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Whenever and wherever a large building is planned it inevitably provokes controversy, particularly in built-up areas. Unsurprisingly, The Shard was no exception. Many Londoners didn’t want it at all; others thought that the design was unsightly, unappealing and essentially odd.

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The building took almost four years to construct and comes in at 309.6 metres, making it almost twice the height of any other structure in the city, and for a time, the tallest building in Europe. Having been open to …

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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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30th

Dec

Get Up & Grow

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For many people, while a conservatory, orangery, greenhouse or garden room holds much appeal, the thought of losing even an inch of planting space can seem like too great a sacrifice. Whether potatoes or petunias, that patch of garden can become almost sacrosanct, but while an Apropos structure may reduce your garden’s footprint, it’s easy to forget that under glass there’s a whole lot of growing to be had.

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If we’ve learnt …

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During Christmas time, we’d happily hazard a guess that conservatories, orangeries and glass extensions are far from the first thing on your mind. There is Christmas shopping to be done, wine to be mulled, gifts to be wrapped, turkeys to stuff, and not a whole lot of head space left over for anything else.

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With all this going on though, it’s nice to have a space in your home to retreat to and relax …

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At Apropos we’re big proponents of the theory that a healthy home is a happy home. We know that natural light is good for us; we know that it staves off seasonal depression and helps our bodies to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D.

But while a bright, airy building with lots of windows – and maybe an Apropos orangery or conservatory – is a good place to start, there are many more things that we can do to make our homes healthier. Although possibly the simplest …

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Apropos’ structural glass roofs are stylish, cutting-edge and thermally efficient

Apropos offers award-winning, bespoke, roof glazing that meets strict criteria to achieve high insulation and energy efficiency ratings.

Apropos’ stylish roof glazing comes with a super slim aluminium frame, yet offers one of the best thermal efficiency ratings on the market.

Apropos’ excellent glazing standards were recently recognised when the company won the ‘Glasshouse’ category at the International Design & Architecture Awards and ‘Best of Houzz; Design’ two years running; proving that Apropos’ glazing ticks all the boxes when it …

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Game of Thrones might have ended its most recent season, but they got one thing right; winter is most definitely coming. The sun has set on the summer and with autumn now in the air, it’s time we started preparing for the colder bought of weather headed our way.

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Luckily, there’ll be no white walkers to contend with, but even so the British winters can be harsh – on ourselves, …

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The Office of National Statistics released figures showing that the number self-employed people in the UK is at its highest level since records began. With more than 15 per cent of the workforce finding new ways to earn a living, spare bedrooms, garages and under stairs cupboards everywhere have been requisitioned as makeshift offices, store rooms and workshops. When you add in the regularly employed home-worker, the numbers increase to more than 4.2 million people. That’s an awful lot of spare rooms!

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So, last week we wrote a lifestyle piece all about the wonders of the summertime orangery, or any orangery really (they’re a great space for any season) but it appears we may have skipped a step. With many people asking us what an orangery actually is, we thought we’d better explain a little further.

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As you may have seen, we have a large following on Facebook and many people, from skeptics to truth seekers, have been asking …

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A recent report on the BBC revealed that national housing prices have indeed increased! For home-owners, this can only be a good thing; it is currently a seller’s market with supply outstripping demand, but if there’s one thing that the last ten years have taught us it is that you can never rely on a stable market, so it is never a bad time to add value to your property.

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15th

May

No Excuses! (with a Home Gym)

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Oh summer, what conflicted thoughts you bring! We love you for your warmth, brightness and long lazy days, but we also fear you slightly because when you’re here we have to expose our bodies; display our wobbly bits; shelter under voluminous wraps and sarongs, or suffer the heat in inappropriate dress.

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Now is the time of the national crash diet; women everywhere are contemplating celery with gritty …

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7th

May

Go Garden Glamping!

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Glamorous camping. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? While camping is undoubtedly fun in the right conditions, and a fabulous way to bring the family together, most of the time the cramped living space, the grime and the bathroom facilities tend to remove all semblance of glamour, even if you’re staying in a yurt.

Getting out of the house in the school holidays, or the next, much longed for, long weekend, can be fun though and even a trip to the bottom of the garden can have a frisson …

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29th

Apr

Verandas With A Price Promise

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At Apropos we are confident in our ability to offer a high quality product and service, at a price unmatched elsewhere in the UK on like for like products. We believe in honest prices for quality products and services and for that very reason we launched our Price Promise – meaning we will match any genuine like for like quotations.

