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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. DSCF5631

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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

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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 …

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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.
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The Details

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

The Brief

To create a bespoke glass extension, which complemented …

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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.

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The Details

Location: Oxfordshire

Size: 3m x 7m

Features: A single patio door, a double patio door and trick vents around the structure

Colour: RAL …

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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.

Location: Northamptonshire

Size: 3.5m x 4m

Features: High ridge lean-to.

Colour: RAL1015, Light Ivory

The Brief

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 …

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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.

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Location: Hertfordshire

Size: 5.5m x 2.5m

Features: Folding sliding doors, patio doors and roof light

Colour: RAL 7015, Slate Grey

The Brief

The client was looking to extend their living area with …

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21st

Oct

A Winters Tale

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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.

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These images, kindly shared with us by the architects, of a stunningly modern kitchen extension …

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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.

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The Details

Location: Kendal, The Lake District Dimensions: Colour: RAL 7021 (Grey Black) Features: Barn conversion, full glazing project.

The Brief

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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.

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The Details

Order: Barton, 2645 | Location: Isle of Wight | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active | Features: 5 Leaf & …

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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Today’s case study perfectly showcases the bespoke nature of the Apropos design system, thanks to it’s unusual shape and entirely unique aspect.

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The Details

Order: Wells, 2601 | Location: Berkshire  Dimensions: 3100mm x 8380mm | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active Blue | Features: 3 Leaf Aprofold Doors & Automatic Ventilation.

The Brief

Our clients requested a quirky take on the traditional aesthetic for their orangery style extension. The couple, in their …

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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.

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The Details

Location: Nottinghamshire

Size: 7.5m …

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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.

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The Details 

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 …

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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.

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The Details

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 …

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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!
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Cost

Similar structures would cost around £65,000

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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.

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Cost

A similar structure would cost approximately £70,000 (including VAT).

Details

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 …

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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.
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Location

Birmingham

Cost

c.£40k for a similar bespoke structure

Brief

To create a bright …

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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!

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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 …

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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.

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To work alongside Architect; Owen Lloyd, and Structural Engineer; Andrew Thomas, on the construction of a new build home for Mr …

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

Cost

c.£210,000 (exc. external and internal construction work. The work was VAT exempt.)

Details

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 …

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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.
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Property Type

Four-bedroomed, ground floor, period apartment

Location

Edinburgh

Cost

£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. …

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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 …

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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. 

The Brief

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Mr Veulemans, who was already undergoing major renovation works within his Manchester home, wanted to add an …

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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.

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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 …

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*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 …

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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.

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Gone are the days when glass extensions were whatever homeowners desired – so long as they came in white uPVC. With today’s bespoke designs, homeowners have almost unlimited scope for their aspirations. Apropos’ Peter Holland provides a low down on the six key influences for glass extension design:

1.            What is the style of the original building?

Orangeries enhance listed and period properties.

“Some period or listed properties suit more subtle bespoke extensions that adhere to orangery designs,” says …

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People tend not to think much about doors and windows, but at Apropos, we believe that they can make the biggest impact in terms of interior design. Here are 10 things to consider if you’re looking for ways to revamp your home.

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Natural light is good for you – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. No matter the design – skylight or patio doors – having a source …

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Everywhere we look we’re bombarded with trends, with every season, in every part of our lives, and with influences coming from every part of the world, yet most of us lack the funds to update our decor on anything like a regular basis. Is it any wonder that we often find ourselves dissatisfied with our lot?

At Apropos we’re firm believers in the adage that a change is as good as rest, but we also think that change needn’t cost a fortune.

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20th

Jul

Influential Interiors: The Future of Eco-Friendly Interiors

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In our new Influential Interiors mini series we explore the worlds of prominent interior designers and innovative concepts.

This month Sarah, Creative Director of Bio Fires, talks to us about eco-fuel, tabletop burners, loved-up customers and why Apropos and Bio Fires fit together in the world of architecture and interior design.

First off, we have to know – how can Bio Fires work with Apropos conservatories and orangeries?

Bioethanol fireplaces would add to the contemporary look of Apropos conservatories and orangeries perfectly. This is …

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29th

Jun

The Summertime Orangery

Summer is obviously the season when all of our products here at Apropos, come into their own. With the summer sun shining down on us, it’s an easy step to thinking about how we can make more of everyone’s favorite season, and every one of our products is perfectly aligned to do so. Today, though, we’re focusing on the modern orangery.

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In the past, we’ve talked about how cosy an …

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27th

Apr

Planning The Perfect Conservatory Extension

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For homeowners wanting to build bespoke conservatory extensions, there are a number of issues you need to consider before getting your conservatory extension project off the ground:

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Whose design?

It pays to employ professionals to design your conservatory extension, but is it best to go for an independent architect or use the services of an in-house team at a conservatory extensions company?

In-house teams, like that at Apropos, …

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21st

Apr

A Truly Delicious Kitchen Extension

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An orangery-style kitchen extension has proved mouth wateringly delicious for a listed Edinburgh property.

We couldn’t resist taking a look at this marvellous kitchen extension once again. The property – a beautiful, listed four-bedroomed apartment located in the gorgeous Murrayfield district of the Scottish capital – was completely renovated, with Apropos proud to be involved in the sympathetic kitchen extension, …

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17th

Mar

Homes Are Opened Up By Folding Sliding Doors

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Up until recently, patio door systems were the door systems of choice for most homes, but that has all changed, thanks to the arrival of affordable folding sliding door systems in the British market. Folding sliding doors are opening up homes like never before, creating amazing living experiences for homeowners who have them installed.

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Greater flexibility is achieved with folding sliding doors that is not found with patio …

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6th

Mar

Walk This Way: Glazed Walkways

Glazed walkways are such a versatile feature; they can be added to an existing home to create a sheltered area which connects a courtyard, or used to bring disparate areas of a barn or similar conversion together as one. Alternatively, you could employ a glazed walk way as a room in its own right, to link two previously independent parts of your property together, or create a covered walk way which leads to the drive, and provides protection on wet and windy days.

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13th

Feb

More than Just a Conservatory: Designs to Transform Your Home

In recent years conservatories have received a bit of an unfair reputation for being ‘just a garden room’. Whilst this may have been the case in the past, it certainly isn’t now, as modern design techniques and building materials revolutionise home design.

Thinking of conservatories in terms of a ‘glass structure’ or a ‘glass extension’ will help you to envisage the many ways a bespoke conservatory could transform your home. Bringing together your garden and interior whilst adding space and light, can make your home feel like a totally different …

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25th

Jan

From Contemporary to Shabby Chic: Choosing a Beautiful Conservatory

When it comes to interior design we all know what we like, there may be trends and fads, but each of us has an underlying taste which will be present throughout our homes. Conservatories should be no different, gone are the days of mass produced, white UPVC additions, now your conservatory can reflect your taste and style just as much as the rest of your home does.

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4th

Dec

Can I Extend My Conservatory?

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Like any part of the home, from time to time your conservatory will need a bit of sprucing up. For some this can be fixed with some new pieces of furniture or a few potted plants but for others, a little more imagination is needed.

Old conservatories tend to be draughty conservatories, and draughty conservatories often get relegated to no man’s zones in the home. The same goes for cramped conservatories shut off from the home, those without any real purpose and conservatories or garden rooms which simply aren’t living …

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25th

Nov

Modern Kitchen Extensions: In The Frame

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If you’ve been following us on Facebook and Twitter for a while now, you may recently have noticed some of the new images we’ve been sharing. The latest of our bespoke structures to be photographed, The Frame Project is a modern kitchen extension with a retro twist.

We fell in love with The Frame Family’s design ideas from the moment we first heard about them and when the images of the finished project arrived at Apropos HQ, we couldn’t wait to show them off! There is something about the meeting …

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12th

Nov

Colour Your Conservatory

A while ago Dulux were running a very clever advertising campaign set in a (perfectly on trend) dystopic future, completely lacking in colour. By the end of the ad the entire city-scape is transformed, as citizens began to thwart the authorities and jazz up their white washed walls with all the colours of the rainbow.

Well, it seems to us, that the world of conservatories is much like that white washed city from the ‘before’ scenes of the Dulux ad – a landscape of white washed framework and uninspiring views …

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9th

Jul

Apropos Guide to Finding An Architect

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A good proportion of Apropos customers come to us with relatively simple projects in mind – they want a bespoke conservatory, or veranda, or they would like their existing ramshackle conservatory upgraded into a stylish new orangery. These are our bread and butter projects. We love them because they’re at the heart of what we do. The rest of our customers bring projects equally enjoyable, but presenting more of a challenge: an Apropos structure as part of a wider renovation; a full barn conversion; a new build; and that’s when …

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8th

Jun

Apropos Favourite Five: Bespoke Conservatories

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Finding inspiration for your perfect glazed extension can be tough. Sometimes seeing what other people have done can help you to work out what features do (and don’t) work for you. Last month we had a lot of interest in our favourite five veranda designs, so this month we thought that we’d take you on a tour of our top bespoke conservatories.

5. Small But Perfectly Formed – Big might often be beautiful, but this petite conservatory certainly doesn’t lack for style. Despite its position against a rustic stone …

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22nd

May

How Important is the past in modern architecture?

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Someone clever once said that the future is built on the ashes of the past. Nowhere is that statement more literally true than in architecture. New buildings rise, phoenix-like, atop the foundations of the old, but as these modern structures evolve can they truly be said to be bringing something new, or are they simply just carrying forward choice relics of the past, dusted clean of debris and presented as something fresh?

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16th

May

Apropos Favourite Five: Glass Verandas

Every so often at Apropos we like to look back and celebrate the bright ideas of our customers and designers who, working together, come up with some of the most extraordinary glass architecture. But, while it’s simple to sing the praises of a soaring atrium or handsome orangery, there’s one of our structures that we often overlook; the humble Veranda. Providing an intermediary place between the indoors and out, verandas can be the most flexible structures, and as our favourite five reveal, then can come in a variety of shapes …

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8th

May

Fusion Design from Apropos.

There’s much confusion about fusion design, particularly when it comes to architecture. While we can understand the reluctance – building things isn’t cheap, and it can be difficult to rectify problems once they’ve arisen – at Apropos we’re very much in favour of fusion design, just as long as it’s handled with integrity.

Although it might sound complicated, fusion design is simply the bringing together of contrasting styles; rough with …

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25th

Mar

Is a Lean to Conservatory right for you?

If you’re a regular visitor to the Apropos news pages, you’ll probably have noticed that there are a number of terms we bandy around quite often when discussing glass architecture. What we don’t often discuss is what those terms mean, and whether or not they’re likely to work for you, so today we thought that we’d take a look at one of our most popular items – the Lean-to Conservatory.

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5th

Mar

A Clear Connection

What comes to mind when you think of a glazed link way? Coming in an array of shapes, sizes and varieties; ‘glazed link way’ or ‘glazed walkway’ is a term often bandied when people don’t quite know how to describe an architectural feature. Consequently, confusion can arise.

On a domestic level, glazed walkways can be things of both utility and beauty, which add a whole new dimension to …

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24th

Feb

Opening Up…

What’s in a door? Would a door by any other name open as sweetly? While largely rectilinear, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made from a variety of materials, but the purpose of a door remains much the same: I open and close, therefore I am.
So why, at Apropos, do we need to offer three different types of door, when they’re all made out of glass? If you have a moment we’ll tell you!

Different doors suit different situations and choosing the right glazed …

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20th

Feb

Orangeries: Outside The Box

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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. It may only be February, but spring is definitely near at hand, and it’s for that feeling of hopefulness that we really love orangeries at this time of year.

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17th

Feb

Material Value: Aluminium, Wood or uPVC?

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When it comes to building glazed extensions home-owners are faced with a number of decisions. While size and shape are always priorities there is one further design element which should be given equal consideration: what the extension is to be made from. For the last few decades opinions have been split in regards to the best material for constructing frames, with uPVC, aluminium and wood sparring for the top spot. This week we thought we’d take a look at the pros and cons of each material in regards to five …

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12th

Feb

Marvelously Metallic!

Whether as a part of industrial chic or shiny modern minimalism, there is a growing design trend to bring metal into the home. While no one can deny the appeal of the lustre and shine that steel, copper and aluminium can bring, it can also have the unfortunate effect of making a home feel clinical, impersonal and cold. So how can you chase the trends without taking on scrap yard ambiance?

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11th

Feb

Roof lights: Know the Facts

Apex Roof Light by Apropos Conservatories
With more and more people extending their homes to maximise space potential, roof lights have become an increasingly important part of modern architecture, delivering an attractive, practical and financially viable natural light source.

Apex Roof Light by Apropos Conservatories

Available in various forms – flat, peaked, lantern – skylights can transform a dull, stuffy room into a bright and airy space, without taking up room on …

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30th

Jan

Structural Glazing: Creating a Classic

Structural Glass by Apropos Conservatories
Design, of any kind, is subject to fashion, and trends change at the drop of a hat. While couture and interiors can be fixed with relatively little expenditure, when it comes to architecture, you’re in it for the long haul, so when today’s classy cutting edge becomes tomorrow’s brutalist monstrosity, the choices are limited: like it; lump it; or foot the bill to change it.

With any domestic structure, whether building a home from scratch or adding an extension, it pays dividends to keep in mind that you’re building for …

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22nd

Jan

Finishing Touches: How to make your new Apropos extension feel like part of the home…

Building a home extension of any kind can be an exciting and engaging process; you plan; you commission; you prepare; you build; then you… Umm… Well, actually a surprising number of people don’t know what to do next.

