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The Ultimate Dinner Party Guide

90 tips to impress your guests with a dinner party to remember.

What’s the point of having a beautiful new addition to your home if you can’t show it off? Having friends over for dinner is a tradition that’s been part of British culture for decades, but managing all the guests, the cooking and the planning can still send us into a panic.

Our dinner party guide is crammed full of 90 tips from experts, helping you to ensure that your dinner parties are something …

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People tend not to think much about doors and windows, but at Apropos, we believe that they can make the biggest impact in terms of interior design. Here are 10 things to consider if you’re looking for ways to revamp your home.

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Natural light is good for you – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. No matter the design – skylight or patio doors – having a source …

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was a truth universally acknowledged that the size of a man’s orangery was directly proportional to the size of his wealth.

His choice of architecture would say to his neighbours ‘Look! Aren’t I rich?’ or ‘Look! Aren’t I clever?’ or occasionally, ‘Please don’t look; I’ve run out of money!’ Some men would use their homes to impose themselves on the landscape with sprawling manors which would straddle two counties, while others would defy gravity, pushing ever-more skywards with gob-smacking feats of architectural endeavour.

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Every home has one; a room that’s just that little bit too small and boxy for convenience, or comfort. With new-build houses in the UK the smallest in Europe, and apparently getting smaller with each new housing development, it’s important to be able to find ways of living with the homes that we have and make the most of the space available to us.

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Make the most of your home with an open plan layout. You might actually get to see your kids every now and again as well!
Everywhere we look we’re bombarded with trends, with every season, in every part of our lives, and with influences coming from every part of the world, yet most of us lack the funds to update our decor on anything like a regular basis. Is it any wonder that we often find ourselves dissatisfied with our lot?

At Apropos we’re firm believers in the adage that a change is as good as rest, but we also think that change needn’t cost a fortune.

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The autumnal equinox offers little to be excited about; the weather gets colder; the days gets shorter; the nights get darker; and we get… erm… miserabler?

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It does, however bring one little thing that we’ve all come to cherish: about a month after that twelve hour tipping point, where day and night share equal hours, Daylight Saving is introduced, meaning that we all regain the hour we lost last March. ‘Hoorah! …

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Winter can seem a forlorn time in the garden. The leaves have fallen; the blooms have faded; brown reigns supreme in the kingdom of colours.

It can be tempting to draw the curtains in October, and keep them that way until March arrives, but there’s more to the winter garden than meets the eye, and if your curtains aren’t quite voluminous enough to cover all your Apropos glazing, why not pop along to the garden centre this weekend and pick up a shrub or two to waken your winter wonderland?

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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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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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In our Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

This time, Max Pilbeam Head of Interiors Projects at eporta, talks about how eporta is transforming the world of interior design as we know it, as well as how Harrison Ford ‘auditioned’ for Star Wars and how it links to eporta….

With roles including head of contracts at Conran, Luke Irwin and Habitat, Max really is an influential leader in the interior design world. He discusses why Apropos conservatories are a …

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In the Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

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This month Anya Fennet, Founder of Anya Fennet Design Studio, speaks to us about her love for Scandinavian design, how she keeps up with current trends and Sir Richard Branson’s views on Brexit! Take a look and see how much Apropos and Anya Fennet are …

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Bespoke glass extensions that house living rooms will help no end in keeping you cosy and warm during the tough winter months and whether you had the hottest day of the year yesterday, or a storm of epic proportions, we all know that winter won’t be far away.

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Investment in an aluminium and glass extension might seem like something reserved solely for summer, but despite this, the addition will still pay off …

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If you’ve taken a look around our latest product innovation, you’ll already know a little about Apropos Lux, so today we wanted to focus on one Lux product in particular and tell you a little more about what makes the system so special.

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Apropos Lux is a new vision in glazing, bringing you entirely seamless windows, doors, structures and curtain walling to create glazed spaces like never before. …

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We’re big fans of the outbuilding here at Apropos, from pool houses to garden studios and even the humble garden shed. We’ve seen our fair share of beautifully designed summer houses, cabins, outdoor entertainment spaces and modern garden sheds over the years and we like to think we know a little about the design of these spaces too.