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Make The Most Of Apropos’ Price Promise

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24th

Apr

People in Glass Houses…Look Fab!

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It used to be said that ‘people who live in glass houses should not throw stones’. However, were they to try exerting themselves today then they may just find that they’d struggle to create any more damage than a scratch to the glazing – thanks to the tough and durable qualities of the glass used in Apropos’ contemporary glass houses.

The glass houses designed and created by Apropos are of the highest quality; and are built to survive the rigours of modern, family life. Adhering to tough British standards and …

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3rd

Mar

Added Security with Bifolding Doors

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There is nothing worse than returning home; expecting to curl up on the sofa with a nice glass of wine or a steaming hot cuppa’, only to be greeted by a door that didn’t do its job and a house which has been ransacked by some strangers grasping hand.

Doors and windows will always be the weakest part of your home, when it comes to security, with most intruders finding their way in, and out – with a bag full of your most prized possessions – via a jimmied door …

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21st

Feb

10 Reasons Not To DIY

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At Apropos we take pride in what we do, so we can understand the lure of home improvement and the satisfaction of seeing a job through to the end. For more than fifty years we’ve worked to fashion the very best in form and function; beautiful bespoke glass buildings that deliver on every level. However, we’ve had decades to accumulate our knowledge and skills.

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When it comes to …

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28th

Jan

The Modern Conservatory: Your Room With A View

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For decades now, ever since the enlightenment got everyone thinking back in the 18th century, the spaces we live, work and relax in have been intrinsically linked to the things we create and the way we live our lives.

The search for a room with a view continues with each generation as we strive to create something new, be someone individual and live a life less travelled by those who went before us. Virginia Woolf posits that in order to truly create one doesn’t just benefit from a room with …

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23rd

Dec

Get Our Winter Guide!

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Earlier in the year we put together the official Apropos Buying Guide; which is still available from the blog and guides you through the process of choosing your glass and aluminium extension, deciding on the right finish and decking out the interiors when you’re done. The Buying Guide was such a success that we decided to create another more seasonal guide to share with you all, ready for the new year.

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28th

Nov

A History of the Lean To Conservatory

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The lean to is probably the earliest structure known to man. Watch any episode of Bear Grylls and you’ll no doubt find him ensconced in a lean to crafted from pine branches and possibly the skin of a dead animal or two. Now, leaving aside the dead animals for a moment, what Bear shows us in each of his survival attempts is how versatile and easy the construction of a lean to can be – but also how vital to human survival these simple structures have been.

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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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17th

Nov

Atelier’s She Shed Revolution!

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We’ve all heard about them, 80% of women want one, and you don’t need to read their minds to know it! The She Shed is the new Man Cave and it’s here to give women everywhere a space to call their own. Entirely, their own! No children’s toys, no household chores, no draws filled with batteries, odd assortments of tools and old leads – and, most importantly, no distractions.

The She Shed is the perfect place for women in business of all kinds to do their thing and …

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28th

Oct

The Autumn Sale

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Here at Apropos we’re genuinely enjoying the change of seasons – it may be colder, and now that the clocks have turned back, it may be darker, but even so the falling leaves and seasonal changes outside are pretty spectacular to watch.

There is no better time than autumn to sit back with a warm drink, or something a little stronger, and admire nature from your conservatory, orangery …

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21st

Oct

Home For Christmas

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

If you’re one of the two thirds …

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15th

Oct

Should We Extend Our Listed Buildings?

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

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

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7th

Oct

The Great British Build Off

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At Apropos we’re proud to be Great British Manufacturers – designing all of our structures using the expertise of our experienced Design Consultants and a little technological help in the form of our CAD drawing system. Our CAD system creates beautifully life like computer illustrations for every bespoke structure we design and these are then made into a reality right here in our Manchester factory.

With ancestry stretching back as far as some of the first ever glass and aluminium buildings, we know exactly what we’re doing, and don’t need …

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30th

Sep

What do successful people who work from home have that unsuccessful ones do not?

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The answer is the ability to separate their home life from their working environment.
 Around 3.7 million people now work from home in the UK; as doing so allows them more flexibility and time with their family. It also eliminates the time spent commuting to and from the office as well as those rising transport costs.


If you too have decided to work from home you …

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29th

Sep

Apropos’ Macmillan Coffee Morning

Last Friday was a great day for the fight against cancer, with thousands of people around the country taking part in Macmillan’s annual coffee morning. Dubbed the world’s biggest coffee morning this years event was bigger and better than any before it and, here at Apropos, we just had to join in.

