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Planning permission is a pain. There, we said it. Introduced back in the 17th century, it’s main aim was to prevent tumble down shacks and the squalor of the less affluent areas of town, affecting those better off. Today though, it has many aims: safety, preservation, conformity, social cohesion and many more, and all in all, it does help to ensure that our communities maintain good standards for living.
This week’s case study feature is a little different than our usual look back at past projects. We’ll still be showing off one of our very favourite property designs – but this time we’re letting someone else do the talking!
The glass and aluminium extension making a statement is this innovative and modern design, which we created a cutting edge set of corner bi-folding doors. It’s such a fantastic project, that I-Build …
Our case study today showcases a beautifully original structure we designed for a period property in Sutton Coldfield. Double storey extensions always look striking, but we’re particularly pleased with the finish on this bespoke atrium.
Location: Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
Size: Glazing was added to the whole house
Features: Glass Balcony, Two set of folding sliding doors.
Colour: RAL 6021 – Pale Green
To create a bespoke glass extension, which complemented …
A cosy conservatory. Who would have thought it possible? If, rather, you think that’s a sentence bordering on the oxymoron-ic then bear with us. We’re about to show you just why the modern conservatory could easily become the cosiest spot in your home!
It’s winter. It’s cold and it’s miserable outside. Rush hour makes for icy mornings on the road, and dark nights stuck in stand still traffic. The main thing on …
Whilst all of our conservatories and extensions are entirely bespoke, our case study this week is an even more unusual build than we’re used to. Created to bring together home, garage and outbuilding, it offers a new perspective on how to incorporate architecture in glass into the home.
Size: 3m x 7m
Features: A single patio door, a double patio door and trick vents around the structure
Colour: RAL …
As we all know the alphabet goes right from A-Z – and do does the A-Z of Apropos Outdoor Living. So, this week we’re bringing you the part we like to call 2! If you missed last week’s instalment, you can find it here.
N – is for late Nights out in the garden, under the stars.
O – is for the cultural phenomenon that is Outdoor Living.
P – …
Today we’re sharing with you another of our case studies from the archives. This garden room was commissioned for a period building and so needed to be sympathetic to this aesthetic. When we talk about sympathy in architecture, what we mean is that the two styles marry well, and this gorgeous garden room is a great example.
Location: West Yorkshire
Size: 3.5m x 3.5m
Features: Brown Aluminium to complement the …
If you’ve yet to hear, Apropos have branched out! Our newly created sister company Apropos Outdoor Living now offers everything you need to embrace your garden or patio 365 days a year.
So we’ve put together our A-Z of outdoor living, to help you get to know the new product range a little better…
A – is for Apropos, of course! Bringing our expert knowledge of Architecture In …
This week’s case study marries the modern conservatory extension with it’s traditional use as a greenhouse or hot house for growing plants more used to warmer climes. Set in an idyllically lush garden, we think you’ll agree that this design makes a particularly pretty sight.
Size: 3.5m x 4m
Features: High ridge lean-to.
Colour: RAL1015, Light Ivory
To design and install a lean to conservatory on the rear gable wall of the house transforming the old garden store room, complete with corrugated tin roof, into a …
It’s not surprising that one of the most frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages is how much will it cost? In order to efficiently plan for a new conservatory or extension you’ll need some idea of the overall budget, after all. Being bespoke though, means it’s not always easy for us to provide exact costings and off the peg quotations.
Each and every one of our modern glass and aluminium conservatories is entirely bespoke. Custom made to the exacting design specifications for each of our clients and …
In a world where the likely hood of a decent state pension coming your way, becomes less and less likely, property is king. Conservatories can help extend your property, but will they add value?
Yes say our friends over a Property Price Advice – and they know their stuff. Not only that though, they’ve gone a step further. They’ve done all the research, so you don’t have to, and figured out …
What a difference a new set of bi-folding doors makes. As you’ll see in this week’s case study below. Home improvements don’t have to be a major hassle, to make a big difference to the way you use your property.
Size: 5.5m x 2.5m
Features: Folding sliding doors, patio doors and roof light
Colour: RAL 7015, Slate Grey
The client was looking to extend their living area with …
One of the main things we pride ourselves on here at Apropos, is our ability to innovate; bringing time honoured engineering skills to bear on future technologies and spotting a good thing when we see it.
Our bespoke nature means we’re always challenged to think of new ways to engineer our structures and find solutions to problems we may not have encountered before.
All of this on the …
We tend to take our photography and put together our case studies during the summer month, to get the best light and show our structures in their natural habitat (not that they aren’t just as efficient during the rest of the year) – so we rarely get to see our conservatories, extensions and orangeries within a winter scene.
