Ask The Expert: The Apropos Journey

Published on 8th April 2017

“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 to be installed if planning permission is not required, and 26 weeks if planning permission is required.

“They do say ‘good things come to those who wait’; and for style, cutting edge technology and rigorous adherence to thermal and energy efficiency regulations, a bespoke extension cannot be beaten.”

Here’s how the Apropos journey works:

Before ordering

BEFORE: A property (above) prior to the construction of its new extension.

Before beginning your project, you should consider whether or not to employ an architect to design your new extension and project manage its construction. At the very least, your chosen architect should be RIBA registered. If however, you wish to project manage the build yourself, you’ll will need to organise tradesmen such as builders or kitchen fitters, as well as taking responsibility for all of the internal fixtures and fittings.

In the absence of a project manager Apropos can design, manufacture, and install the glass and aluminium structure on your behalf; as well as submit plans for planning approval if required, so all you need to do is look forward to having the new space within your home.

After your initial contact with Apropos, an Apropos designer will meet with you to discuss your requirements. Your local designer will discuss your wishes with you, sketch out draft proposals, and take basic measurements. If needed, the designer will also organise a show site visit to one of our previous structures.

The designer will then meet with you for a second time with completed 3D visualisations of the proposed structure. If you’re happy to proceed, then the order for the structure will be placed. Otherwise, revisions will be made and a third date set for you to view these changes.

Following the order

DURING: The construction of the new extension is underway (above).

Once an order has been placed, you will then need to ensure that all building work is carried out to the exact requirements of the proposed structure, and that it is completed in time to meet the installation date.

In the meantime, Apropos will undertake the following:

BY WEEK 3 Survey undertaken and drawings submitted to client.
BY WEEK 5 Planning drawings completed and approved by client.
WEEK 6 General Arrangement Drawings (GAD) approved by client.
WEEK 11 Manufacture of structure completed, and installation date arranged.
WEEK 14 Planning approval received from local planning authority.
WEEK 16 General Arrangement Drawings (GAD) approved by client. Installation of structure completed.
WEEK 21 Manufacture of structure completed, and installation date arranged.
WEEK 26 Installation of structure completed.

[NB: Times are approximate and may vary according to the individual requirements of each project.]

Following the installation of the structure, the client will have to ensure that any remaining building work – such as the installation of new fixtures and fittings – is undertaken by the relevant tradesmen.

AFTER: The magnificent new extension is complete (above). 

Depending on the work required this may add an extra month’s work on to the completion date of the new extension. However, the wait will be worth it as the your new bespoke structure will be nothing short of sensational, ready to stand the test of time and with a full ten year guarantee, for peace of mind.

To start your Apropos journey today, book your design consultation or download a copy of our buying guide here. 
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