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When it comes to extending your home, you’ll face an array of choices. Brickwork? Glass? A bit of both? Where should you extend? And what should you avoid doing? The questions can become overwhelming. So, we’ve put together our guide to choosing the right extension, to make things a little easier.
We’ll run through the options with you, and take a look at the pros and cons for each.
Whether it’s your first or second house, you might find yourself in a situation where suddenly you realise you’ve outgrown your beloved home. Over time, your family may have increased (relatives or pets), you could be starting a home business and have outgrown your kitchen space, or, you might just find there’s not enough storage for your treasured belongings.
Move home or extend?
Moving house seems like the most obvious option – you may find a property with a bigger living space and a larger garden. Though, how much will …
It’s not surprising that one of the most frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages is how much will it cost? In order to efficiently plan for a new conservatory or extension you’ll need some idea of the overall budget, after all. Being bespoke though, means it’s not always easy for us to provide exact costings and off the peg quotations.
Each and every one of our modern glass and aluminium conservatories is entirely bespoke. Custom made to the exacting design specifications for each of our clients and …
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your bespoke Apropos structure in readiness for next year; which we all know is the perfect time to enjoy your Apropos addition – so you don’t have to spend another spring and summer sat yearning for a little more outdoor living in your life!
Although each and every Apropos product is tailor made to meet the specifications of each individual client and their property we do have certain identifying terms and basic designs from which every Apropos begins its journey. Here is a …
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 …
Licking the beaters, rolling pastry, cutting cookies and kneading dough, getting fingers sticky and flour everywhere; anyone who can remember cooking, and especially baking, with their parents when they were children, will know how special it can be and will want to remake those same memories with their own little ones.
At Apropos, baking is one of our favourite family activities. A simple, fun and fulfilling pastime, baking isn’t just an affordable option for filling a few dull …
Building a beautiful bespoke glass extension is a big investment, so while you can be sure that the architectural design will be flawless, you need to put serious consideration into what’s going to go into it once it’s finished.
To give you some inspiration for your new conservatory, we’ve looked at some of our favourite projects over the years and tapped into the expertise of some of the UK’s best loved interior stylists and bloggers to bring you the ultimate guide to furnishing your conservatory.
Bring the outdoors inside
Man has been cultivating herbs for centuries, using them for their medicinal, preservative and flavour-enhancing properties. Despite their reputation however, herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, even for those with limited space. As summer is the very best herb growing season, we thought we’d give you a handy Apropos guide to 10 herbs that will spice up your summer.
Basil – Distinctively flavoursome and aromatic, basil is a bright, attractive plant, which is extremely happy growing in …
Along with modern innovation and progress, more and more options become available to us in all walks of life – but it can sometimes be a little challenging to understand what’s on offer. From the latest mobile phone handsets, to the best places to eat, how do you know what to choose and which options are best for you?
At Apropos, we’re bespoke, everything we design, manufacture and install is …
“The construction of a bespoke glass and aluminium extension is not something that can be completed overnight,” says Apropos’ expert designer, Paul Schofield. “It requires a lot of thought and consideration by the client, and a certain amount of patience. All Apropos’ extensions are wholly bespoke, and a lot of time is required to agree the proposed design with the clients, secure planning permission if it is required, and manufacture the structure before it can be installed.
“Ordinarily, from the point of order, a typical Apropos structure will take 16 weeks …
Any form of home renovation can be stressful. But it can also be exciting. At Apropos, we aim to remove the anxiety and amp up the anticipation, making your home improvement experience a pleasurable one, and for this knowledge is key. Your Apropos glass extension adventure takes place in seven stages.
1. Every Apropos journey begins with a brochure. Sixty two glossy pages of inspiring designs (case studies are available …
The Ultimate Dinner Party Guide
90 tips to impress your guests with a dinner party to remember.
What’s the point of having a beautiful new addition to your home if you can’t show it off? Having friends over for dinner is a tradition that’s been part of British culture for decades, but managing all the guests, the cooking and the planning can still send us into a panic.
Our dinner party guide is crammed full of 90 tips from experts, helping you to ensure that your dinner parties are something …