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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 …
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 …
Christmas is almost here and celebrations are set to take place in dining rooms across the land.
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 …
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 …
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.
N – is for late Nights out in the garden, under the stars.
O – is for the cultural phenomenon that is Outdoor Living.
P – …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
The glass houses designed and created by Apropos are of the highest quality; and are built to survive the rigours …
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.
*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 …
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.
This year, the weathers warmer than usual, …
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.
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?
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! …
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 …
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 …
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.
For many people the …
Autumn days (does anyone else have the urge to sing that old school hymn when they hear those words?) are near upon us, but rather than lamenting the passing of summer it’s time to embrace the season; jewelled morning grass; sparkling cobwebs; silky chestnut shells; long, thick socks (sexy!); and lazy pub lunches in front of an open fire. Autumn is a time for chunky knits, hot chocolate and walks in welly boots; it’s a time for comfort and catching up with friends, comparing notes on how summer was spent.
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.
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.
Things are slowly warming up, but we’ve hardly had the sizzling start to summer that we’d all been led to expect, and the turbulent weather means that outdoor plans have been a little tricky. What better time to make the most of your Apropos conservatory?
Conservatories can be used for all manner of things, so if yours is gathering dust, it’s time to blow away the cobwebs and put it …