bespoke glass extension

 

It’s commonly held that many dogs resemble their owners. Psychologists have even revealed that far from being just a bit of fun, this is one maxim that actually holds some truth. It’s a similar inclination that urges us all to make our homes our own. We all want to live in spaces that reflect us and we use architecture and interior design to do so.

Extending a property is a very personal project. Which is why all of Apropos structures are entirely bespoke. We’re able to create glazed …

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At Apropos we take pride in what we do.  So we can understand the lure of home improvement and the satisfaction that can come with creating something new. For more than fifty years we’ve worked to fashion the very best in form and function. Beautifully bespoke, precision engineered, glass buildings that deliver on every level.

We’re experts at what we do. We’ve been doing it for decades, so we know exactly what we’re doing. When it comes to designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke conservatories or extensions, we’re your guys. It …

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The Office of National Statistics has stated that the number of self-employed people in the UK is at its highest since records began. With more than 15% of workers finding new ways to earn a living, you’ll now find people hard at work…at home.

All told, the number of those working from home is around 4.2 million people. That’s an awful lot of productivity boosting space to find!

Working from home comes with plenty of benefits. Your hours are more flexible, your days more your own and you’ll cut down …

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Swimming pools aren’t a common feature of residential properties here in the UK. Whilst many of may not have the space, we certainly don’t have the weather! Even in summer time swimming outdoors can be a chilly affair, and who knows when rain will fall. It’s hardly surprising that so few of us boast our own personal pools.

At Apropos though, we have the perfect solution! A bespoke glass and aluminium pool house that allows you shelter from the elements, without taking nature out of the equation.

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It’s said that ‘people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’.  These days though, it would take a pretty large stone to do any more damage than scratch the glazing. Thanks to the tough and durable qualities of the glass used in all of Apropos’ contemporary glass extensions.

Our bespoke glass extensions are of the highest quality; built to survive the rigours of modern, family life and the extremes of British weather. We adhere, and often exceed, to tough British standards; achieving some of the best energy and efficiency …

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Spring is here at last. Bringing new beginnings and fresh starts.  As new life appears all around in nature, thoughts turn to new projects. So, as Easter approaches it’s full speed ahead for DIY, gardening, self and home improvement.

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If home improvement is on your agenda for spring you have a pretty exciting time ahead. Planning, problem solving, designing, constructing, primping and preening.

Building work of any kind has …

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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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As the new year opens, it’s the perfect chance to evaluate what we want from life and how we want to live. New beginnings bring endless possibility! Whilst it’s tempting to reflect on what not to do in the new year, it’s far nicer  to consider what you can change.

 

 

You see, the problem with New Year’s resolutions is that most of us opt to stop doing whatever it is that we secretly love doing. So, even if we do manage to stick with our self denial for a time, it’s not …

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During Christmas time, we’d happily hazard a guess that conservatories, orangeries and glass extensions are far from the first thing on your mind. There is Christmas shopping to be done, wine to be mulled (and drank), gifts to be wrap, turkeys to stuff, and not a whole lot of head space left over for anything else.

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With all this going on though, it’s nice to have a space …

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15th

Nov

Winter Warmers

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As the nights draw in around us and the days become shorter it’s always nice to know there’s a cosy spot waiting when the day is done. If you were to ask us here at Apropos, we’d tell you that there’s no better place the comfort of a bespoke Apropos conservatory, orangery or extension. Then again…of course we would!

You’re …

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A recent survey revealed that rural workers would need a minimum 150% pay increase in order to afford a home in the area they grew up in. Even in towns and cities many people are struggling to find the funds to purchase a home. So what’s the solution? Possibly, it’s lowering our expectations.

While most of us realise that compromises need to be made. The ‘dream home’ will be a long time …

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Wan’t summer lovely? A true scorcher! And just as we were all getting used to it though, the darker, colder nights are setting in again. It’s all for the best in the long run, but it doesn’t stop us from bemoaning the loss of all that lovely sunshine and those long, lazy evenings.

There are very many things to love about glass architecture – the look, the …

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Game of Thrones might be far more fantastical than our mundane reality, but one thing’s for certain; winter is most definitely coming. The sun has set on the summer and with autumn now in the air, it’s time we started preparing for the colder bought of weather headed our way.