If your build has been for a specific purpose, say an Apropos glazed kitchen extension, then you’re on firm ground; you know what the space is for; what you want to do …

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10th

Dec

How to make the most of large rooms…

‘Oh no, my house is too big! I’ve just got too much space!’ is not, admittedly, a common lament. However, many a home, even many a small home, boasts a big room. While an excess of space would usually be considered a good thing, working out how to make the most of the square footage, while creating a homely feel, can cause difficulties.

Fiona and her family have been …

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27th

Nov

Luxury Living – All of the Apropos, none of the effort.

Quick question for you – do you happen to have a spare £7.5 million?

Now sir, there’s no need for those snorts of derision. And madam, we’re sorry; we didn’t mean to make you choke on your coffee. We did spot one or two smug smiles upon our reader’s faces though, so we’ll press on and tell you why we asked.

Back in 2012, Apropos was involved in the renovation of a simply stunning Edwardian artist’s studio in West London. After a century of use by artists of various kinds …

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25th

Nov

Claim Back Your Home

Isn’t it funny how we acquire so much stuff? You start off in your first little flat after leaving home or university, marvelling at all the space. Your flat-pack furniture doesn’t touch the sides, even though you’ve only got three rooms, including the bathroom. Slowly you acquire another bookcase, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, and the space begins to feel more homely.

After a couple of …

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20th

Nov

The Original Industrial Chic.

The merging of traditional factory materials and aesthetics with contemporary home essentials, Industrial Chic has been growing in popularity for some time, reaching the point where it’s no longer considered to be overly outré, but rather an accepted style statement, albeit one with an edge.

Apropos has long been a proponent of Industrial Chic; many of our pared-back designs take inspiration from the sheer …

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18th

Nov

Grand Designs by Apropos

New Build Glazing Project
If you’ve happened to be watching Channel 4 on Wednesday nights for the last six weeks, the chances are that you would have watched Grand Designs. The show has been on our screens for 15 years, showcasing some of the best – and occasionally the worst – of British architecture in action. Whether it’s been done poorly or well, there is one thing that the programme has made clear; glass is becoming an ever more important aspect of the modern home.

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6th

Nov

How to Avoid the Planning Police…

Planning permission. Utter those two words in home-building circles and you’ll hear heaved a collective sigh strong enough to blow away a small village in Shropshire. It’s the bane of many a life, and yet it does have its benefits; if you can’t build a twelve metre high viewing platform at the end of your garden, neither can your neighbours!

Avoiding the planning police is a simpler affair than you …

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4th

Nov

Squeezing the juice: How orangeries can work in small spaces

Think of an orangery, and many people will conjure up visions of grand stately homes, the likes of which few of us could ever afford, but while orangeries do have an air of elegance and luxury, it’s perfectly possible to incorporate one into an average family home. And unlike the conservatory which can require the requisitioning of a fairly large area of external space, with some canny design, a bespoke Apropos orangery can be squeezed into the most diminutive plots.

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30th

Oct

Wicked Walkways

Something wicked this way comes…

There was a time, really not that long ago, when glazed walkways were considered the preserve of public buildings; hospitals, mainly, with the occasional garden centre, shopping precinct and hotel joining in for good measure. A glazed walkway in a domestic setting? Good heavens, no! Why on earth would that be necessary? We’ll tell you why – because architects and home owners began, quite literally, to think outside the residential box.

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26th

Sep

Apropos Design Feature: The Maples

Step into the Surrey garden The Maples; residence of Mr & Mrs Olsen, and you immediately feel as if you might be somewhere else. Where? It’s hard to say, but the impression is not entirely British. It’s not the garden itself which creates this feeling of otherness; with its box balls, immaculately striped lawn and mature herbaceous perennials, the garden is as archetypally English as it is lovely. It’s not …

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22nd

Sep

Apropos Favourite Five: Orangeries.

Although we might be slightly subjective, at Apropos we think that if a home has an orangery, it will usually be the best room in the house. Whether traditional or more contemporary in design, Apropos bespoke orangeries let in oodles of natural light, yet have a comfortable, private-feeling making them family-centric rooms that people naturally gravitate towards, which is one of the reasons we like them so much.
So, what does a good orangery look like? Here are our favourite five.

1. One of the most popular reasons for constructing an …

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10th

Sep

Greenhouse of the Future.

The population has increased beyond planet Earth’s means to sustain it. Land is running out. Not enough food can be grown to meet the demand. Food prices rocket and the hungry go without.

It sounds like the opening of a desperately unoriginal piece of dystopian teen fiction, but according to scientists it’s a very real possibility for the not too distant future. Many of the world’s best minds are focused upon the question; ‘how do we solve the problem of expanding population vs. decreasing fertile land mass;’ how do we …

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