Ask The Expert.Published on 13th December 2013
This week the Head of our Design Team, Brendan Day, took some time out to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Apropos and kitchen design.
Q: Can an Apropos kitchen extension work on a period property?
A: There are few property styles or periods that can’t work well with an Apropos structure. Because our system is bespoke and we manufacture what we need, we can usually ‘manage the architecture’ of the property and either reflect it or adapt it to something more contemporary.
Getting the right design for each individual client is very important, at Apropos we consider the property’s architectural themes, but we aren’t always governed by them.
Q: What is the most popular Apropos kitchen extension design?
A: No two clients have exactly the same needs and all of our designs are created on an individual basis, so I can’t really say that we have a popular design. The trend is very much away from thick and chunky lines though; modern materials allow for thinner sightlines creating a better/less visible connection between internal and external spaces. Large sliding (patio) doors are becoming more popular because less framework is needed.
Q: Aren’t orangeries and conservatories a bit old fashioned?
A: Orangeries and conservatories are our most commonly chosen kitchen extensions, but there has been a move away from the faux-Georgian uPVC bolt-on’s, with open-plan living gaining in popularity.
The ‘arts and crafts’ styling often associated with orangeries is also on the wane; fewer clients are looking for ridge cresting or decorative finials on their rooflights; large sections of unbroken glass are often requested.
Q: Is temperature control still a problem in glazed extensions?
A: With modern coatings on the glass that can block up to 80% of the sun’s energy from passing into the structure, together with trickle ventilation, Apropos structures are suitable for use year-round. Many clients now ask for extensions that are integrated with their homes and open to the main dwelling, which means that the extension has to comply with Part L of building regulations which covers all matters thermal.
Q: Apropos seem to only offer double glazing, wouldn’t triple glazing be better?
A: With the focus on making our homes more energy efficient, there is the possibility that triple glazing may become a requirement in glazed extensions in the future, but for now Apropos is trying to avoid making this change. Why? The extra weight of a triple glazed unit creates potential structural problems, and with an extra pane of glass there is a reduction in light entering the property. It will also cost more, so we are finding ways to improve the double glazed specification so we can avoid a significant rise in prices.
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