On a serious note it’s a well known fact that one in three of us will face cancer and even more of us will be affected by it through friends and families experiences. The fight against cancer is an …

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23rd

Sep

Looking Glass: Extensions that reflect you

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It’s commonly held that many dogs resemble their owners. And somewhat surprisingly, psychologists have revealed that far from being just a bit of fun, this is one maxim that actually holds some truth. It’s not through a mere quirk of fate however, that a roundish jowly man might befriend a Boxer, or that an ageing hippie might favour an Afghan with a fetchingly familiar coiffure; as humans we’re drawn to the recognisable; we like what we know and …

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9th

Sep

On A Higher Level

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This year, it seems, glass architecture is on the rise. We don’t mean that it’s growing in popularity – it’s always been popular! – more that it’s reaching new heights. Until relatively recently, if a glazed extension was mentioned, most people would think of a conservatory, but there’s a new trend in town, taking glass architecture to a higher level.

Double-height glass extensions, most commonly atria, are most often found in commercial properties, but you might be surprised how successfully they can work in the home. The Jenkins’ property …

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26th

Aug

Splash Out!

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Have you had a swimming summer, or has the weather rained on your parade?

Swimming pools aren’t a common feature of residential properties here in the UK. It’s not just that many of us simply don’t have the space; it’s also that we don’t have the weather. Even in summer time swimming outdoors can be a chilly affair, and in a year like this one you’ll be lucky to find five or six days where the water looks inviting enough to dip more than a toe. It’s hardly surprising that …

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12th

Aug

Stay Connected.

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If you have a relatively traditional house – a two-bed semi, for example – this article may well not be for you, and you might find more of interest here, in a piece about home extensions. However, with more and more people creating homes from outbuildings and barns, or maximising the potential of the space available to them by converting disused garages into offices, ‘granny flats’ and guest bedrooms, there’s a good chance that this might be of relevance.

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29th

Jul

Wishful Thinking Week: Shoulda’, Woulda’, Coulda…..Can?

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There surely has never been a human being who has not muttered ‘if only…’ at some point in their lives. If only I could win the Lottery. If only I had a bigger house. If only I’d gone on that date. If only I hadn’t eaten that extra piece of cheesecake.

We’ve all done it. In fact, we all do it so often that someone has taken it …

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23rd

Jul

House Extensions Homing in on the UK Property Market

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In recent years we’ve seen some dramatic shifts in the UK property market. When recession hit we saw an almost stock still housing market, prices soared and moving up the ladder – whatever your rung – was near impossible. To start with, this spelled disaster for the property market as well as the much-in-need-of-recovery economy. Then, slowly but surely, your average UK homeowner began to wise up.

By adding a home extension, kitchen extension or loft conversion to your home you could increase the value of …

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16th

Jul

How to Clean Your Roof Light

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It’s not easy being a roof light. You spend your life doing your best to spread a bit of daylight happiness into human’s closed little rooms and in return you get rained on, snowed on, leaves and sap get dropped on you, mildew forms around your unwashed edges, and as for the birds… It makes you blush to think what they do to you… Or it would, if you weren’t made of glass!

It’s probably due to the nature of the product, but very few of us ever think …

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9th

Jul

Apropos Guide to Finding An Architect

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A good proportion of Apropos customers come to us with relatively simple projects in mind – they want a bespoke conservatory, or veranda, or they would like their existing ramshackle conservatory upgraded into a stylish new orangery. These are our bread and butter projects. We love them because they’re at the heart of what we do. The rest of our customers bring projects equally enjoyable, but presenting more of a challenge: an Apropos structure as part of a wider renovation; a full barn conversion; a new build; and that’s when …

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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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26th

Jun

Homes of the Future.

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Hands up everyone who grew up with the hope that by 2015 we’d all have robotic housekeepers?
Now, hands up everyone who watched Channel 4’s Humans last weekend, and now seriously hopes that that never comes to pass!

While the robot’s glassy eyes may be losing their sheen, there are still plenty of ways that advancing technology has shaped the homes of today, and will …

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3rd

Jun

Retire in Style …. With an Apropos Conservatory

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For many people, retirement is the great white hope of the future. It’s that shiny beacon on the horizon that makes the nine to five grind somewhere approaching tolerable. You work and save, and save and work, and then suddenly you’re there. Free time is wonderful… Until you have too much of it! What do you plan to do when you retire?