These images, kindly shared with us by the architects, of a stunningly modern kitchen extension are therefore a little different – with winter’s …
We’ve got something seriously special to share with you today – a futuristic kitchen extension based around celestial skies and bold, clean lines. Apropos were called upon to custom manufacture the corner bi-folding doors for this barn conversion, creating a brilliant contrast with the older architecture of this home.
Location: Kendal, The Lake District Dimensions: Colour: RAL 7021 (Grey Black) Features: Barn conversion, full glazing project.
Despite our country wide dismissal of expert opinion in recent times, it still stands to reason – if not poll results – that consulting an expert, when looking to make a big decision in a field you’re unfamiliar with, is the best way to go.
At Apropos, we have a vast wealth of knowledge in architecture in glass; the term we like to use for our modern glass and aluminium conservatories, …
We’ve got a treat for you today – a modern kitchen and utility room lean to conservatory extension, which spans the entire back length of this red brick property, coupled with a traditional conservatory which seeks to make the most of some dead space in this properties large back garden.
Order: Barton, 2645 | Location: Isle of Wight | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active | Features: 5 Leaf & 10 Leaf Aprofold Doors, Traditional Side Conservatory & …
This case study is one of our very favourites – as it offer so many examples of how Apropos’ bespoke nature, works so well in our clients favour.
Commissioned as a replacement orangery for an old, tired predecessor to a listed building – the bespoke nature of our offering meant we were able to provide a much more useful space for the homeowners to enjoy. Cosy, good looking and perfectly in tune with it’s host property, this replacement orangery looks as good today as it did when first conceived.
Architecture, by nature, is a thing constantly in flux – shifting trends and aesthetics create new features and conceits, and whilst this is most obvious when walking through a city street, where architectural contrasts abound, these changing trends do filter down into domestic properties.
Once there, modern architectural innovations, can completely change the way we use our homes, as well as the way others see them.
Whilst we’re all, all too aware …
Today’s case study perfectly showcases the bespoke nature of the Apropos design system, thanks to it’s unusual shape and entirely unique aspect.
Order: Wells, 2601 | Location: Berkshire Dimensions: 3100mm x 8380mm | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active Blue | Features: 3 Leaf Aprofold Doors & Automatic Ventilation.
Our clients requested a quirky take on the traditional aesthetic for their orangery style extension. The couple, in their …
We’re loath to say it, but it looks as though that’s a wrap on summer 2017 – not that we got much of one to start with, which is all the more reason to consider making the most of your outdoor living space with an Apropos structure, so you can enjoy your garden, whatever the weather. But, we digress!
Autumn is upon us and anyone who’s a regular to …
Today we’re sharing with you one of our most favourite kitchen extension – which we working alongside RIBA accredited architect to design and construct. This case study is one from the archives, but we hope you’ll agree that this design has truly stood the test of time, looking just as cool and contemporary today as it did on the day our fitters packed up.
Size: 7.5m …
These days, it’s no strange sight to see orangeries bedecking the back of homes up and down your street, as their popularity grows year on year.
After all, the orangery offers the perfect compromise between indoor and out. Hybrid structures, somewhere between an old fashioned plain brick extension and the modern, forward thinking fully glazed extension, orangeries offer their discerning owners the best of both worlds – allowing light to flood in, whilst still offering some privacy.
Originally though, orangeries were used when two worlds collided, and the rich aristocracy …
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your bespoke Apropos structure in readiness for next year; which we all know is the perfect time to enjoy your Apropos addition – so you don’t have to spend another spring and summer sat yearning for a little more outdoor living in your life!
Although each and every Apropos product is tailor made to meet the specifications of each individual client and their property we do have certain identifying terms and basic designs from which every Apropos begins its journey. Here is a …
Oh Autumn, what a season you are! Beautiful, blousy and sultry, with misty mornings and shorter nights quietly hinting that summer will soon be gone entirely. While the garden is still looking gorgeous the best is now behind for another year and the last allotment harvest is near at hand.
For the serious gardener, winter is no obstacle, but if wearing welly boots while the rain lashes down is not for you, the great indoors might beckon. That’s not to …
One of the problems many parents face in the long summer holiday is that their children are separated from their friends, particularly in rural locations.
Being off school and away from lessons may be fun for a short while, but the sheen of appeal rapidly wears off without friends to play with. Now that the holidays have approached their end, organising a last hoorah and getting the kids together again can be an entertaining exercise as school starts up once more.
At Apropos we enjoy every project we undertake, but when something even more different than usual comes along we can’t help but fall a little in love with it. We’re sure you’ll do the same, with this beautiful bespoke atrium.
