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Extending your home is likely to be an expensive business, but there’s no reason to spend money when you don’t have to. Here are a few tips from us, on how to cut costs without cutting corners.
10 Ways to Save When You Extend
Plan, Plan…and then plan some more.
A well-planned project will always be more cost-effective than one carried out on the hoof.
When you think of a conservatory, it’s difficult not to picture a white uPVC box bolted on to the back of your property. Even today, with modern conservatories becoming more and more popular, the word conservatory isn’t very inspiring.
We’re here to change that with a look at some incredible conservatories from around the world. Take a look and see what you think…
Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
While not a conservatory most could aspire to (although we’re happy to help you if you wanted one leading from …
Glamorous camping. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? While camping is undoubtedly fun in the right conditions, most of the time the cramped living space, the grime and the bathroom facilities tend to detract from any thoughts of glamour.
Filling your days with lots of activities is a good way to keep the kids busy throughout the school holidays though. So, what do you do? Compromise on the luxury villa for a 4 man tent in the lakes instead?
Why not look closer to home?
Even a trip to …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
With all this going on though, it’s nice to have a space …
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!
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 …
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 …
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.
Luckily, there’ll be no white walkers to contend with, but even so the British winters can be harsh – on ourselves, …
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?
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?
At Apropos, our bespoke extensions and …
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
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.
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, …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
As you may have seen, we have a large following on Facebook and many people, …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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… …
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?
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 …
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 …
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; …
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 …
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 …
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …