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Whether it’s your first or second house, you might find yourself in a situation where suddenly you realise you’ve outgrown your beloved home. Over time, your family may have increased (relatives or pets), you could be starting a home business and have outgrown your kitchen space, or, you might just find there’s not enough storage for your treasured belongings.
Move home or extend?
Moving house seems like the most obvious option – you may find a property with a bigger living space and a larger garden. Though, how much will …
With his borderline-lewd lyrics and cheeky chappy grin, George Formby gave window cleaning real appeal, but even he would have to admit that the nagging arm ache and irritating streaky finish can get the best of us down from time to time.
Orangeries, conservatories, Aprofold doors and atriums; whichever way you look at it, Apropos products do have a lot of glass on show, which can be daunting to anyon
‘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.
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 …
Moving away from the considerable lifestyle benefits of the domestic structures for a moment, conservatories can be the most remarkable pieces of architecture. Whether bold biomes or elegant arches, conservatories come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re featured all over the world. These are some of our favourite examples of the building that we’ve made our own.
For many people the great conservatories begin and end with the Crystal …
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
– William Shakespeare
Ah, who doesn’t love the balcony scene, where that fickle young fop, Romeo, transfers his attentions from the fair Rosaline to sweet Juliet? If we’re honest, Romeo has never quite cut the mustard for us; a callow youth who resettles his affections with little more thought than a butterfly flitting between flowers; in our view, Juliet would have been better off without him. For us, it’s …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …