Yearly Archives: 2018

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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 (and drank), gifts to be wrap, 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 …

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Christmas is almost here and  celebrations are set to take place in dining rooms across the land.

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With families tucking into their Christmas dinners, dining rooms become the heart of the yuletide revelry. Many families will be enjoying the added festive ambience that bespoke, glass and aluminium dining rooms can bring to their Christmas Day activities.

With a long history designing marvellous dining spaces, we can create bespoke dining rooms to fit your exact requirements. So …

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Aluminium windows are slimmer than ever before, thanks to the continuing hard work of industry design teams, such as those here at Apropos.

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For instance, the super slender aluminium windows now offered by Apropos measure just 43mm to the outer frame.

As our design engineer Brian Britch, explains, “Our aluminium windows adhere to a similar ratings system to that which is used for white goods such as washing machines. The …

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Apropos’ glass and aluminium structures are super thermal and energy efficient (despite what you might read in the Facebook comments sections of our ads). Putting those ‘expert’ opinions aside for the moment, we’re looking into the myriad techniques we use to keep you toasty in winter and cool, calm and collected throughout summer.

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Conforming to (and oft times beating) the highest regulatory thermal and energy efficiency standards, our structures …

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15th

Nov

Winter Warmers

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As the nights draw in around us and the days become shorter it’s always nice to know there’s a cosy spot waiting when the day is done. If you were to ask us here at Apropos, we’d tell you that there’s no better place the comfort of a bespoke Apropos conservatory, orangery or extension. Then again…of course we would!

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Not so long ago, a greenhouse was the most exciting glass structure that most people would come across.  Some might say it’s the Kevin McCloud effect. Others, the advancement of technology. At Apropos, we like to put it down to simple good taste and attainable quality. Either way, there is no denying that glass extensions are very much in vogue.

From conservatories and verandas to bespoke orangeries and full-height atria. With so many homeowners adorning their dwellings with beautiful designs of glass, bricks and mortar are beginning to appear positively …

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Autumn is a glorious season. Despite bespoke conservatories and glass extensions being more associated with summer, we still love autumn here at Apropos. If you already own one though, you’ll already know the wonder of relaxing in your orangery when rougher weather abounds. Think cosy feelings of warmth, hot drinks and throw cushions as you watch the world go by.

In Autumn, we tend to hibernate – …

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Apropos has a heritage dating back over seven decades – and it’s a heritage built on glasshouses.

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In 1938 our founder; Vincent Hartley, patented his first aluminium glasshouse design.

Vincent was influenced by the glasshouses of the Victorian period.  He, however, believed that these glasshouse designs could be improved – by using aluminium frames instead of iron.

With this in mind he set about creating new, innovative and modern designs. Vincent began with the simple premise that glasshouse design should be clean and …

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In the past few years the UK has seen a major trend towards improving your current home. Whether that’s to avoid a move, or to make a move a little more with while. Whatever your reason, it’s always nice to save some wonga when it comes to home improvement. Without scrimping on quality, of course.

Can you have the best of both …

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A recent survey revealed that rural workers would need a minimum 150% pay increase in order to afford a home in the area they grew up in. Even in towns and cities many people are struggling to find the funds to purchase a home. So what’s the solution? Possibly, it’s lowering our expectations.

While most of us realise that compromises need to be made. The ‘dream home’ will be a long time …

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Facebook, it’s a wonderful things and it’s really changed the way we do business. Being able to interact with all of you, show off the latest images and share news about our projects directly is a wonderful thing. We especially love hearing from clients and potential clients and getting an insight into your favourite designs.

So today, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some of the Facebook comments that have caught our eye over the last few months.

We’ll start, if you’ll …

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Wan’t summer lovely? A true scorcher! And just as we were all getting used to it though, the darker, colder nights are setting in again. It’s all for the best in the long run, but it doesn’t stop us from bemoaning the loss of all that lovely sunshine and those long, lazy evenings.

There are very many things to love about glass architecture – the look, the …

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Game of Thrones might be far more fantastical than our mundane reality, but one thing’s for certain; winter is most definitely coming. The sun has set on the summer and with autumn now in the air, it’s time we started preparing for the colder bought of weather headed our way.

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Luckily, there’ll be no white walkers to contend with, but even so the British winters can be harsh – on ourselves, …

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For most people gardening in autumn is all about trees. The leaves turn, and burnished, float to the ground, their colours adding vibrancy to the dullest of days. Maples and Acers are the kings and queens of the season, producing burning oranges, glowing yellows and warm tones of red.

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Glory in the spectacle, or begrudge the raking you know will follow, it is impossible not to be awed by the display – …

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Contemporary Orangery
Design with a capital D may sometimes seem pretentious. There’s something about it which easily alienates, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

In reality, Design is little more than a collection of statement pieces pulled together to create a cohesive whole.  It’s a great way to showcase your unique personality. Good aesthetic Design is unique to each and every one of us. So, bringing ‘it’ into the home is a fairly simple process – just do you!

