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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
Aluminium windows are slimmer than ever before, thanks to the continuing hard work of industry design teams, such as those here at Apropos.
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 …
Apropos has a heritage dating back over seven decades – and it’s a heritage built on glasshouses.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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!
When you live in the city you get used …
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.
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. …
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!
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 …
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.
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
To create a bespoke glass extension, which complemented …
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.
Size: 3m x 7m
Features: A single patio door, a double patio door and trick vents around the structure
Colour: RAL …
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.
Size: 3.5m x 4m
Features: High ridge lean-to.
Colour: RAL1015, Light Ivory
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 …
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.
Size: 5.5m x 2.5m
Features: Folding sliding doors, patio doors and roof light
Colour: RAL 7015, Slate Grey
The client was looking to extend their living area with …
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.
These images, kindly shared with us by the architects, of a stunningly modern kitchen extension …
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.
Location: Kendal, The Lake District Dimensions: Colour: RAL 7021 (Grey Black) Features: Barn conversion, full glazing project.
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.
Order: Barton, 2645 | Location: Isle of Wight | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active | Features: 5 Leaf & …
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.
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.
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 …
Today’s case study perfectly showcases the bespoke nature of the Apropos design system, thanks to it’s unusual shape and entirely unique aspect.
Order: Wells, 2601 | Location: Berkshire Dimensions: 3100mm x 8380mm | Colour: Slate Black | Glass: Pilkington Active Blue | Features: 3 Leaf Aprofold Doors & Automatic Ventilation.
Our clients requested a quirky take on the traditional aesthetic for their orangery style extension. The couple, in their …
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.
Size: 7.5m …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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!
Similar structures would cost around £65,000
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.
A similar structure would cost approximately £70,000 (including VAT).
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 …
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.
c.£40k for a similar bespoke structure
To create a bright …
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!
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 …
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.
To work alongside Architect; Owen Lloyd, and Structural Engineer; Andrew Thomas, on the construction of a new build home for Mr …
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.
c.£210,000 (exc. external and internal construction work. The work was VAT exempt.)
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 …
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.
Four-bedroomed, ground floor, period apartment
£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. …
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 …
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.
Mr Veulemans, who was already undergoing major renovation works within his Manchester home, wanted to add an …
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.
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 …
*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 …
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.
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?
“Some period or listed properties suit more subtle bespoke extensions that adhere to orangery designs,” says …
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.
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 …
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.