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Luckily, there’ll be no white walkers to contend with, but even so the British winters can be harsh – on ourselves, …

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We’re now part way through the UK’s national Wishful Thinking Week, and this got us thinking. At Apropos, our bespoke nature means we can deliver you the extension you’ve always dreamed as. We’re in the business of wish fulfillment, in that respect, and love seeing our unique extensions do just that. So, with a whole week dedicated to wishful thinking – what are you going to do about it?

28th

Jun

Great Escapes

The great summer exodus is well under way, but with the heat wave we’re enjoying, seeing summer sun abroad isn’t as necessary as it once was. . The staycation, therefore, is becoming a much more prevalent feature of British life. With sun shining on our lawns and more and more ways to enjoy outdoor living arriving in the UK, why wouldn’t we make the most of it?

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At Apropos, our bespoke extensions and …

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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

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Orangery Style Extension by Apropos
If you’re already dreaming of a glazed Christmas, your timing is perfect –  homeowners looking to install a Christmas orangery should be considering their options now, according to conservatory experts.

Orangery Style Extension by Apropos

A bespoke glass extension of any kind, cannot be created overnight. As a unique piece of architectural design, a modern orangery by Apropos, takes time to devise, create and install. And, depending on whether or not your orangery requires planning permission, …

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So, summer is finally here and with it comes the usual round of design gurus spouting their must-have trends for the body, the garden and the home. At Apropos we prefer to take an original approach, so this is our guide to decorating downfalls and trends to take with a pinch of salt.

Animal magnetism – For years now, designers have been trying to tempt us into investing in animal print decor; zebra stripe wallpaper, leopard print rugs, giraffe spot upholstery and cow hide everything else. It comes in natural …

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What could you do with a little extra sheltered garden space? Spring is in the air, and if there was ever a season for escaping into the great outdoors, or at least pottering down to the bottom of the garden, it has to be spring.

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From rustic roundhouses and Japanese garden rooms, to astonishingly striking viewing platforms which double as works of art, the message is clear; the great outdoors is …

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Apropos’ structural glass roofs are stylish, cutting-edge and thermally efficient

Apropos offers award-winning, bespoke, roof glazing that meets strict criteria to achieve high insulation and energy efficiency ratings.

Apropos’ stylish roof glazing comes with a super slim aluminium frame, yet offers one of the best thermal efficiency ratings on the market.

Apropos’ excellent glazing standards were recently recognised when the company won the ‘Glasshouse’ category at the International Design & Architecture Awards and ‘Best of Houzz; Design’ two years running; proving that Apropos’ glazing ticks all the boxes when it …

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Orangery Extension by Apropos Conservatories
So, last week we wrote a lifestyle piece all about the wonders of the summertime orangery, or any orangery really (they’re a great space for any season) but it appears we may have skipped a step. With many people asking us what an orangery actually is, we thought we’d better explain a little further.

Contemporary Orangery

As you may have seen, we have a large following on Facebook and many people, …

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At Apropos we are confident in our ability to offer a high quality product and service, at a price unmatched elsewhere in the UK on like for like products. We believe in honest prices for quality products and services and for that very reason we launched our Price Promise – meaning we will match any genuine like for like quotations.

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Make The Most Of Apropos’ Price Promise

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For decades now, ever since the enlightenment got everyone thinking back in the 18th century, the spaces we live, work and relax in have been intrinsically linked to the things we create and the way we live our lives.

The search for a room with a view continues with each generation as we strive to create something new, be someone individual and live a life less travelled by those who went before us. Virginia Woolf posits that in order to truly create one doesn’t just benefit from a room with …

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The lean to is probably the earliest structure known to man. Watch any episode of Bear Grylls and you’ll no doubt find him ensconced in a lean to crafted from pine branches and possibly the skin of a dead animal or two. Now, leaving aside the dead animals for a moment, what Bear shows us in each of his survival attempts is how versatile and easy the construction of a lean to can be – but also how vital to human survival these simple structures have been.

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At Apropos, we specialise in bespoke glass and aluminium structures, but over the years, we’ve come to realise that this doesn’t mean much to your average Mr & Mrs from Oxfordshire. Unless discussing our products with architects and industry insiders, it’s often easier to fall back on descriptors such as conservatories, orangeries and extensions – but, ultimately, these aren’t what we design, build and install for families throughout Britain.

