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.

No need for planning permission for this little beauty!

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 …

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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.

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So what …

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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.

What then, if you decided to make your current home, your forever home?

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Chocolate
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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As we all know the alphabet goes right from A-Z – and do does the A-Z of Apropos Outdoor Living. So, this week we’re bringing you the part we like to call 2! If you missed last week’s instalment, you can find it here.

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N – is for late Nights out in the garden, under the stars.

O – is for the cultural phenomenon that is Outdoor Living.

P – …

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If you’ve yet to hear, Apropos have branched out! Our newly created sister company Apropos Outdoor Living now offers everything you need to embrace your garden or patio 365 days a year.

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So we’ve put together our A-Z of outdoor living, to help you get to know the new product range a little better…

A – is for Apropos, of course! Bringing our expert knowledge of Architecture In …

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One of the problems many parents face in the long summer holiday is that their children are separated from their friends, particularly in rural locations.

Being off school and away from lessons may be fun for a short while, but the sheen of appeal rapidly wears off without friends to play with. Now that the holidays have approached their end, organising a last hoorah and getting the kids together again can be an entertaining exercise as school starts up once more.

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The summer holidays are, and rightly so, generally all about children. That niggling annoyance we know as ‘responsibility’, and the equally irksome ‘duty of care’ call us to arms, making sure that the kids are happy, healthy and fulfilled.

Most of it comes naturally; we want our children to thrive and it gives us pleasure to see them doing so. But every so often, once in a while, when sleep has been short and tempers are shorter, every parent feels a need to reclaim their christian name, to be called …

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The long summer school holidays can be trying for parents. It’s not that you don’t want to spend the time with your children, more that it’s not always possible. With work commitments, who can take a six week break in one go? Who has the funds to spend on daily outings and activities? Who has the time to abandon household chores? We all have to work and we all have to live, so how can you make it all add up?

One of the simplest ways is to holiday at …

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Spring and summer are particularly busy times for us, here at Apropos. With the prospect of fairer weather, home owners feel inspired to take the plunge and add that long-wished for extra room.

They sit with our design team and talk of the perfect conservatory, or the dream kitchen-diner, the orangery that will bring the family together and create the ideal space for everyone to relax in. They have mental pictures of serenity, or fun, or purely improved practicality and they think of absolutely every aspect, including how much the …

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The summer holidays are with us again, bringing with them that perennial question: what are we going to do with the children?!

You’ll notice the use of the interrobang (the combined ?! symbols); a punctuation trend frowned upon by the educational establishment, but incredibly useful when posing a mildly panicked rhetorical question. Because, while in theory a six week break spent with one’s offspring can sound like a perfect delight, in practise, once the boredom kicks in you may find that none of you are smiling.

The solution? Get the …

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13th

May

In Glass Houses

It used to be said that ‘people who live in glass houses should not throw stones’. However, were they to try exerting themselves today then they may just find that they’d struggle to create any more damage than a scratch to the glazing – thanks to the tough and durable qualities of the glass used in Apropos’ contemporary glass houses

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The glass houses designed and created by Apropos are of the highest quality; and are built to survive the rigours …

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This spring, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) is hosting a programme of exhibitions and events celebrating the major British architects and architectural developments of the last 260 years. It’s a fascinating story covering all aspects of the craft and projects from all over the world, led by British design teams. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models, the programme demonstrates the prowess of Britannia and how our comparatively small country has made its mark, from London to Hong Kong.

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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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No matter what you’re up to this week, we all know that the school holidays can be a hectic time, when all you want to do is sit back and relax, you find yourself instead burning the candle at both ends; if only to cram in a few extra moments of entertainment for the little ones.

Imagine Lazy Summer Days in Your Apropos Lean-to Conservatory

This year, the weathers warmer than usual, …

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was a truth universally acknowledged that the size of a man’s orangery was directly proportional to the size of his wealth.

His choice of architecture would say to his neighbours ‘Look! Aren’t I rich?’ or ‘Look! Aren’t I clever?’ or occasionally, ‘Please don’t look; I’ve run out of money!’ Some men would use their homes to impose themselves on the landscape with sprawling manors which would straddle two counties, while others would defy gravity, pushing ever-more skywards with gob-smacking feats of architectural endeavour.

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The autumnal equinox offers little to be excited about; the weather gets colder; the days gets shorter; the nights get darker; and we get… erm… miserabler?

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It does, however bring one little thing that we’ve all come to cherish: about a month after that twelve hour tipping point, where day and night share equal hours, Daylight Saving is introduced, meaning that we all regain the hour we lost last March. ‘Hoorah! …

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We’re big fans of the outbuilding here at Apropos, from pool houses to garden studios and even the humble garden shed. We’ve seen our fair share of beautifully designed summer houses, cabins, outdoor entertainment spaces and modern garden sheds over the years and we like to think we know a little about the design of these spaces too.

Which is why we were hooked on this year’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition – which showcases sheds from up and down the country across nine different categories, none of which …

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Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow and hope that someone else will do for you in the mean time? It’s a sound philosophy but every philosophy has its limitations and there are certain things that no one else is ever going to do for you. Fixing all of the problems, irritations and shortcomings in your home is one of them.

Your chance of winning the …

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The Great Conservatory, Syon Park
Moving away from the considerable lifestyle benefits of the domestic structures for a moment, conservatories can be the most remarkable pieces of architecture. Whether bold biomes or elegant arches, conservatories come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re featured all over the world. These are some of our favourite examples of the building that we’ve made our own.

The Great Conservatory, Syon Park.

For many people the …

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Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment, which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. They can act as an early warning for other wildlife losses. They can show us – beautifully – when things are going well. Every year Butterfly Conservation runs the Big Butterfly Count in July and August, it’s designed to be a barometer on the state of Britain’s wildlife, as well as some of our most-loved insects.

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Now, before we begin here, you must just understand that when we planned this article we were under the foolish misapprehension that summer might actually be sunny. Flaming June wasn’t supposed to turn into ‘flaming wet July’, and back in March all of the newspapers were running near-hysterical headlines about the predicted hottest summer on record, so when we drew up our article planner this one seemed like a fairly safe bet.

 

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Tie a napkin round your neck cherie, and we’ll provide the rest…
Ah, you can’t beat a bit of a Disney singalong! And with Mother’s Day this Sunday it’s time to treat your mum like a Disney Princess. No; we don’t mean that you should lock her in scary tower with nothing but a hairy Beast …

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The British public are often accused of being obsessed by the weather. The problem is that because of our geographic location we’re subject to uniquely changeable conditions, so try as we might, predicting the British weather is something of a thankless task.

In winter most of us retreat indoors, knowing the weather will be awful regardless of the form it takes. But, when spring and summer roll around and we …

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It may still be chilly, and there’s a certainly chance of snow still to come, but there is a definite whiff of spring in the air and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to start gardening! Yippee!

Although there’s nothing like a bit of digging and clearing to warm the muscles, for many it’s may be a little soon to be out turning over the soil, but that doesn’t mean that your gardening adventure needs to be delayed – the end of February and beginning of March …

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“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
― Voltaire

Reading can feel like a bit of an indulgence these days; life is so busy and there’s so much to do; balancing work and family takes up every minute. There are some things it’s worth making time for though, and in our view, reading is one of them.

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Hoorah! It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! Well of course it is…
So, here’s a question from everyone at Apropos: what are you going to do to appreciate the squirrels in your life?

Unless they happen to be small and red, squirrels often get a hard time of it in the UK. Although they are an invasive species, they didn’t actually choose to be; grey squirrels are here because of …

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At Apropos we’re often asked advice about how to make sure a renovation project runs smoothly. Much of the advice varies according to client’s needs, but there’s one thing we always, always say: keep the neighbours on side. Talking to your neighbours, keeping them informed, and making sure that everything stays friendly is the easiest way to secure a happy future.

Sadly, that advice isn’t always followed, and although all Apropos clients are sensible and lovely, we’ve been reading about a few people who have fallen foul of the nightmare …

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What an evocative phrase that is: home for Christmas. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never had a conventional Christmas in your life, ‘home for Christmas’ can’t help but conjure up scenes of smiling faces, roaring fires, roasting chestnuts and snow-decked rooftops. We won’t, apparently, be getting Christmas snow this year in the UK, but as nice as it is to snuggle in your  Apropos conservatory and watch white flakes drift past the glass, it’ll take more than that to dampen down the Christmas spirit.

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Sleigh bells riiiiiiing, Are you listening, In the laaaaaaane, Snow is glistening, A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight, Walking in a winter wonderland…

Sadly, the British weather rarely plays ball when it comes to Christmas; we get snow, but not when we want it, so if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in a perfect winter wonderland, it’s probably a good idea to make your own. Being just a smidge …

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It’s not uncommon for a new Apropos glazed extension to become a talking point. Friends and family comment on the difference it makes to the home; how much light shines through; how much more spacious the property seems; how good it feels to spend time there. Neighbours lean over fences or twitch curtains surreptitiously, wondering how much it cost; who designed it; and whether they could afford to do something similar. Either way, we’re used to setting tongues wagging.

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Oct

Autumn Watch.

Chris Packham and the BBC have done wonders for the nation’s collective knowledge of the wildlife Britain has to offer. Every spring and autumn, they fill our screens with outstanding footage of animals in their natural habitats; birds; mammals; amphibians; invertebrates; the lot! But while autumn is a good time to see grey seals and porpoise off the Pembroke coast, or rutting red deer in Scotland, we tend to forget just how much fauna can be seen from the comfort of our own backyard

We’ve had an unexpectedly good start to autumn this year; September was glorious, but if the weather forecasters are to be believed, October is likely to be a whole lot more seasonally appropriate. While wind and rain are all part and parcel of the gardening calendar, not all of us are happy to embrace them, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put your green fingers in a box of straw to hibernate for the winter!

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Conservatories are at the heart of Apropos; we love them and think that there are few better ways to enhance a house, but we also know that they have a few… quirks that only those who own them will understand. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see the funny side too!

Fly Evacuation Protocol. Swatting. Newspaper wafting. Waving your hands in the air. Shouting. Forming a corral to slowly …

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If you’re already an Apropos customer, or toying with the idea of becoming one, you’ll probably already know that we employ aluminium frames in all of our structures, from the tallest atrium to the smallest skylight. It’s super strong, it’s eco-friendly, it can be recycled endlessly and it’s incredibly malleable, making it uniquely useful in the glass architecture field.
So, that’s what you already know. Here …

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It can be a deeply emotional experience, fraught with angst, bitterness and blame, where soul-searching can lead to unexpected discoveries and, hopefully, an ultimate reconciliation; that moment when you happen upon your teenage son in the kitchen after three days of absence.

One of the great things about Britain is the huge variety of architecture on show. We have a wonderful, long history and it is exhibited in all of our domestic buildings; Victorian terraces; Georgian piles; 20th century town houses; Tudorbethan interpretations; characterful country cottages; haphazard farmhouses; über-modern eco-homes; while …

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Oh deary dear, with mid-August fast approaching, we’re at that time in the summer holidays when gloom is beginning to set in. The excitement of being away from school is waning; many of us have already returned from our summer getaway; the weather has started to turn against us; and there is a smell of malcontent and mutiny in the air.

Hold tight me hearties! It’s not quite time to batten down the hatches, brace the mainstays or prepare to walk the plank; with a little planning you can steer …

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Nothing typifies the Great British summer time more than a good flower show, and they don’t come much better than this year’s RHS Tatton Park. Set in the grounds of one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful estates, the show is a spectacular meld of our favourite pursuits; inspirational design, skilled plantsmanship, first-class food and honest-to-goodness shopping!

With gorgeous floral displays, gardens from some of …

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Friends. We all have hopes and fears for the future and for the lives our children will lead. We, at the Conservatory Party, want to build a Britain where everyone feels that they could own a conservatory to be proud of.

Small mid-terrace houses, mansions, or cottages by the sea; wherever you live and whatever your income, we believe in providing bespoke conservatories for the hard working people of Great Britain.

Our long-term economic plan is building a stronger and more secure conservatory that will help to boost the local …

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They’re simple things, windows. Every house has half a dozen and we’ve been making them for thousands of years, so here at Apropos we thought it only fair that we share some of our knowledge with a handy how-to. Here’s our recipe for making windows.

Firstly, prepare your glass.

You will need the following:

Ingredients:

Silica sand Sodium carbonate Calcium oxide (or magnesium or aluminium oxide for added …

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Rooftop Conservatory by Apropos

We’ve all heard of the urban fox; that much maligned creature of the night known for raiding bins not properly stored, leaving deposits in awkward places and ridding the cityscape of rats. They divide opinions while making creative use of abandoned corners and unloved land; kings of the concrete jungle. Seen as insidious by some and adorable by others, the urban fox may soon need your help as they do battle against new-comers set on taking over their natural habitat. We are, of course, talking of the inner city conservatory.

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But here at Apropos we like to do things a little differently.

Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens, The Louvre- here at Apropos all these and more spring to mind when thinking about beautiful orangeries, but there is now so much more to these historic pieces of architecture than exotic fruit.

The first European orangery was built in Padua in 1545; two hundred years later they were to become the home accessory à la mode in the UK. The original function of the orangery was exactly as the name implies; sheltering citrus fruits in a land where they had never previously thrived and giving …

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The human being is a light-loving creature. Natural daylight keeps us mentally healthy and physically well, and yet we choose to live in little brick boxes… Where’s the sense in that?

At Apropos we feel that a bright and airy home is the key to happiness, but while moving is one of the top three causes of stress in modern life, home improvement can bring some of the greatest satisfaction. …

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But here at Apropos we like to do things a little differently.

Keeping up with the Joneses has almost become a national sport for us Brits recently, but honestly, who wants to just keep up, when with an Apropos glass and aluminium structure you can go one better?

Even in this time of economic strife us Brits are not averse to a bit of neighbourly one-upmanship and in a recent survey conducted by Anglian Home Improvements, 31% of British homeowners admitted to doing up their dwelling just to have the best house on the street, while 16.5% confessed to copycat renovations. That …

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Apropos Orangery with Folding Sliding Doors
Christmas is almost here, and, as always, celebrations will be concentrated in dining rooms everywhere.

Apropos Orangery with Folding Sliding Doors

With families tucking into their Christmas dinners, dining rooms will be at the heart of the yuletide revelry on the best day of the year; with some families enjoying the added festive ambience that bespoke, glass and aluminium dining rooms by Apropos bring to their Christmas …

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