Located in Swansea, this project was to provide the heart of a new build property set to make the most of the spectacular welsh countryside. Our clients wanted a two-storey atrium …
The summer holidays are, and rightly so, generally all about children. That niggling annoyance we know as ‘responsibility’, and the equally irksome ‘duty of care’ call us to arms, making sure that the kids are happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Most of it comes naturally; we want our children to thrive and it gives us pleasure to see them doing so. But every so often, once in a while, when sleep has been short and tempers are shorter, every parent feels a need to reclaim their christian name, to be called …
The owners of this Winchester home felt it was time to ditch their traditional wooden kitchen, and replace it with an ultra-modern style kitchen extension. They wanted a bright, spacious living area that would act as a hub for family life and social entertaining.
A similar project by Apropos would cost approximately £30,000.
This goal was ably assisted by a plot of L-shaped ‘dead’ space in the rear garden, on …
Today we’re taking a look back at one of our favourite projects from the archives, that looks as striking and beautiful as it did on the day we installed it – a double storey glass extension for a Lancashire based farmhouse. We always enjoy working with period or listed properties, and this project was no exception! Find out why below!
Similar structures would cost around £65,000
The long summer school holidays can be trying for parents. It’s not that you don’t want to spend the time with your children, more that it’s not always possible. With work commitments, who can take a six week break in one go? Who has the funds to spend on daily outings and activities? Who has the time to abandon household chores? We all have to work and we all have to live, so how can you make it all add up?
One of the simplest ways is to holiday at …
Spring and summer are particularly busy times for us, here at Apropos. With the prospect of fairer weather, home owners feel inspired to take the plunge and add that long-wished for extra room.
They sit with our design team and talk of the perfect conservatory, or the dream kitchen-diner, the orangery that will bring the family together and create the ideal space for everyone to relax in. They have mental pictures of serenity, or fun, or purely improved practicality and they think of absolutely every aspect, including how much the …
This East Sussex conservatory by Apropos made a splash by linking two outbuildings together to create one property; and provided a sun room for the property’s outdoor swimming pool and patio area.
A similar structure would cost approximately £70,000 (including VAT).
A project undertaken by Apropos in East Sussex made a splash with its joined-up thinking.
A bespoke link conservatory between two outbuildings helped create one property, whilst also providing a beautiful sun room to complement the property’s outdoor …
Licking the beaters, rolling pastry, cutting cookies and kneading dough, getting fingers sticky and flour everywhere; anyone who can remember cooking, and especially baking, with their parents when they were children, will know how special it can be and will want to remake those same memories with their own little ones.
At Apropos, baking is one of our favourite family activities. A simple, fun and fulfilling pastime, baking isn’t just an affordable option for filling a few dull …
The summer holidays are with us again, bringing with them that perennial question: what are we going to do with the children?!
You’ll notice the use of the interrobang (the combined ?! symbols); a punctuation trend frowned upon by the educational establishment, but incredibly useful when posing a mildly panicked rhetorical question. Because, while in theory a six week break spent with one’s offspring can sound like a perfect delight, in practise, once the boredom kicks in you may find that none of you are smiling.
The solution? Get the …
We’re often asked about whether or not our structures are suitable for listed and period properties, and whilst each individual property will be subject to varying planning rules and regulations, it can certainly be done – as evidenced by this contemporary conservatory for a listed property which we’ve dusted of from the archives to share with you today.
c.£40k for a similar bespoke structure
To create a bright …
Building a beautiful bespoke glass extension is a big investment, so while you can be sure that the architectural design will be flawless, you need to put serious consideration into what’s going to go into it once it’s finished.
To give you some inspiration for your new conservatory, we’ve looked at some of our favourite projects over the years and tapped into the expertise of some of the UK’s best loved interior stylists and bloggers to bring you the ultimate guide to furnishing your conservatory.
Bring the outdoors inside
This bright, modern Huddersfield kitchen diner has been opened up by a bespoke glass and aluminium structural design by Apropos. Here’s how we did it!
Our client wanted a kitchen that was multi-functional, highly contemporary and fully adaptable for exploiting the adjoining patio and garden for family and social use. The resulting design consists of one house-wide extension that consists of two clearly defined glass features consisting of separate aluminium bi-folding doors and …
If you’re already dreaming of a glazed Christmas, your timing is perfect – homeowners looking to install a Christmas orangery should be considering their options now, according to conservatory experts.
