be used for all seasons. Whether you wish to create an entertainment room for friends and family in summer or a cosy retreat for winter, a bespoke conservatory will provide you with everything you need to improve your living environment and transform the look of your home.

 

Adding a conservatory to your home will enable you to be provided with extra …

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Garden rooms provide versatile space that you can enjoy not only in summer but also during the cooler months. A bespoke garden room is the perfect solution for those wishing to create extra space whilst adding an attractive feature to the garden. Adding a garden room to your home will enable you to be provided with extra space that you use however you desire, all year round.

Here are some …

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If you wish to add space to your home that can be used all year round, then a conservatory is the perfect solution. A conservatory provides bright, airy space that you can use however you desire.

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Conservatories are ideal not only for practical purposes such as a kitchen or dining room extension but also for aesthetic purposes. A bespoke conservatory can help to transform the overall look of your home, making it …

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A conservatory provides versatile space that can be used all year round. With the right heating and lighting, you can transform your conservatory into the perfect autumn retreat. A well heated conservatory will help to provide the perfect place to relax and unwind during the colder months.

A conservatory offers space that can be used however you desire. If you wish to transform your conservatory from a summer room into …

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lean to conservatory kitchen extension by Apropos

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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The installation of bi-folding doors also means that you won't have to compromise on your outside space.

Over the past few years Folding Sliding doors have become highly fashionable; allowing for the illusion of an uninterrupted flow from home to garden, across the bespoke conservatory market. Innovative as ever Apropos offers many styles of Folding Sliding doors; all fitted with ultra-slim frames, an industry exclusive at just 50mm wide. Many materials can be used in manufacturing Folding Sliding doors however all Apropos Folding Sliding doors are created using powder coated aluminium which is treated by our in house powder coating technology therefore achieving a minimalistic, …

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Folding Sliding Doors by Apropos

Folding sliding doors – also known as bi-folding doors – have become hugely popular, but what exactly are they? Here’s Apropos’ handy guide…

 

Folding sliding doors allow large glazed areas to be opened up on the sides of properties, thereby allowing great views of gardens from within properties. Folding sliding doors tend to be designed and manufactured bespoke, to ensure each set perfectly …

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Bespoke glass extensions that house living rooms are keeping their occupants cosy and warm during the tough winter months.

Their investment in aluminium and glass extensions still pays off during the colder months, thanks to advances in the technology used in the glazing and the aluminium framing that help maintain living rooms as snug living environments.

One of these advances is the use of argon …

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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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Traditional Conservatory Extension by Apropos

Apropos’ aluminium conservatories have impressive green credentials compared to wooden and uPVC alternatives.

Traditional Conservatory Extension by Apropos

Homeowners considering new conservatories base their purchasing decision on financial and emotional considerations; usually involving factors such as value for money and design. Another popular consideration is the environment; and, whilst Apropos’ conservatories have always scored highly for their designs and value for money, their …

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