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Conservatories, like plants and flowers thrive in sunshine. They become brilliant spaces to spend the morning; sipping coffee with a copy of your favourite newspaper, or watching the children play, just beyond your sanctuary, as you relax under glazed skies.
In summer the conservatory shines day or night, brightening up the season. All the while, helping you make the most of precious sun filled days. But when winter rolls around, we often forgo the conservatory until summer once again appears.
At Apropos, though, we believe the conservatory isn’t just a …
Step in through the doors of the French’s property and you could almost feel like you’ve come home. Almost? Although it emanates warmth, welcome and effortless tranquillity, there are very few homes that could boast a kitchen as beautiful as this one.
Hand-crafted, pastel-toned wooden cabinets sit snugly within a cosy, naturally-lit interior, fingers of sunlight caressing every available surface. The polished limestone flooring blends seamlessly with the outdoors seating area and herb garden, through the expansive folding-sliding doors, creating a sense of limitless space and freedom unusual in such …
Autumn is upon us, but rather than lamenting the passing of summer it’s time to embrace the season! Autumn is a time for chunky knits, hot chocolate and walks through fallen leaves. It’s a time for comfort and catching up with friends in a cosy space to call your own.
Autumn then, is a season to take a little time for yourself. To head indoors with loved ones, light some …
It’s strange to think that there was once a time – not that many years ago – when the kitchen wasn’t the place to be.
The kitchen used to be a place of drudgery. Anyone who was anyone would never have dreamed of setting foot in theirs. The kitchen was the realm of the workers, hidden away a la Downton Abbey. Later down the line, kitchens were small, dark spaces were food was prepared, before being transported to the dining room in houses big and small.
Today though, the kitchen …
Is there anything more pleasurable on a cold winter’s day than sitting in a patch of sunshine smiling in through a south-facing window? It might not be particularly warm, but the brightness of those beautiful bathing beams stimulate the senses, summoning a sensation of serenity and optimism.
The orangery has had a place in British architecture since the 18th century, and although it now has less of an overtly horticultural …
Summer has come to a close and those of us who enjoy getting out in the garden have been forced to pack our trowels away for another year. Don’t be too disheartened though! With an Apropos glass extension – or even just a well positioned window – you can bring the planting inside.
Plants bring no end of benefits to the home. They purify the air, aid concentration and make us …
Extending your home is likely to be an expensive business, but there’s no reason to spend money when you don’t have to. Here are a few tips from us, on how to cut costs without cutting corners.
10 Ways to Save When You Extend
Plan, Plan…and then plan some more.
A well-planned project will always be more cost-effective than one carried out on the hoof.
Brick walls, folding doors and roof lantern; an orangery is an orangery is an orangery, is it not? No, not. Definitely not.
Perhaps you’ll think this salesman’s whatnot, but there’s really no what in our considerable not. Apropos contemporary orangeries are as alike our competitor’s as the fruit that gave them their name are like the Great British apple… Which is to say, not at all!
As apples and …
When you think of a conservatory, it’s difficult not to picture a white uPVC box bolted on to the back of your property. Even today, with modern conservatories becoming more and more popular, the word conservatory isn’t very inspiring.
We’re here to change that with a look at some incredible conservatories from around the world. Take a look and see what you think…
Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
While not a conservatory most could aspire to (although we’re happy to help you if you wanted one leading from …
There are few changes to the home more exciting than a new kitchen extension. Your kitchen could change from the purely functional to the very epicentre of your home. It’s not an inexpensive process however, so it pays to get things right first time.
So, how do you go about getting the best from your kitchen extension?
The Apropos portion of your kitchen extension, might be complete when the last bolt has been tightened. At which point it’s up to you to complete your beautifully bespoke new kitchen. With our …
The architectural atrium was developed in Italy – like so many stunning things. So it stands to reason that atria are often lorded as the gleaming, sparkling architectural star of a building. More and more though, we’re seeing homeowners embarking on atria of their very own. An atrium can form the heart of a home, introduce light throughout and create add some serious kerb appeal.
Like everything else we do, our atria are …
With the sun shining, our structures are coming into their own up and down the country. So, today, we thought we’d take a look at a rather special project. This majestic glazed link way adorns Kenton Lodge, a luxury retirement home located just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The architecture of Kenton Lodge has evolved over time. Each change made to meet the needs of its residents and expand the ways in which the space can be used. The retirement …
Glamorous camping. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? While camping is undoubtedly fun in the right conditions, most of the time the cramped living space, the grime and the bathroom facilities tend to detract from any thoughts of glamour.
Filling your days with lots of activities is a good way to keep the kids busy throughout the school holidays though. So, what do you do? Compromise on the luxury villa for a 4 man tent in the lakes instead?
Why not look closer to home?
Even a trip to …
We’ve talked before about the role the greenhouse might play in avoiding a potential future food crisis. A popular theory is that city roofscapes will be transformed by the addition of beautiful and functional gardens and greenhouses on the tops of flats, office blocks and shopping centres.
With that in mind, we thought that we’d take a look at some of the other ways our buildings might change to accommodate a future with fewer resources, less space and more people.
The Passivhaus was developed in Germany to minimise …
It’s summertime! Well…British summertime. Which can only mean one thing. Tropical heat one day followed by thunderstorms and clouds the next. So, with the weather being so unpredictable, we wanted to take this opportunity to show off a little about how our designs can handle any weather. Whether that’s rain in summer or a chilly winter…
The days of abandoning one’s conservatory, along with your flip flops, at the end of August, are far behind us. Now you can be comfortable in your glass structure every day of the year.
Conservatories have been a very British phenomenon ever since the building of The Crystal Palace in London. Way back when old Queen Vic still sat on the throne, and British innovation was at its height.
The Crystal Palace was, and still is, a marvel of engineering. Large enough to allow carriages to journey through and tons of people to gather. A …
As our lives grow around us, so too must our homes. The home is a base, somewhere to hang your hat…or your laptop, at the end of a long day. Which is why the lay out of any home is just as important as that of the office. Whilst companies spend millions making the perfect environment for productivity though, we rarely give our homes the same treatment.
So what …
In architecture, as in all other fields of design, trends come and go. There is, however, one design element that’s been at the height of vogue since the Romans discovered how to make it. It’s only hiatus coming for a brief 200 year spell when that pesky window tax was ruthlessly enforced. We are, of course, talking about glazing.
Unlike other fads, the tide of glass’ popularity just keeps swelling. Advancing technology has allowed for a widening of applications, leading to an ever evolving industry. Apropos is responsible for no …
Modern conservatories are an ever more appealing concept to many of us. Whether you think of them as bespoke conservatories, glass extensions or something we’ve yet to hear, they transform spaces like nothing else.
When it comes to extending, you want to future proof. Opting for something modern achieves this, along with a whole host of benefits. Whilst a standard brick extension will do the job of creating more space, it can’t offer the added bonuses a modern glass design can. Being able to sit and enjoy your garden by …
It’s commonly held that many dogs resemble their owners. Psychologists have even revealed that far from being just a bit of fun, this is one maxim that actually holds some truth. It’s a similar inclination that urges us all to make our homes our own. We all want to live in spaces that reflect us and we use architecture and interior design to do so.
Extending a property is a very personal project. Which is why all of Apropos structures are entirely bespoke. We’re able to create glazed …
For many of us, the house we own is simply a stepping stone. Sure, you loved the place wholeheartedly when you moved in, but the novelty soon wore off. Now you’re longing for the next home, the new home, the bigger bedrooms and the open plan kitchen. You can forget to love the home you own, amid fantasies of the one you want.
At Apropos we take pride in what we do. So we can understand the lure of home improvement and the satisfaction that can come with creating something new. For more than fifty years we’ve worked to fashion the very best in form and function. Beautifully bespoke, precision engineered, glass buildings that deliver on every level.
We’re experts at what we do. We’ve been doing it for decades, so we know exactly what we’re doing. When it comes to designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke conservatories or extensions, we’re your guys. It …
The Office of National Statistics has stated that the number of self-employed people in the UK is at its highest since records began. With more than 15% of workers finding new ways to earn a living, you’ll now find people hard at work…at home.
All told, the number of those working from home is around 4.2 million people. That’s an awful lot of productivity boosting space to find!
Working from home comes with plenty of benefits. Your hours are more flexible, your days more your own and you’ll cut down …
Swimming pools aren’t a common feature of residential properties here in the UK. Whilst many of may not have the space, we certainly don’t have the weather! Even in summer time swimming outdoors can be a chilly affair, and who knows when rain will fall. It’s hardly surprising that so few of us boast our own personal pools.
At Apropos though, we have the perfect solution! A bespoke glass and aluminium pool house that allows you shelter from the elements, without taking nature out of the equation.
We’ve been designing architecture in glass of the highest quality and standards for decades now. With award winning designs that stand the test of time, add value, space and light to your home. All helping to bring your property firmly into the future.
