Yearly Archives: 2018

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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 Improvement Project

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Great Escapes

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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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Lean-to conservatories are the most popular style of glass extension on the …

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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.

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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 life easier, we’ve created a simple planning permission calculator that will help you work out …

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