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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 anyonLumi window white top opener

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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.

Kitchen Extension by Apropos Conservatories

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

The Great Conservatory, Syon Park.

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

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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 …

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The bringing of light into the home is one of the most attractive selling points of architecture in glass; in fact it’s a primary concern for a great many Apropos customers. Natural light is appealing not just because it saves on synthetic lighting, but because a light, bright home feels more spacious and homely. Because natural light can help prevent the formation of damp and mould, brighter homes are also generally healthier homes.

The problem is that orangeries, conservatories and other glazed extensions, don’t necessarily appeal to all. You might …

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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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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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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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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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