Glazing though, is a constantly evolving industry, which is why we’re always on the lookout for ways to keep our offerings fresh and our sight-lines small. Our Apropos system currently offers some of the slimmest sight-lines on the market. Along with the highest thermal efficiency ratings and …
Spring is here and with it comes the conservatory season! Finally you get a chance to enjoy the extra space in your home, blur boundaries between inside and out and fling open those sliding doors. Of course, everyone knows that conservatories are just for summer…but is that really the case?
Our structures, are far more than just conservatories. They’ve started quite the debate on Facebook, in fact. Glass extension or conservatory? Either …
Temperatures have been steadily rising and there’s no denying that summer is well and truly on its way. Spring has sprung, so if you’re looking to spend summer in your Apropos glass extension, orangery or conservatory now’s the time to start planning.
If you’ve already got one, here are a few ways to make it, and the rest of your home, ship shape for the season!
While most of us …
Conservatory design has come a long way in recent years. Particularly in the affordability of bespoke, made to order, conservatory options.
When you can have a unique conservatory designed to match your exact requirements, why would anyone settle for anything less?
Why Choose a Bespoke Conservatory?
Bespoke conservatories are conceived of and created just for you; adding space, value and some serious kerb appeal to your property. Whatever you need from your home improvement project, a bespoke conservatory can provide it.
Whereas off the peg designs come as they are, …
It’s said that ‘people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’. These days though, it would take a pretty large stone to do any more damage than scratch the glazing. Thanks to the tough and durable qualities of the glass used in all of Apropos’ contemporary glass extensions.
Our bespoke glass extensions are of the highest quality; built to survive the rigours of modern, family life and the extremes of British weather. We adhere, and often exceed, to tough British standards; achieving some of the best energy and efficiency …
Spring is here at last. Bringing new beginnings and fresh starts. As new life appears all around in nature, thoughts turn to new projects. So, as Easter approaches it’s full speed ahead for DIY, gardening, self and home improvement.
If home improvement is on your agenda for spring you have a pretty exciting time ahead. Planning, problem solving, designing, constructing, primping and preening.
Building work of any kind has …
There is a case to be made that all architecture has an impact on human beings. However subtle that impact may be. Is architecture just about keeping us sheltered, or does it have a bigger part to play in all our lives?
Architecture as a social catalyst is a difficult theory to substantiate. Who could honestly argue that a building had changed the world? Perhaps the doings inside a building could make that claim…but not the building itself. However, that buildings can change lives, outlooks and communities, is a simpler …
It’s said to be the hottest February on record, so we can’t help but look ahead to spring and summer. Of course. no summer would be complete without a splash in the pool! Even with hotter weather than ever though, UK meteorologists can’t promise clear skies all summer long. So, why not consider housing that glorious pool, in a gorgeous glass pool house?
A modern pool house can be used all-year, proving it’s worth far beyond spring and summer. When the weather warms up, bi-folding or sliding doors allow you …
Powder coating is something that each and every one of our structures undergoes. It helps to protect their aluminium frameworks, gives a high maintenance finish and provides the colour of choice for each new structure. What is it powder coating though, and why do we choose to use it?
Powder coating is simply a way of applying paint – in the colour of your choice – to our bespoke aluminium frames. By using a six-step testing process, our in house powder coating plant can produce consistent, high-quality paint coverage across …
Winter is often a time for introspection. There are two ‘Blue Mondays’ in January alone! That’s reason enough, we think, to consider all the good winter brings, in an attempt to channel some serious PMA. So this week we’ve been talking about our favourite parts of winter; weather and all!
Here’s what Apropos HQ came up with!
Raindrops on [glazed] rooftops – Recently, a Facebook comment alerted us to the fact that not everyone enjoys the sound of rain on a conservatory. For us, it’s one of life’s pleasures. While we …
Meet Paul Schofield, one of our very own award winning designers as we #asktheexpert a few questions we often hear from those considering a bespoke apropos extension.
Q: What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
A: Clean, clear lines are popular, coupled with workable designs that accommodate everyday needs. Form and function can easily go hand-in-hand, so long as designers apply them in equal measure.
Q: What are …
Considering a home improvement project for the New Year?
Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, to help get you started!
What is the best material for my frameworks?
Aluminium is the best material for a bespoke conservatory. Of course, we would say that…but hear us out.
Aluminium is strong, maintenance free and lasts a lifetime. In comparison, timber frames can be high …
As the new year opens, it’s the perfect chance to evaluate what we want from life and how we want to live. New beginnings bring endless possibility! Whilst it’s tempting to reflect on what not to do in the new year, it’s far nicer to consider what you can change.
You see, the problem with New Year’s resolutions is that most of us opt to stop doing whatever it is that we secretly love doing. So, even if we do manage to stick with our self denial for a time, it’s not …