The great redesign
This big old glasshouse belongs to some friends of mine, a treasured and useful part of their garden.
It sits on substantial concrete foundations and a perfect site. The long steel-framed structure looks like it was built in the 1920s or ‘30s, a serious professional effort with decades of use behind it.
The problem was, the steel frame had become more rust than trust, and the glass had become a hodgepodge of cracks, holes and silicone. At some stage they asked themselves the inevitable question: what do they keep and what do they retire?
The soil, the site and the foundation were obvious keepers, but the rest had passed its use-by date. There is an easy threshold test for this: if something is offered to me – for free – and I turn it down, it has no useful life left in it!