It could take the form of a series of small touches …

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At Apropos we’ve long been known for the quality of our designs and structures. It is important to us that your garden room, whatever it is used for, delivers exactly what you expected of it. Not just in the days and weeks following construction, but in the long term. While the original French ateliers were originally rather haphazard, lean-to structures which constantly evolved in form and function, modern life calls for something a little more stable and we pride ourselves in our ability to deliver just that.

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15th

Aug

Make a Splash!

Swimming pools are perhaps the most aspirational additions to the home. There’s just one problem…the Great British weather. After the summer we’ve had, you’d be forgiven for thinking an outdoor pool a great investment. We’ve had a spectacular summer, after all. Think about it a little longer though, and you’ll soon spot the flaw of logic – which is exactly where an Apropos Pool House can come into play.

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New Build homes are a great excuse to inject some of your personality into their architecture.

For many, self building is the ultimate dream. That dream, though, isn’t just about crafting the perfect space. It’s also about making your mark on the world and leaving something behind.

For the vast majority, building your own home might feel like an unattainable dream. Something you’ll do when you win the lottery, or all your other dreams come true. It needn’t be such a daunting idea though. A design can still be special on a smaller scale.

At Apropos we offer bespoke designs, exquisite craftsmanship and the chance for our customers to create …

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We’re now part way through the UK’s national Wishful Thinking Week, and this got us thinking. At Apropos, our bespoke nature means we can deliver you the extension you’ve always dreamed as. We’re in the business of wish fulfillment, in that respect, and love seeing our unique extensions do just that. So, with a whole week dedicated to wishful thinking – what are you going to do about it?

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Back in 2015, chocoholics the world over were gnashing their teeth upon hearing that the beautiful cocoa bean was under threat.  It turned out that, we were eating more of the stuff than ever before (we’re talking in generalities here, not just the Apropos office!). Additionally, new strains of disease had also been attacking the trees of the primary cocoa-producing countries. Thus, we were threatened with the very real risk that chocolate would become a thing of the past.

Luckily though, humankind …

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A ruin is more interesting than a freshly completed building; it shows the effects of time and experience.
Walker Evans, photographer.

There is a petrol station in Nottinghamshire with Grade II listed status. Disused now, this one-time roadside filling station has a great, swooping winged canopy that has something of the Sydney Opera House in its style. Designed in the 1960s, it has a futuristic swagger which manages to capture some of the excitement and ‘go-getting’ attitude of the age. Yet in 2012 the structure was slated for …

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Taking on a home improvement project can be a daunting prospect. No matter how much you want it! The thought of planning and organising alone can leave you in need of a good lie down. Whether you are attempting a small repair or a complete overhaul, though, there are a number of steps that you can take to help smooth your path.

5 Ways to Take the Stress out of your Home …

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28th

Jun

Great Escapes

The great summer exodus is well under way, but with the heat wave we’re enjoying, seeing summer sun abroad isn’t as necessary as it once was. . The staycation, therefore, is becoming a much more prevalent feature of British life. With sun shining on our lawns and more and more ways to enjoy outdoor living arriving in the UK, why wouldn’t we make the most of it?

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At Apropos, our bespoke extensions and …

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When it comes to extending your home, you’ll face an array of choices. Brickwork? Glass? A bit of both? Where should you extend? And what should you avoid doing? The questions can become overwhelming. So, we’ve put together our guide to choosing the right extension, to make things a little easier.

We’ll run through the options with you, and take a look at the pros and cons for each. 

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The great escape from city living to country life is something many people dream of. The  problem is though, that the grass is always greener. Even if that proverbial grass is in the city. So, why not get the best of both worlds? Fulfil your dream of flitting off to the countryside…but take the city with you!        

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When you live in the city you get used …

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Space! It’s a national epidemic. There just isn’t any more room! New builds are getting smaller and house prices for roomier dwellings are on the rise.

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You might find yourself in a situation where you suddenly seem to outgrow your home. Like Alice, upon first entering wonderland, legs and arms hoisted through windows, a humongous head evacuating through the fireplace and panic on all sides.

Okay, so perhaps that’s a little dramatic. …

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Whether it’s your first or second house, you might find yourself in a situation where suddenly you realise you’ve outgrown your beloved home. Over time, your family may have increased (relatives or pets), you could be starting a home business and have outgrown your kitchen space, or, you might just find there’s not enough storage for your treasured belongings.

Move home or extend?

Moving house seems like the most obvious option – you may find a property with a bigger living space and a larger garden. Though, how much will …

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When you’re planning a beautiful new extension, you don’t want anything standing in your way.

Planning permission can be a real headache, but if your project needs it there can be severe penalties for not having it in place. Not all extensions and building projects will need planning permission, but the rules can be complicated and it’s not always easy to figure out.

To make …

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