Which is why we were hooked on this year’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition – which showcases sheds from up and down the country across nine different categories, none of which …

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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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Homeowners wanting a lean-to conservatory in time for next summer should be considering their options now, according to conservatory experts.

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A bespoke lean-to conservatory cannot be created overnight. As a unique piece of architectural design, all of Apropos contemporary orangeries, glass extensions and bespoke conservatory designs take time to devise, create and install. And, depending on whether or not your lean-to conservatory requires planning permission, …

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We often hear from homeowners who are hesitant to undertake a garden studio project due to fears over the amount of planning permission that could be involved.

However, one of the best things about installing a garden studio, is that they rarely need any planning permission at all. Most garden studios and outbuildings can be installed on a property under …

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In our new Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

This month Sarah, Creative Director of Bio Fires, talks to us about eco-fuel, tabletop burners, loved-up customers and why Apropos and Bio Fires fit together in the world of architecture and interior design.

First off, we have to know – how can Bio Fires work with Apropos conservatories and orangeries?

Bioethanol fireplaces would add to the contemporary look of Apropos conservatories and orangeries perfectly. This is …

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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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Summer is obviously the season when all of our products here at Apropos, come into their own. With the summer sun shining down on us, it’s an easy step to thinking about how we can make more of everyone’s favorite season, and every one of our products is perfectly aligned to do so. Today, though, we’re focusing on the modern orangery.

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In the past, we’ve talked about how cosy an …

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The popularity of contemporary garden offices has never been higher. A recent survey showed that approximately 2,300  garden studios were installed in the UK in the last 12 months, with 59 per cent of those accounting for £21 million worth of contemporary garden offices.

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It appears that it is not just plants that grow in garden, businesses are thriving as well – thanks to contemporary garden offices.

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Apropos’ super slim folding sliding doors are finding their way into the hearts of more and more homeowners.

With some of the slimmest sight lines available on the market, furthermore, they are super-efficient; achieving the top rating for energy efficiency.

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With such slender frames, our folding sliding doors allow an abundance of light into homes when they are closed, and more of nature’s beauty inside …

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Permitted Development is a wonderful thing; allowing us to create the extra room space we need in our homes, without the added hassle of a full planning application. This information however, is still unknown by some and can often deter homeowner’s from taking on home improvement projects.

However, provided your intended building project meets the criteria of permitted development law, you can accomplish much more than you thought – without involving your local council. We’ve put together some examples below to help give you a better idea of the type …

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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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Planning permission can be a daunting thought, often enough to keep any thoughts of a home renovation way off most people radar. But, what most people don’t always realise is that many home improvement projects can be completed under your permitted development rights – which allow for certain construction to be undertaken without the need for lengthy planning applications.

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Your permitted development rights derive from a …

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Glass and Aluminium Bespoke Link Extension by Apropos Conservatories
For most people, the conservatory is the only structure which comes to mind when considering a home extension. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy the garden, whilst giving a realistic nod to the hit and miss nature of the British summer time. Recently however, we’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of garden rooms, also known as garden studios – telling us there is at least one other option that shouldn’t be ignored when looking to make more of your home and garden.

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4th

May

Apropos Outdoor Living

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At Apropos we’re best known for architecture in glass; which brings new life and light to your home and changes the way you make the most of your property. However, we also offer a range of beautiful outdoor living products, so that you can make your garden a lovely place to be, year round.

Our outdoor living products consist of glazed verandas and Apropos garden studios, both of which come in a range of modular units which you can customize to suit your space.

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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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27th

Apr

Planning The Perfect Conservatory Extension

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For homeowners wanting to build bespoke conservatory extensions, there are a number of issues you need to consider before getting your conservatory extension project off the ground:

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Whose design?

It pays to employ professionals to design your conservatory extension, but is it best to go for an independent architect or use the services of an in-house team at a conservatory extensions company?

In-house teams, like that at Apropos, …

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21st

Apr

A Truly Delicious Kitchen Extension

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An orangery-style kitchen extension has proved mouth wateringly delicious for a listed Edinburgh property.