A bespoke glass extension of any kind, cannot be created overnight. As a unique piece of architectural design, a modern orangery by Apropos, takes time to devise, create and install. And, depending on whether or not your orangery requires planning permission, …
Today, we’re taking a look back at one of our favourite projects; an award winning new build atrium set in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Our atrium provides a link between two solid wings of it’s new build host building, and provides a beautiful space to sit and enjoy the views.
To work alongside Architect; Owen Lloyd, and Structural Engineer; Andrew Thomas, on the construction of a new build home for Mr and Mrs Jenkins. Apropos were commissioned to design …
Start any conversation about architecture, anywhere, with anyone, and you can guarantee that within the first five minutes, form and function will be mentioned.
Goodness knows, we’ve mentioned them enough on these Apropos blog pages! They are the ever-driving forces behind the craft, the yin and the yang that make up the whole, but can they be separated and prioritised? Is it possible to say which matters most?
It’s easy to hazard that for the majority of people the gut instinct …
Apropos was proud to provide a complete glazing service for this award-winning, new-build project in Cheshire, alongside Calderpeel, a Manchester based architectural practice with whom we’ve worked on many spectacular projects.
c.£210,000 (exc. external and internal construction work. The work was VAT exempt.)
The project involved fitting all the glazing throughout the new build project. This included an impressive glazed corridor that linked a beautiful open-plan side kitchen and living space with the rest of the property. This area was complemented by sets of folding, sliding doors that …
When it comes to entertaining guests, bi-folding doors have the X Factor – and that’s official.
It has been reported that X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, and his TV producer-director fiancée Dee Koppang, recently had bi-folding doors fitted in 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 is almost like our downstairs living …
Apropos was proud to be involved in this sympathetic, high-spec renovation project – designing and installing the orangery’s rooflight, folding sliding doors and windows.
Four-bedroomed, ground floor, period apartment
£23,000 (exc. external and internal construction work)
Reason for the extension?
The orangery replaced a tired, timber-framed conservatory that was beginning to rot.
Why an orangery, rather than a conservatory?
The owners wanted to give the property a ‘wow’ factor, whilst retaining some elements of traditional design. …
Back in the days before cheap package holidays abroad became the mainstay of the British holiday scene, Apropos had a holiday attraction to match Blackpool Tower or Brighton Pier. Rhyl’s Floral Hall was so popular with tourists that it was bestowed the ‘Royal’ prefix.
Opened in 1959, it was built by Apropos’ predecessors, Hartley Botanic, for the local council. It immediately became a huge favourite with visitors enjoying the exotic plants and foliage that thrived in the warm, favourable conditions inside the Hall.
Unfortunately, holiday tastes changed, …
So, summer is finally here and with it comes the usual round of design gurus spouting their must-have trends for the body, the garden and the home. At Apropos we prefer to take an original approach, so this is our guide to decorating downfalls and trends to take with a pinch of salt.
Animal magnetism – For years now, designers have been trying to tempt us into investing in animal print decor; zebra stripe wallpaper, leopard print rugs, giraffe spot upholstery and cow hide everything else. It comes in natural …
We’ve just finished working on some updates to the blog section of our site and plan to continue making some ongoing improvements – to ensure our blog remains the best place to get all the info you need for inspiration and insights into the world of architecture in glass.
We value all of your feedback very highly and hope you’ll get in touch with us to let us know what you’d like to hear more about. …
It is always satisfying to see the completion of a new Apropos project, but more so when it can be compared with what went before. Here are three case studies of Apropos projects that show the difference before and after installation
Case study 1: Edwardian property gets new lease of life with lean-to conservatory
This Edwardian home in Stourbridge benefits enormously from an infill, lean-to conservatory; designed, manufactured and installed by Apropos.
After 20 years occupancy, the owners felt the time was right to extend their living space, by converting …
Man has been cultivating herbs for centuries, using them for their medicinal, preservative and flavour-enhancing properties. Despite their reputation however, herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, even for those with limited space. As summer is the very best herb growing season, we thought we’d give you a handy Apropos guide to 10 herbs that will spice up your summer.
Basil – Distinctively flavoursome and aromatic, basil is a bright, attractive plant, which is extremely happy growing in …
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 …
Along with modern innovation and progress, more and more options become available to us in all walks of life – but it can sometimes be a little challenging to understand what’s on offer. From the latest mobile phone handsets, to the best places to eat, how do you know what to choose and which options are best for you?
At Apropos, we’re bespoke, everything we design, manufacture and install is …
It’s almost summer – when everything is fresh, new and green; flowers are both budding and blooming; the bees are in a frenzy over the wealth of pollen and nectar; and the lawns are not yet frazzled. It’s the ideal time to sit in your – hopefully, Apropos – conservatory with doors open and a cup of tea in hand, and take stock of your green resources.