You could buy that campervan and travel Europe… …

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22nd

May

How Important is the past in modern architecture?

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

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20th

May

How to Clean your Conservatory Roof.

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Hands up who has a conservatory. Now, hands up anyone who’s ever cleaned their conservatory roof… Ok, now hands up anyone who’s really cleaned their conservatory roof? Yes, just as we suspected!

How to clean your conservatory roof:

Tool up – If you’re going to do a job, you might as well do it well, so invest in the right tools for the job; a sturdy ladder …

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18th

May

Make Your Home Work For You!

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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6th

May

How To Maintain Your Conservatory Or Orangery

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There’s no denying that spring has well and truly sprung, so it is, inevitably, time to get out the rubber gloves and make a start on the big spring clean. Maintaining your conservatory or orangery is all part of that.

Now, the good news is that if you’re an Apropos customer, the biggest job has already been done for you; our polyester powder-coated aluminium frames don’t actually need any maintenance. Like everywhere else in the house, they …

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28th

Apr

St Georges Day: Great British Design by Apropos

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

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7th

Apr

New Beginnings: What to expect when you’re expecting an Apropos Conservatory

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Whether literally, metaphorically, physically or theistically, spring is a time of new beginnings. Although we all talk about it on January first, when impractical resolutions are hastily made, it’s at this time of year when real change happens. Perhaps it’s the influence of nature, as new life appears all around, or perhaps it’s just that the longer days give us more time to get things done, but as Easter approaches it’s full speed ahead for DIY, gardening, home improvement, self-improvement, and sparkling shining optimism.

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2nd

Apr

You’ll Always Find us in the Kitchen at Parties.

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

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

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1st

Apr

Take The City With You.

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The great escape from city living to country life is something that many people dream of. You spend years trudging through the daily grind to reach that longed-for goal: a house in the country, with a garden worthy of the name, and the lifestyle you’d always aspired to. The differences between the two ways of life are innumerable; the air quality; the space; the atmosphere; and the architecture being but four of the obviously ringable changes, and it’s this last one that some people struggle with, surprisingly.            

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28th

Mar

Make the Most of the Fading Light with Apropos.

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Hasn’t it been lovely, the last few weeks, with the days getting longer and brighter? Even though there’s still a chill in the air, it’s easier to feel positive about life when you don’t leave for work and come home in the dark. Just as we’re all starting to get used to it though, those people that know best go and decide that the clocks need to change, and we all ‘spring forward’ for another six months. It’s all for the best in the long run, but it doesn’t stop …

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26th

Feb

Planning Made Perfect.

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Planning permission

Noun BRITISH

Formal permission from a local authority for the erection or alteration of buildings or similar development.

1. This planning permission application is such a headache.

2. Your planning permission application has been declined.

3. Argh! The stupid, nit-picking, pedanticism of the council planning permission board!

It’s funny how much stress a simple piece of paper can bring into your life, but there’s nothing like a planning permission application to grind your teeth to stubs. It’s not just the hair-splitting, although there’s plenty enough of that; …

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12th

Feb

Rose Tinted Windows.

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Are you in the mood for lurrrrve? It’s that time of year when we all go a little bit silly, buying flowers, splashing out on chocolates, and dressing up in underwear that would make our parents blush! Here at Apropos we think Valentine’s Day is still a time for romance, and there’s no place like home for curling up with the one you love.

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10th

Feb

Apropos Conservatories’ Winter Reflections.

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

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

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31st

Jan

Groom Your Greenhouse For Spring!

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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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29th

Jan

A Warmer Winter with Apropos Conservatories

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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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27th

Jan

Family Literacy Day: Snuggle Up with a Good Book

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

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

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22nd

Jan

The Best Spaces For Working From Home.

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The 19th to the 25th of January 2015 is National Work from Home Week, an event which began in 2003, with the aim of getting people thinking about the option of home working and all the benefits it can bring. Whether avoiding rush hour traffic, cutting costs, or taking control of work-life ratio, the advantages of home working can be manifold. There is however, one major stumbling block to be overcome – finding somewhere to actually work!

For many people, building something new is the best solution. If this is …

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21st

Jan

Get Into the Garden (for Squirrel Appreciation Day!)

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

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

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20th

Jan

Britain’s Top Ten Nightmare Neighbours.

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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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16th

Jan

How to avoid a Condensed Conservatory…

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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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15th

Jan

Buried Treasure: Decluttering the Conservatory (and keeping it that way!)