We couldn’t resist taking a look at this marvellous kitchen extension once again. The property – a beautiful, listed four-bedroomed apartment located in the gorgeous Murrayfield district of the Scottish capital – was completely renovated, with Apropos proud to be involved in the sympathetic kitchen extension, …

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6th

Apr

Conservatory Extensions Add Value To Homes

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With property values on the increase, conservatory extensions are still proving to be a great way to add value to properties of all sizes, and get the edge on your competition.

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Bespoke conservatory extensions can increase the value of properties by as much as 15% whilst adding a real sense of contemporary cool living in the process.

Whilst there are a wide variety of styles, it …

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29th

Mar

Food For Thought: Glazed Dining Extensions

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For homeowners wanting to improve their dining rooms, the options available are proving food for thought. Below is a guide to the choices on offer to extend your dining room with Apropos!

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No longer just add-on extensions, modern conservatories are fully integrated into home designs, with many homeowners creating bespoke conservatories completely created for use as dining rooms. …

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25th

Mar

5 Top Tips To Build The Perfect Kitchen Extension

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

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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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23rd

Mar

Rooflights & Skylights: A Bright Idea

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Rooflights, also know as skylights and roof lanterns, are becoming more and more popular, as homeowners realise they are a great way of letting light flood into the home. Nowhere is this known better than amongst Apropos’ clients – thanks to the our bespoke designs and precision engineering.

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Built using a high-tech glazing product and strong aluminium, Apropos’ rooflights look beautiful in any home and are unrivaled for style, …

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17th

Mar

Homes Are Opened Up By Folding Sliding Doors

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Up until recently, patio door systems were the door systems of choice for most homes, but that has all changed, thanks to the arrival of affordable folding sliding door systems in the British market. Folding sliding doors are opening up homes like never before, creating amazing living experiences for homeowners who have them installed.

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Greater flexibility is achieved with folding sliding doors that is not found with patio doors. A pair of patio doors can have both or …

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14th

Mar

A Bespoke Conservatory Gives A Home A Heartbeat

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The bespoke designs of Apropos have helped conservatories undergo a radical image overhaul in the last decade.

Apropos designs conservatories like no other company. Conservatories designed by Apropos are a world away from the stereotypical image of the 1980s white uPVC conservatory attached to the rear of a property where the patio once was.

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10th

Mar

Give Your Home That Extra Touch – Add A Glass Veranda

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A bespoke glass veranda by Apropos can give your home that extra bit of something special. A glass veranda can be used and enjoyed 12 months a year, enhancing your property and increasing its value.

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An Apropos glass veranda – also known as a glazed canopy – is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun and relax in your garden. A glass veranda is ideal for providing some …

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6th

Mar

Walk This Way: Glazed Walkways

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Glazed walkways are such a versatile feature; they can be added to an existing home to create a sheltered area which connects a courtyard, or used to bring disparate areas of a barn or similar conversion together as one. Alternatively, you could employ a glazed walk way as a room in its own right, to link two previously independent parts of your property together, or create a covered walk way which leads to the drive, and provides protection on wet and windy days.

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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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27th

Feb

Improve to Move: Ten Ways to Add Value to Your Home

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Improving, rather than moving, may no longer be as necessary as it seemed a couple of years ago; with the economy slowly recovering and the housing market back in motion. But, that’s not to say there is no longer any reason to improve or add to your home.

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Whether you’re looking to sell your property, and reap as many rewards as you can, or simply wanting to make …

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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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13th

Feb

More than Just a Conservatory: Designs to Transform Your Home

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In recent years conservatories have received a bit of an unfair reputation for being ‘just a garden room’. Whilst this may have been the case in the past, it certainly isn’t now, as modern design techniques and building materials revolutionise home design.