If your fingers are not naturally green, the garden in summer can seem a bit overwhelming; simply knowing where the propagated plants end …
For over 50 years Apropos have been designing, manufacturing and installing breathtaking glass and aluminium structures for use in stately homes and domestic properties alike; each one unique, and each one perfectly tailored to our clients needs.
Still today we design and manufacture our bespoke aluminium and glass extensions right here from our Manchester based factory, before heading out across the UK to marry them with …
Come take a closer look at one of our most popular projects today as we talk you through the work we did at a property in Manchester; marrying home with garden, and extending the property with a modern pen plan kitchen extension.
Mr Veulemans, who was already undergoing major renovation works within his Manchester home, wanted to add an …
With modern glass and aluminium structures, the days where conservatories were abandoned, along with the flip flops, at the end of every August, only to be reopened in time for a Spring cleaning, are far behind us; now you can be comfortable in your glass structure every day of the year.
Our resident Sales Manager; Paul Schofield, tells us how.
Will a modern conservatory affect insulation within client’s homes …
This spring, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is hosting a programme of exhibitions and events celebrating the major British architects and architectural developments of the last 260 years. It’s a fascinating story covering all aspects of the craft and projects from all over the world, led by British design teams. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models, the programme demonstrates the prowess of Britannia and how our comparatively small country has made its mark, from London to Hong Kong.
Ever increasing standards in the aluminium windows industry means aluminium windows are stronger, slimmer and more energy efficient than ever before; providing you with unrivalled standards in quality and value over competitor products such as uPVC or wood.
Apropos is one company leading the way, with our aluminium windows boasting the highest energy rating of ‘A’ and a U-value of 1.6 W/m²K; which is all well and good if you’re technically …
We’re often asked about which structure would be best for particular clients, and always asked what the differences between our structure types are. Being a bespoke company, we find it hard to define the different structures we design, as each one is actually just another bespoke structure. However, there are a few ways to tell your way around the three main structure types – which we’ll share with you today.
“The construction of a bespoke glass and aluminium extension is not something that can be completed overnight,” says Apropos’ expert designer, Paul Schofield. “It requires a lot of thought and consideration by the client, and a certain amount of patience. All Apropos’ extensions are wholly bespoke, and a lot of time is required to agree the proposed design with the clients, secure planning permission if it is required, and manufacture the structure before it can be installed.
“Ordinarily, from the point of order, a typical Apropos structure will take 16 weeks …
Planning can be a minefield, and even the most carefully planned and designed project can come a cropper at the planning stage. Nonetheless, some great structures can be created within permitted development rights.
For instance, adding a conservatory to a house is considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, subject to the limits and conditions listed below:
No more than half the area of land around the “original house” would be covered by additions or …
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.
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 …
*Gasp!* What a scurrilous accusation, we thought, when reading through our lovely supporter’s comments on Facebook and discovered that someone, who shall remain nameless, had likened one of our conservatories to a… a… to a McDonald’s!
Now, while we’re all partial to the occasional ‘golden arches’ indulgence, when it comes to architectural statements, it’s not really the look we’re going for. Ok, so we admit that a few of the elements are the same; we use a lot of glass and aluminium plays its part in both Apropos and McDonald’s …
Conservatories are increasing in popularity and when every penny counts, they are the most affordable and sensible way of improving your home without making what can be the tremendous effort of moving house.
Apart from making your house look great, they create that vital, versatile, extra space, which most homes are in need of. What extra space could your home benefit from?
Many people have over-sized gardens that aren’t always used to their full potential, (especially in …
No matter what you’re up to this week, we all know that the school holidays can be a hectic time, when all you want to do is sit back and relax, you find yourself instead burning the candle at both ends; if only to cram in a few extra moments of entertainment for the little ones.
This year, the weathers warmer than usual, …
Glass and aluminium structures have been synonymous with innovative, cutting edge architecture since Apropos’ forefather: Vincent Hartley, patented his first aluminium greenhouse design in 1938.
Where Vincent led many followed and today glass and aluminium buildings dominate the skylines of some our world’s most important cities. The strength and weather-resistance of aluminium is what marks it out above all other materials for the construction of these colossal sky scrapers; allowing for more unconventional designs to be realised and boundaries pushed.
A new, bespoke conservatory could be just the thing for beating the current malaise in the British housing market.
The miserable state of the market, after what looked like a promising boost in sales last year, means many homeowners are once again, opting to say in their current homes and refurbish them, rather than attempt a move. With this mind, some homeowners are looking to extend their properties, and one great way is with the addition of a bespoke conservatory.