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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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12th

Jan

Order! Order! – Are you ready for National Organise Your Home Day?

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

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

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9th

Jan

Does Great Architecture Make a Great City?

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Shortly before Christmas, Rough Guide produced its annual list of the top ten cities in the world to visit. While some of the choices were relatively conventional – Hamburg, New Orleans, Johannesburg, Wellington – one city among the number raised more than a few eyebrows: Birmingham, UK.

Voted as the home of the ‘least attractive accent’ in the Britain in a 2014 YouGov poll, with some of the country’s highest unemployment figures and more widely associated with its industrial past than its cultural present, Birmingham was an …

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17th

Dec

New Year’s Resolutions.

Are you resolved to Go Green in 2015? Find out how Apropos can help...
New Year’s resolutions seem like such a good idea… Until it comes time to stick to them. Then giving up chocolate, taking up running or losing two stone in weight seems like a ridiculous ask. So this year, at Apropos, we’ve settled on a more sensible option – we’ve decided to get our houses in order.

Each of the team has chosen a household goal that they wish to attain in 2015, and by sharing it with you, we’re giving ourselves more of an incentive to achieve it! These are …

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17th

Dec

Home For Christmas.

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

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17th

Dec

Partying with Apropos – How your conservatory can make the perfect Festive Party Pad.

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One of the most common reasons our customers give for investing in an Apropos extension is the wish to have more room to entertain. Putting plans into practise can sometimes take a little while though, so if your Apropos conservatory was designed to be a party pad but is yet to be christened, there is no better time to put it through its paces.

7 Steps to Help You Jingle …

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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.
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier)

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

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Planning permission. Utter those two words in home-building circles and you’ll hear heaved a collective sigh strong enough to blow away a small village in Shropshire. It’s the bane of many a life, and yet it does have its benefits; if you can’t build a twelve metre high viewing platform at the end of your garden, neither can your neighbours!

Avoiding the planning police is a simpler affair than you …

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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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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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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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The population has increased beyond planet Earth’s means to sustain it. Land is running out. Not enough food can be grown to meet the demand. Food prices rocket and the hungry go without.

It sounds like the opening of a desperately unoriginal piece of dystopian teen fiction, but according to scientists it’s a very real possibility for the not too distant future. Many of the world’s best minds are focused upon the question; ‘how do we solve the problem of expanding population vs. decreasing fertile land mass;’ how do we …

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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.

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

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

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

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

With gorgeous floral displays, gardens from some of …

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

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

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Summer. Is. Here. How fabulous is that thought? We didn’t have a particularly harsh winter, but oh, it was wet and miserable and somehow summer has felt a long time coming. The spring was kind to us, but with the longer days, the warmer weather (hopefully!), and blue skies, the summer is so very welcome.

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We’ve waited so long, and now that it’s here, it’s …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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2nd

May

High Hopes.

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

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

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

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It is often said these days that there is no such thing as community spirit. For many of us, our only interaction with our neighbours is a quick hello in passing; many more don’t even know what their neighbours look like, let alone their names. But even if you are on friendly terms, willing to provide the proverbial cup of sugar, you can bet your bottom that if a home extension is on the cards, your relationship will change.

The smallest addition to your home can have …

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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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Presentation is a funny thing. We’ve mentioned before how first impressions count; doors can make a real entrance; your home can be an expression of you, but how can you get people to look beyond their own perceptions and not just see what you want them to see, but to see what’s really there?

At Apropos we’ve recently developed what is probably quite a good problem; our products have started to speak for themselves. Now, this might be bragging just a tiny wee bit, but people see our …

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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.

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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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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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23rd

Jan

January Blues.

Pilkington Activ Blue Glass by Apropos

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

We’ve been building ever since.

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

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

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

Isn’t it great being a grown-up?

The age varies …

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As the old year draws to a close most of us find ourselves indulging in a bit of heartfelt reflection. We consider the decisions we’ve made, the loved ones we’ve lost, the friends we’ve found… the extra few inches added to our waist lines and the gym membership we paid for but utilised only once.

This time it’ll be different! We think.

This time we’ll stick with it! We declare.

This time we’ll lose weight, quit smoking, cut back on alcohol, exercise more, visit our grandparents, weed the garden, learn …

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

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

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Chill out zone, or studio? Office space, or lifestyle enhancer? Somewhere serious, or a place to play? If you had an extra room what would you do with it? If that extra room was detached from the house, removed from the noise of the family and the distractions of home, but within sprinting distance on the rainiest of days; secure, warm, bright and connected …

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Are you old school with a splash of modernity?
We have a question: How well does your home reflect your personality?