What we …

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It’s hard to put a price on perfection, and it’s even more difficult to put a price on bespoke. There are many benefits to a bespoke conservatory; it will be designed for your needs exactly, in sympathy with any quirks your host property may present, and once installed will be entirely one of a kind – adding both value and space to your home, but a quick quotation isn’t one of them.

We’re often asked to price up based on size – but even then it’s very difficult to do …

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We’ve all heard about them, 80% of women want one, and you don’t need to read their minds to know it! The She Shed is the new Man Cave and it’s here to give women everywhere a space to call their own. Entirely, their own! No children’s toys, no household chores, no draws filled with batteries, odd assortments of tools and old leads – and, most importantly, no distractions.

The …

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Putting your personal stamp on a property is something which comes naturally to us all, we discussed it on the blog last week in How To Make A Space Your Own, but what happens when you purchase a property whose personality is far grander than your own?

Famous comedian Michael McIntyre – despite having one of the biggest personalities in showbiz – ran into exactly this problem when seeking to extend his lavish Edwardian home. The property in question is located in London and is reputed to be completely mortgage …

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This year, it seems, glass architecture is on the rise. We don’t mean that it’s growing in popularity – it’s always been popular! – more that it’s reaching new heights. Until relatively recently, if a glazed extension was mentioned, most people would think of a conservatory, but there’s a new trend in town, taking glass architecture to a higher level.

Double-height glass extensions, most commonly atria, are most often found in commercial properties, but you might be surprised how successfully they can work in the home. The Jenkins’ property …

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12th

Aug

Stay Connected.

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If you have a relatively traditional house – a two-bed semi, for example – this article may well not be for you, and you might find more of interest here, in a piece about home extensions. However, with more and more people creating homes from outbuildings and barns, or maximising the potential of the space available to them by converting disused garages into offices, ‘granny flats’ and guest bedrooms, there’s a good chance that this might be of relevance.

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In recent years we’ve seen some dramatic shifts in the UK property market. When recession hit we saw an almost stock still housing market, prices soared and moving up the ladder – whatever your rung – was near impossible. To start with, this spelled disaster for the property market as well as the much-in-need-of-recovery economy. Then, slowly but surely, your average UK homeowner began to wise up.

By adding a home extension, kitchen extension or loft conversion to your home you could increase the value of …

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Aluminium roof lights
It’s not easy being a roof light. You spend your life doing your best to spread a bit of daylight happiness into human’s closed little rooms and in return you get rained on, snowed on, leaves and sap get dropped on you, mildew forms around your unwashed edges, and as for the birds… It makes you blush to think what they do to you… Or it would, if you weren’t made of glass!

It’s probably due to the nature of the product, but very few of us ever think …

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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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Extending your home is always going to be an expensive business, but there’s no reason to spend money when you don’t have to. Here’s how to cut costs without cutting corners or making uncomfortable compromises.

10 Ways to Save When You Extend

Plan – A well-planned project will always be more cost-effective than one carried out on the hoof. Good Design – Working with an architect or …

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Hands up everyone who grew up with the hope that by 2015 we’d all have robotic housekeepers?
Now, hands up everyone who watched Channel 4’s Humans last weekend, and now seriously hopes that that never comes to pass!

While the robot’s glassy eyes may be losing their sheen, there are still plenty of ways that advancing technology has shaped the homes of today, and will …

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For many people, retirement is the great white hope of the future. It’s that shiny beacon on the horizon that makes the nine to five grind somewhere approaching tolerable. You work and save, and save and work, and then suddenly you’re there. Free time is wonderful… Until you have too much of it! What do you plan to do when you retire?

You could buy that campervan and travel Europe… …

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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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Hands up who has a conservatory. Now, hands up anyone who’s ever cleaned their conservatory roof… Ok, now hands up anyone who’s really cleaned their conservatory roof? Yes, just as we suspected!

How to clean your conservatory roof:

Tool up – If you’re going to do a job, you might as well do it well, so invest in the right tools for the job; a sturdy ladder …

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The cost of living is, apparently, on its way down, but for most of us it doesn’t really feel like it. Gas and electricity bills more or less remain the same; water rates are all unchanging. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a way to not just cut your household outgoings, but to actually use your home to make a profit? The icing on the economic cake would be if you could do it greenly.

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6th

May

How To Maintain Your Conservatory Or Orangery

There’s no denying that spring has well and truly sprung, so it is, inevitably, time to get out the rubber gloves and make a start on the big spring clean. Maintaining your conservatory or orangery is all part of that.

Now, the good news is that if you’re an Apropos customer, the biggest job has already been done for you; our polyester powder-coated aluminium frames don’t actually need any …

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2nd

Apr

You’ll Always Find us in the Kitchen at Parties.

It’s funny to think that there was a time – and not that many years ago – when the kitchen was a place of little appeal.

If you were anyone who was anyone you wouldn’t have dreamed of setting foot in the realm of the workers; food was served to you in your dining room, and you gave little thought to its provenance, especially if you were of the gentlemanly persuasion. Visitors were kept very much away from the preparation of food, and the only parties held in kitchens were …

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26th

Feb

Planning Made Perfect.

Planning permission

Noun BRITISH

Formal permission from a local authority for the erection or alteration of buildings or similar development.

1. This planning permission application is such a headache.

2. Your planning permission application has been declined.

3. Argh! The stupid, nit-picking, pedanticism of the council planning permission board!

It’s funny how much stress a simple piece of paper can bring into your life, but there’s nothing like a planning permission application to grind your teeth to stubs. It’s not just the hair-splitting, although there’s plenty enough of that; …

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31st

Jan

Groom Your Greenhouse For Spring!

Well, that’s Christmas done with for another year… Is it too early to start talking about the big spring clean?

Although few of us will be out searching for a fresh new feather duster just yet, gardeners know better than most that preparation is key to success, so when it comes to a new growing year, it pays to get a head start. With two full months of winter to go and the prospect of it being a bitter one – have you noticed how many berries there have been …

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29th

Jan

A Warmer Winter with Apropos Conservatories

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There are certain clichés about glazed extensions that we’re probably all aware of, but one in particular stands right out as an understandable deterrent: conservatories are cold.

The problem is that the statement is grounded in truth; until relatively recently conservatories, orangeries, atria, and every other form of glazed structure you can think of, would have been a wee bit ‘brass monkeys’ in the winter… nicely balanced by lobster pot hot in the summer. Well, thank goodness for technology, is all that we can say! You see, things have changed …

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27th

Jan

Family Literacy Day: Snuggle Up with a Good Book

“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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22nd

Jan

The Best Spaces For Working From Home.

Traditional Conservatory Extension by Apropos

The 19th to the 25th of January 2015 is National Work from Home Week, an event which began in 2003, with the aim of getting people thinking about the option of home working and all the benefits it can bring. Whether avoiding rush hour traffic, cutting costs, or taking control of work-life ratio, the advantages of home working can be manifold.

There is however, one major stumbling block to be overcome – finding somewhere to actually work!

For many people, building something new is the best solution. If this is …

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21st

Jan

Get Into the Garden (for Squirrel Appreciation Day!)

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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20th

Jan

Britain’s Top Ten Nightmare Neighbours.

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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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16th

Jan

How to avoid a Condensed Conservatory…

Anyone who has ever lived in a house with glazed windows – and we’re reasonably confident in assuming that you’re among the number, if you’re reading this article now – will know that for all of the benefits that glazing brings, it also brings one annoying little problem: condensation.

Condensation is caused when the warm moisture in the air forms water vapour and comes into contact with …

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15th

Jan

Buried Treasure: Decluttering the Conservatory (and keeping it that way!)

Earlier this week we were talking about organisation, and how an Apropos conservatory could help provide the extra space you need. Although a conservatory can resolve some of your space issues, it does throw up one sadly common scenario: Conservatory as dumping ground.

Almost every home has a dumping ground, be it a small spare room, or a chair so piled with clothes that you’d never guess furniture …

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17th

Dec

Home For Christmas.

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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17th

Dec

Partying with Apropos – How your conservatory can make the perfect Festive Party Pad.

One of the most common reasons our customers give for investing in an Apropos extension is the wish to have more room to entertain. Putting plans into practise can sometimes take a little while though, so if your Apropos conservatory was designed to be a party pad but is yet to be christened, there is no better time to put it through its paces.

7 Steps to Help You Jingle …

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If there has been one dominant domestic topic in 2014, it has to be saving energy. There is hardly a household in the whole of the kingdom that wouldn’t like to see their energy bills reduced, and there’s a very good many searching to do their bit for the environment. So why should it stop for the festive season? The answer is that it shouldn’t!