Thinking of conservatories in terms of a ‘glass structure’ or a ‘glass extension’ will help you to envisage the many ways a bespoke conservatory could transform your home. Bringing together your garden and interior whilst adding space and light, can make your home feel like a totally different …

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11th

Feb

Lean-to Conservatories, the Perfect Space-Saving Solution

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Having only a small amount of outdoor space can mean a conservatory just isn’t a consideration. Why would you want to eat into the majority of your garden so you can sit in your conservatory and stare at the small patch left behind? Well, it’s time to put those thoughts to bed…

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Leaps in design and technology mean that conservatories are now available and affordable in …

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6th

Feb

Maximising Space in Your Home with a Bespoke Conservatory

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Conservatories aren’t generally viewed as a home extension, despite them being exactly that. When you think of an extension, a traditional brick box which will make your kitchen a bit bigger usually comes to mind. But it may be more worthwhile than you first think to extend your home with a bespoke conservatory.

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Gone are the days of out-of-the-box, white UPVC conservatories, modern conservatories are bespoke to your needs, your style and your home. This means they can …

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4th

Feb

A Simple Guide to Planning Permission for Conservatories and Orangeries

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Planning a new conservatory is an exciting time, but it’s easy to find it scuppered by planning permission in the later stages if you don’t do your homework first.

Under the regulations that came into effect on 1stOctober 2008, conservatories are considered to be permitted development, that means they don’t need planning permission. However this is subject to local planning permission and building rules, plus other regulations such as whether your house is listed and the area in which you live.

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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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27th

Jan

Garden Studios Make Your World Panoramic!

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At Apropos we are constantly striving to improve our offering and create new, innovative designs with which to expand our range.

Our current range of customisable garden studios includes;

The Vista – the baby of our family which offers an inspiring, compact space at an affordable price point. The Vista makes the perfect garden office or relaxation space and can be customised to meet your requirements.
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25th

Jan

From Contemporary to Shabby Chic: Choosing a Beautiful Conservatory

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When it comes to interior design we all know what we like, there may be trends and fads, but each of us has an underlying taste which will be present throughout our homes. Conservatories should be no different, gone are the days of mass produced, white UPVC additions, now your conservatory can reflect your taste and style just as much as the rest of your home does.

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21st

Jan

Transforming Your Home & Garden: A Guide to Bespoke Conservatories

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After a few miserable summers in a row, a conservatory is becoming an ever more appealing option. Being able to sit and enjoy your garden or have the feeling of being outdoors whilst being warm and dry is a pleasant luxury, to say the least.

A conservatory no longer has to be a white UPVC hexagonally-shaped garden room which is simply stuck to the back of your house. Greenhouses, lean-to conservatories, glass extensions and orangeries are all choices when it comes to choosing the perfect option for you and your …

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18th

Jan

Planning Your Kitchen Extension

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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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15th

Jan

The Many Faces of Bespoke Orangeries

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As the name would suggest; bespoke orangeries can come in many guises; each one as individual as you are. Like everything we do here at Apropos, our bespoke orangeries are designed for you and your lifestyle and are able to accommodate a range of different uses.

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From the moment your local designer visits your home, we want to get the best idea of how you plan to use your …

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13th

Jan

Saving Space In Your Home

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At Apropos we’re almost always preoccupied with new ways to create spectacular new spaces for your home – and, in doing so, expand the area available to you within your property. However, if you’re not yet ready to go the whole hog with a bespoke apropos extension, or simply don’t even have space for that, then we’ve put together a short guide to saving space within the home.

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11th

Jan

Now We’re Cooking!

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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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8th

Jan

The Home Hub (and why we all need one)

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As our lives get busier, so too must our homes get bigger – to accommodate all of the people we meet along the way, the technology we simply must have and the offices, gyms, wet rooms and walk in wardrobes that we as 21st century humans can’t seem to live without.

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This though has given birth to a rather peculiar problem. The rise of technology and communication devices has …

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6th

Jan

New Year; New Horizons

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The start of a new year is always a great time for fresh thinking; we set resolutions, get our homes in order after the upheaval of Christmas and begin to plan for the year ahead. The new year opens up new possibilities for all of us and with Apropos on board the new year could mean new horizons for your home, as well as your lifestyle.

With Apropos the possibilities are pretty much endless, thanks to our bespoke design service and time honoured manufacturing and engineering skills. If the laws …

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