If you built it yourself, probably quite well; you might have a floating staircase, gothic-inspired tower, an eco plant-lined rooftop, or a lap-pool sunk deep into the basement. If you’re not among these lucky few however, chances are that when you cut away the froth and fancy of soft furnishings and paintwork, you’ll find yourself living in a plain brick box, which says more about the people who built it – or the time in which it was …

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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 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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We don’t wish to labour the point, but conservatories have got bit political lately. With its crystalline transparency, you might think that the glass house would be anathema to politicians, but at the recent party conference Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, forthrightly said that anyone who didn’t understand the aspirational pull of conservatories was not fit to lead the Labour party. Strong, and somewhat controversial, words.

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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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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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14th

Aug

Great Escapes

An Atelier by Apropos Garden Studio provides the perfect summer vacation in any garden.

The great summer exodus might be well under way, but far fewer of us are fleeing abroad these days than were doing so five or six years ago. The recession has bitten and although ‘green shoots’ are said to be appearing there’s still not much cash to splash on more frivolous pursuits. The staycation, therefore, is becoming a much more prevalent feature of British life. Of course, when you have a beautiful home, staying there is not so much of a hardship!

Our aim, at Apropos, is to help our …

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3rd

Jul

Summer Loving

With our wide range of powder coated paint colours to choose from you can create an Outdoor Living area that is quintessentially you.

It’s never too late to fall in love with your home again, and a side extension can be the perfect place to start. With Apropos Outdoor Living you can turn a patch of neglected ground into a fabulous and functional space. All it takes is a little imagination.

The first step towards getting the best from your garden room is to decide what you want from it. Are you looking for a rain-proof barbeque area, a sheltered spot for the kids to play, or a luxury room to make your …

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

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

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

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

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

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

His innovation is still influencing architects to this day and …

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

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

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

Apropos Orangery with Folding Sliding Doors

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

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Apropos’ brand new polyester powder coating plant has been officially recognised by the world’s leading powder coating authority.

AkzoNobel, the multi-national company formed following the takeover of ICI, has awarded the plant Service First Applicator status – one of just forty such accreditations in the entire country.

“An efficient and effective powder coating operation has been established at Apropos and the commitment to achieving the highest quality standards is evident from the attitude of the staff…” – Akzo Nobel report

Following a recent assessment, the …

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Apropos recently featured in a Daily Mail article which highlighted the 450,000 job vacancies in the UK. The Mail argued that whilst unemployment may be on the rise there is still a high volume of great vacancies going unfilled, particularly in sales roles.

The article featured a case study of Apropos’ technical sales manager, Paul Schofield, as well as comment for director of operations, David Waxman.

“Talented sales personnel are like gold dust, and much of Apropos’ success in recent years has been …

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Michael Barnes: Leader of The Conservatory Party.

National company goes local to design bespoke bi-folding door systems for Stamford Park regeneration centrepiece

Apropos is playing its part in the regeneration of a historic local park.

The company is designing, manufacturing and installing four sets of folding sliding doors for a new pavilion to be located in Stamford Park. The park, which straddles the Ashton-under-Lyne/Stalybridge border, dates from 1873 and is registered grade II on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens.

Stamford Park is undergoing a major transformation …

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Apropos launches lifestyle and design blog

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Apropos has launched its own lifestyle and design blog – Architecture In Glass.

The blog has been launched to complement the company’s website, and provide a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the thoughts and design processes that has made Apropos the country’s leading glass and aluminium structure specialist.

The blog will include case studies, research and design debate, technical advice, and …

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The Civic Mayor of Tameside opens £15m-a-year plant at civic ceremony

31st May 2011

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr. Susan Quinn, has officially opened Apropos’ new state-of-the-art polyester powder coating plant in Dukinfield.

The £15 million-a-year plant was opened at a special civic ceremony last Thursday, in front of an audience of civic dignitaries, business partners and Apropos staff members.

Guests were treated to a …

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Polyester Powder Coating

Innovation, higher quality, greater efficiency and more environmentally friendly processes will be by-products of new plant

9th May 2011

Apropos’ new polyester powder coating plant in Dukinfield is to be officially opened by the Civic Mayor of Tameside on the 26th May.

The Mayor will be joined by fellow civic dignitaries and other guests at the Park Road plant, to celebrate the latest innovative milestone in …

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