It might be too late …

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What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year? Lovely presents? A lottery win? A happy fuss-free day without any culinary disasters? A recent survey by Duette®, a leading energy-saving blinds company, has revealed that what more than 40 per cent of adults are really wishing for is lower heating bills… Possibly not the easiest thing for Santa to wrap up and leave under the Christmas tree!

In …

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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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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.

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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Hark; is that the sound of a bandwagon approaching? The rickety structure appears festooned with cobwebs, pumpkins, spiders and silly plastic bats. It’s Halloween, so we’d best jump aboard!

Now, in what possible way could Apropos link to Halloween? Our conservatories are in no way scary, and you don’t even find that many spiders living behind glass – there’s nowhere for them to hide! It’s a bit too …

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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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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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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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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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Orangeries are among our favourite structures here at Apropos. We love how they look, the impact they can have on a home, and the history that necessitated their production. If well constructed, they can last for centuries, and we’ve been looking at some of the best of the UK’s earliest trend-setters.

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire – Now known as ‘the camellia house’, the Culzean orangery was built 1818. The style is lavish, in keeping with the rest of the estate, which was used as the castle of Lord Summersisle, in the …

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Aesthetic preference can be a difficult thing to pinpoint; one man’s cutting-edge classic can be another man’s eyesore. A case in point could be Birmingham’s old Central Library; a concrete and glass structure once listed in Prince Charles’ infamous ‘monstrous carbuncles’ of architecture speech and described as appearing ‘a place where books are incinerated, not kept’, yet many loved its utilitarian Soviet-chic exterior.

At Apropos we know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to architecture and that ultimately, there is no accounting for taste. That said, some of our favourite …

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Love it or loathe it, the World Cup is here again, but whether football is a matter of life and death, or more important than even that, at Apropos we like the way that it never fails to bring people together. In homage to that idea, this week we thought that we’d embrace and unite under the banner of our own passion and introduce you to our favourite conservatories of the world… Ok, we know it’s a tenuous link, but stick with us!

Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore – While …

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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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Many of us have rather fixed ideas, when it comes to conservatories. If we don’t have a conservatory of our own, our thoughts will turn to the ones we encountered in our childhood, should the topic ever arise, and cosy won’t be the first word that comes to mind.

At Apropos, we think it’s about time that we reversed the grave disservice that the 1980s did to all conservatory kind. …

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2nd

May

High Hopes.

When is a kitchen extension like a rubber tree? When a home owner is like an ant! When he’s got…
hiiiiiiiigh hopes
He’s got hiiiiiiiiiiigh hopes
He’s got high apple piiiie
In the skyyyy hopes…

Some things in life feel unattainable, but loving the house you live in? Nah; that just takes some sensible planning.

At Apropos we often hear our structures described as …

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It is often said these days that there is no such thing as community spirit. For many of us, our only interaction with our neighbours is a quick hello in passing; many more don’t even know what their neighbours look like, let alone their names. But even if you are on friendly terms, willing to provide the proverbial cup of sugar, you can bet your bottom that if a home extension is on the cards, your relationship will change.

The smallest addition to your home can have …

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Presentation is a funny thing. We’ve mentioned before how first impressions count; doors can make a real entrance; your home can be an expression of you, but how can you get people to look beyond their own perceptions and not just see what you want them to see, but to see what’s really there?

At Apropos we’ve recently developed what is probably quite a good problem; our products have started to speak for themselves. Now, this might be bragging just a tiny wee bit, but people see our …

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21st

Mar

Spring Clean.

When it’s brand new and squeaky clean any glass structure can look amazing, but when faced with the rigors of everyday life, it doesn’t take long for the sheen to wear off. Sticky fingers, smudgy nose-prints (of cats, dogs and, frequently, children!), dust, grime and general wear and tear soon take their toll, so it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and giving your glass a spring clean.

If …

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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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23rd

Jan

January Blues.

Pilkington Activ Blue Glass by Apropos

Have you heard of the phrase blue sky thinking? For most of us, it has been consigned to that annoying section of the English language generally referred to as Office Speak. There it is joined by expressions such as think outside the box, paradigm shifting, transitioning and kick into touch; pointless jargon intended to lyrically obfuscate the listener while the speaker pretends that they know what they’re talking about. Just occasionally though, there’s an exception to the rule, and with Pilkington Activ – it’s blue skies all the way.

