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Kitchen Extension by Apropos Conservatories
‘No matter where I serve my guests, they always like my kitchen best.’

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

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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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Apropos are proud of our modern designs, for modern living which sit equally well alongside period properties as they do more contemporary homes – as is made apparent by the stunning farmhouse  renovation seen here, which included the construction of a beautifully bespoke lean-to conservatory by Apropos.

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The glass and aluminium lean-to conservatory was erected to the side of the property in order to house a beautiful, new, contemporary kitchen. The aim of the renovation was to bring new life to …

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When it comes to the perfect party accessory, bi-folding doors can give any home the X Factor!

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Ex (and all time favourite for many) X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, and his TV Directing partner Dee Koppang, love thier bi-folding doors – which bring the outdoors into 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 …

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Do you want the perfect kitchen extension? Here’s Apropos’ five top tips for building perfect kitchen extensions:

Kitchen Extension by Apropos Conservatories

1. WHAT PURPOSE WILL THE KITCHEN EXTENSION SERVE?

Kitchen extensions can be more than just a place to cook. Kitchen extensions can also be used as dining rooms, areas for entertaining guests or as additional living rooms. Therefore, kitchen extensions must be planned accordingly. For instance, if kitchen extensions are …

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Another year, another opportunity. Now is the time that most of us will be setting up plans for the year, arranging future projects and putting anything we’ve had on the back burner firmly under the front grill.

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Planning a kitchen extension can be a daunting task – so it’s something well worth getting stuck into whilst you still have your new year motivation fresh in your mind. …

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If your Christmas was anything like ours, many of you will have spent most of it in the kitchen – whether you’re helping, hindering or hiding when it comes to the most wonderful time of year, the kitchen should be haven. The family kitchen at Christmas time, however, rarely lives up to this ideal!

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Some kitchens are too cramped, making cooking the entire Christmas dinner from within it an annual cause …

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Modern glazed kitchen extensions are on everyone’s wish lists at the moment – who wouldn’t want the extra room? Not to mention improved insulation and the flood of natural light that comes with it! But what separates the good kitchen extensions, from the very best? At Apropos, we think it’s all in the design, and, in particular, in your design.

We, like our clients who love them, are extremely proud of each and every one of our bespoke glass structures – but there is just something about a new …

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For years now, kitchen extensions have been the most popular home improvement projects. Renovated bathrooms are nice; en suites can be a pleasing bonus; conservatories are fabulous; and loft conversions handy for all sorts of reasons; and yet, if asked, time and again, the average Brit would opt for a kitchen extension over any other improvement to the house. We’re not overly known for our culinary prowess, although The Great British Bake-Off has gone some way to combat that, so what are the real reasons behind our kitchen cravings?

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There are few home renovations more exciting than the kitchen extension. If you’re used to working in a cramped and dark space lacking in storage and work surfaces, a bright, roomy extension can be a revelation. Your kitchen could change from the purely functional to the very epicentre of your home. It’s not an inexpensive process however, so it pays to spend enough time and money to get things right first time.
So, how do you go about getting the best from your kitchen extension, and what things do you …

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There are probably quite a few of us who have experienced the horrors of living or working under old fashioned glass. We’re the ones who had to ‘play’ blue-lipped in great aunt Ethel’s icebox of a conservatory while the grown-ups ate mince pies by the fire. We’re the ones who worked in retail in the peak of summer, where the two glazed walls slowly cooked us from the inside out. Although we love the look of glass architecture, those earlier experiences have coloured our views and made us mistrustful of …

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The common consensus is that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. While we might compromise on smaller bedrooms or darker bathrooms, or learn to do without a separate dining area, in the kitchen ‘compromise’ is a dirty word. One of the things we’ve learnt over the years at Apropos however, is that just as one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure, so one person’s dream kitchen can be another’s screaming nightmare! This makes finding that all-elusive arcadia of kitchens more than a tad tricky when …

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A few years ago the idea of having an outdoor kitchen in the UK would have seemed preposterous. ‘What about the weather???’ we’d all cry, before snorting derisively and walking away, but then some Australians exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and perceptions began to change. The British weather has in no way improved, but the thing is that – believe it or not – it does actually rain in Australia! In Melbourne it can be as grey and miserable as the Midlands (although, admittedly, not on such a …

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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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Hark; is that the sound of a bandwagon approaching? The rickety structure appears festooned with cobwebs, pumpkins, spiders and silly plastic bats. It’s Halloween, so we’d best jump aboard!

Now, in what possible way could Apropos link to Halloween? Our conservatories are in no way scary, and you don’t even find that many spiders living behind glass – there’s nowhere for them to hide! It’s a bit too …

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

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

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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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Orangery Kitchen Extension by Apropos

Orangery Kitchen Extension by Apropos

Kitchens can be lonely places. They’re often described as the heart of the home, but these days houses are smaller, and while we might still have an idealised image of a warm, glowing room and a family gathered around a table with a nutritious meal laid out upon it, the reality is usually quite different. The modern kitchen can often be a through-zone, …

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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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Kitchen extensions are proving popular amongst homeowners as an option for updating their properties.

Orangery Kitchen Extension by Apropos

With some people looking for an alternative to formal dining rooms, kitchen extensions are housing more than just the kitchen. Modern-day kitchen extensions are used to cook, eat, relax and entertain, acting as home hubs that also incorporate trendy dining rooms and

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