Selecting …

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It was a big year, 1938. Czechoslovakia was formed, Hitler came to power, the photocopier was invented, Frank Sinatra was arrested on charges of seduction, Los Angeles flooded, China and Japan went to war, War of the Worlds aired on radio, David Bailey and Derek Jacobi were born, and Apropos built their first glass structure.

We’ve been building ever since.

75 years is a long time in both business and architecture. Processes change, technology advances, and yet that’s what makes …

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Architectural Glazing By Apropos
 ‘Oo-be-do, I wanna be like you-ou-ou…’ King Louie crooned in The Jungle Book, echoing the thoughts of most of humankind.

When you’re young it’s bad to be different; standing out from crowd means drawing attention and detaching yourself from the cool kids. No one wants to be noticed for being unique; we get the same haircuts; we buy the same shoes; we watch the same television programmes and pretend ignorance if we happen upon an interest that our peers don’t share…

Isn’t it great being a grown-up?

The age varies …

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Atelier Modular Garden Studio

Apropos Modular Garden Studio

Chill out zone, or studio? Office space, or lifestyle enhancer? Somewhere serious, or a place to play? If you had an extra room what would you do with it? If that extra room was detached from the house, removed from the noise of the family and the distractions of home, but within sprinting distance on the rainiest of days; secure, warm, bright and connected …

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We have a question: How well does your home reflect your personality?

If you built it yourself, probably quite well; you might have a floating staircase, gothic-inspired tower, an eco plant-lined rooftop, or a lap-pool sunk deep into the basement. If you’re not among these lucky few however, chances are that when you cut away the froth and fancy of soft furnishings and paintwork, you’ll find yourself living in a plain brick box, which says more about the people who built it – or the time in which it was …

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18th

Oct

Slide On Over.

It’s slightly embarrassing, because we don’t like to brag, but it seems that despite always working to bespoke designs, at Apropos we’re very much ‘on-trend’ at the moment. Folding-sliding doors are all the entryway rage and we like them so much that we’ve been making our own variation on the folding-sliding theme for years now; Aprofold.

Would a door by any other name open just as well? Perhaps, but we think that the Aprofold is a little bit special.

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The Wildhearts called it a ‘hate the world day;’ that feeling when all you want is to be shut away in your own little cocoon, cosseted from the mundane trials of bills and work and petty annoyance.

At Apropos we call it an Apropos Garden Room day, because when the world gets too much, there’s no better place to be.

Garden rooms are often considered the preserve of the home worker, but if you have the space – and with careful planning you don’t need much – a garden …

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We don’t wish to labour the point, but conservatories have got bit political lately. With its crystalline transparency, you might think that the glass house would be anathema to politicians, but at the recent party conference Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, forthrightly said that anyone who didn’t understand the aspirational pull of conservatories was not fit to lead the Labour party. Strong, and somewhat controversial, words.

There has been an undeniable move accross Britain in recent years towards open-plan living. It’s a more sociable way of life, which increases interaction between family members, allows for more convenient entertaining and invites light and air into the home – making for an enviable lifestyle change.

But, as the majority of dwellings across the UK have a history dating beyond the last decade, it can sometimes seem difficult to achieve the much vaunted ‘open plan’. From 60s semis to Victorian terraces there is, however, a way, and that …

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It was in 1911 that Frances Hodgson Burnett created her enchanting Secret Garden – with little idea that it would be captivating readers one hundred years hence, and yet, she hit on an idea with universal appeal.

Who wouldn’t want a space that was purely their own? Somewhere to escape to, with a lock and secret key, where tranquillity reigns. Unless you’re lucky enough to possess a roof terrace, an entire secret garden is a bit of a stretch these days, but a secret garden room, now that’s a different matter!

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3rd

Jul

Summer Loving

It’s never too late to fall in love with your home again, and a side extension can be the perfect place to start. With Apropos Outdoor Living you can turn a patch of neglected ground into a fabulous and functional space. All it takes is a little imagination.

The first step towards getting the best from your garden room is to decide what you want from it. Are you looking for a rain-proof barbeque area, a sheltered spot for the kids to play, or a luxury room to make your …

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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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pool house by apropos
If you wish to add space to your home that can be used all year round, then a conservatory is the perfect solution. A conservatory provides bright, airy space that you can use however you desire.

pool house by apropos

Conservatories are ideal not only for practical purposes such as a kitchen or dining room extension but also for aesthetic purposes. A bespoke conservatory can help to transform …

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A conservatory provides versatile space that can be used all year round. With the right heating and lighting, you can transform your conservatory into the perfect autumn retreat. A well heated conservatory will help to provide the perfect place to relax and unwind during the colder months.

A conservatory offers space that can be used however you desire. If you wish to transform your conservatory from a summer room into …

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Lean to Extension by Apropos listed building

“The war between traditional and modernist architects flared up again this week after Paul Finch, chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, praised the fact that modernists had prevailed in bids to create Olympic buildings”
The Guardian, Friday 5th August, 2011.

…but must the two remain mutually exclusive? Can we not merge Traditionalism, and thus the knowledge we have gained from that which went before us, with Modernism; a concept born from the millennium, 21st century values and one which we have created in our own …

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In his well known allegory of the cave Plato describes a philosophical ideal wherein our world becomes a cave and the objects and ideas that surround us merely shadows; cast from the flames of a fire, upon the wall, mimicking reality. This reality is what Plato calls The World of the Forms where everything exists in its true shape and holds, within it, the essence of all subsequent shadows.

Frank Lloyd Wright, the greatest American Architect of all time, favoured natural materials; warm earth tones and the integration of interior and exterior. He ‘borrowed landscape’, using windows or doorways like picture frames, and was fascinated with geometric shapes. His clean minimalistic lines and simple elegant structures were flooded with natural light and remained blissfully devoid of ornamentation.

His innovation is still influencing architects to this day and …

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For centuries humankind has used architecture and design to impress; a house comes to define its inhabitants and through the latest in architectural fashions man has always found new and exciting ways to make their buildings brag.

The Great Exhibition did just this. Joseph Paxton knew that to astound the wealthy, upper-class Victorians; whom, themselves, owned lavish properties across the country, he would need something innovative, something extraordinary: something, in hindsight, quintessentially Apropos. This ambition was realised in the design …

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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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Apropos’ brand new polyester powder coating plant has been officially recognised by the world’s leading powder coating authority.

AkzoNobel, the multi-national company formed following the takeover of ICI, has awarded the plant Service First Applicator status – one of just forty such accreditations in the entire country.

“An efficient and effective powder coating operation has been established at Apropos and the commitment to achieving the highest quality standards is evident from the attitude of the staff…” – Akzo Nobel report

Following a recent assessment, the …

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Apropos recently featured in a Daily Mail article which highlighted the 450,000 job vacancies in the UK. The Mail argued that whilst unemployment may be on the rise there is still a high volume of great vacancies going unfilled, particularly in sales roles.

The article featured a case study of Apropos’ technical sales manager, Paul Schofield, as well as comment for director of operations, David Waxman.

“Talented sales personnel are like gold dust, and much of Apropos’ success in recent years has been …

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National company goes local to design bespoke bi-folding door systems for Stamford Park regeneration centrepiece

Apropos is playing its part in the regeneration of a historic local park.

The company is designing, manufacturing and installing four sets of folding sliding doors for a new pavilion to be located in Stamford Park. The park, which straddles the Ashton-under-Lyne/Stalybridge border, dates from 1873 and is registered grade II on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens.

Stamford Park is undergoing a major transformation …

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Apropos launches lifestyle and design blog

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Apropos has launched its own lifestyle and design blog – Architecture In Glass.

The blog has been launched to complement the company’s website, and provide a ‘behind the scenes’ view of the thoughts and design processes that has made Apropos the country’s leading glass and aluminium structure specialist.

The blog will include case studies, research and design debate, technical advice, and general industry comment.

Speaking about the launch of …

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The Civic Mayor of Tameside opens £15m-a-year plant at civic ceremony

31st May 2011

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr. Susan Quinn, has officially opened Apropos’ new state-of-the-art polyester powder coating plant in Dukinfield.

The £15 million-a-year plant was opened at a special civic ceremony last Thursday, in front of an audience of civic dignitaries, business partners and Apropos staff members.

Guests were treated to a …

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Innovation, higher quality, greater efficiency and more environmentally friendly processes will be by-products of new plant

9th May 2011

Apropos’ new polyester powder coating plant in Dukinfield is to be officially opened by the Civic Mayor of Tameside on the 26th May.

The Mayor will be joined by fellow civic dignitaries and other guests at the Park Road plant, to celebrate the latest innovative milestone in …

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