Using a shed to visualize how a building will look in 3d before it’s built

BBC click are showing a shed that is being used to visualise proposed buildings in 3d

Architects have traditionally used physical models of proposed buildings to demonstrate to planners and members of the public how a project will look when it is completed.

But some are now using a combination of simulations and augmented reality to find out how buildings will influence behaviour. They can also provide a feedback into the design process.

Here is Arup Digital Visualisation Showreel which would look great from their shed :)

Arup Digital Visualisation Showreel from Arup Digital on Vimeo.

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Wishlist shed

Paul Smith creates the “definitive” garden shed

Thanks to Shed of the year judge and all round ShedHead George Clarke for tweeting this photo

I thought I would investigate more.

Shame I’m not going to London but would have loved to see this.

When Sir Terence Conran asked Sir Paul Smith the question, “What have you always wanted for your home but have never found?”, his mind was immediately drawn to a garden shed. Answering his wishes, Paul was invited by the American Hardwood Export Council and Conran’s furniture company, Benchmark, to work with a designer of his choosing to make the dream a reality.

Wishlist shed

Measuring three metres by three metres, the shed has the same dimensions as Paul’s first ever shop in Nottingham. Inspired by Luis Barragán’s angular style of architecture the shed is complete with a panelled glass wall. Additionally, as with George Bernard Shaw’s famous writing hut, it sits on a revolving platform, allowing for perennial sun-chasing and making it the perfect room with a view. The shed will be presented at the V&A during the London Design Festival in September.

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Paul Smith has some previous with a bit of shed love


George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Series 4) is on Thursday 9th October at 8pm on Channel 4

Great news for you Amazing Spaces, George Clarke and William Hardie fans.

The fourth series of the always brilliant Amazing Spaces is back – of course we are a bit biased as this years Shed of the year was on the telly – so you could say that was Amazing Spaces Series 3.5 :)

While you are at it buy the new book George Clarke’s More Amazing Spaces(from George and the lovely Jane Field Lewis) as well :)

View behind the scenes of Amazing spaces shed of the year 2014.


Even Beach Huts Need Holidays

I have always had a soft spot for a shepherds hut – but great to see the fine folks at Plankbridge are looking after one of their own – that has a sideline as a beach hut down at Weymouth.


Songs from the shed – is on the move again this time to “Newport”

Jon from Shed of the year winner 2011 Songs from the shed and friend of

is curating a music event starting at his local historical cinema Curzon , Clevedon which is just the start to the Songs from the Shed on tour:


A fantastic new collaboration has sprung up between one man and his shed and three arts venues thanks to Film Hub South West & West Midlands, one of nine lead organisations belonging to the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Musical promoter Jon Earl, creator and curator of Songs From The Shed, and venues The Curzon Cinema Clevedon, The Roses Tewkesbury and The Courtyard Hereford will be delivering a tour of innovative film music fusion events throughout this Autumn, starting with a rare chance to see UK premiere screenings of music documentary The Newport Effect plus a live performance from Hot Feet.


Infamous as the place where Bob Dylan “went electric” in 1965, The Newport Folk Festival was a stalwart among folk music-lovers ever since its inception in 1959.

This film, narrated by Joan Armatrading who is currently undertaking her last major tour, celebrates the history and legacy of this seminal event, with performances and discussions with the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls and the late Pete Seeger.

Following the film there will be a performance from Hot Feet, who will bring their delta blues, sixties electro folk and world rhythms to the stage.

Jon Earl, Songs from the Shed: “It’s a real treat for Songs From The Shed to be invited to choose the bands for this tour.

The films are amongst the most exciting music related films on release at the moment and I can’t wait to see Hot Feet and The Cadbury Sisters perform in these great venues.”

of course his shed is a modern day folk festival – so he has a shed in the foyer showing off some of the recent performances at each venue.

you can catch Jon and his shed at the following places – good luck Jon I hope to pop along for a pint to at least one!

More info on his website

Thursday 13 November – The Roses Tewkesbury

Friday 14 November- The Courtyard Hereford
Saturday 15 November – Curzon Clevedon

Tuesday 19 November – The Roses Tewkesbury

Thursday 20 November – The Courtyard Hereford

Thursday 27 November- Curzon Clevedon


Now that summer is over – think about a cold drink in a faraway shed

After a brilliant Shed of the year competition with lots of love for the TV show – it’s a shame that the Summer of Sheds has come to an end – so why not relax and drink a fancy cocktail in one of these sheds.







Are you planning a getaway from it all in the Garden for Shed of the year 2015? why not add it to the competition


Nationwide that’s the Shed of the year finalists 2014

Our sponsors Cuprinol did some great country wide graphics for this years shed of the year competition – showing where the finalists came from.

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Entry is open for Shed of the year 2015 – why not enter your shed over at :)


Episode Three – Final: Normal and Pub Sheds

So the twelve odd years since I started proper and my passion for sheds has finally come to it’s pinnacle where the British public now sees what I have always know as Brits We love sheds.

As the competition to find Britain’s best shed reaches its climax, George Clarke and his fellow judges look at the final groups of shortlisted sheds battling it out for a place in the grand final.

The ‘Normal’ sheds prove anything but, with one of the smallest discos in the world up against a Dad’s Army themed shed complete with air raid siren, as well as a 1970s amusement park in a shed with a 12-foot working Ferris wheel outside.

The judges cast their eyes over the most pleasurable category in the competition, the Pub Shed, before they decide which of them most deserves the overall prize of Shed of the Year 2014.

George also visits last year’s winner: an upside down boat shed.

Episode 1 Recap
Episode 2 Recap


2014 Shed of the year winner revealed

After a record breaking 2,000 entries and 20,000 public votes, the Allotment Roof Shed from London has been crowned winner of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol.

Revealed for the first time by George Clarke on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, the nail-biting competition came to a close with Allotment Roof Shed owner Joel Bird, 39, taking home the coveted title along with £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol, £100 of Cuprinol products, winner’s plaque and a giant crown for this shed.

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After winning the eco category, the Allotment Roof Shed went head-to-head with the winners of the other categories including the Appleton Arms shed winner of the pub category, The Little Thatch garden office winner, My Caribbean Retreat cabin/summerhouse category winner, Reelwood cinema shed winner of the unique category, Disco shed winner of the normal shed category, Stencil Shed winner of the workshop/studio category and The Mini Doctor’s Tardis, winner of the tardis category.

The overall winner was selected by a high-profile judging panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), last year’s overall winner Alex Holland, and Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year presenter George Clarke and his expert team of craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

Built from scratch using recycled materials, the Allotment Roof shed is used to grow an array of vegetables. Eco-friendly lights, powered by a solar panel, are used to light the inside where Joel spends hours painting and making music in his specially designed studio. When winter sets in, a wood burner keeps the fire alive and heats the shed without the need of a gas supply or radiator – proving its eco-friendly credentials.

When asked about his winning shed, Joel said: “Sheds are no longer just places for men to escape to, they are transforming the way people live their lives and subsequently how they see themselves. It’s an incredible honour for my shed to be crowned ‘2014 Shed of the Year sponsored by Cuprinol’ and I’m hoping to use the award to promote the benefits of a more sustainable life.”

George Clarke says: “The nation’s love for transforming their garden shed to an extension of the home is really trending right now. The TV show highlighted some of the most creative, beautiful and unusual sheds in the country, as well as allowing me to meet incredible people – like Joel – who are so enthusiastic about what they do.”

Uncle Wilco, Head sheddie of Readersheds says: “This year’s competition has been the best yet. With a record breaking number of entries and public votes, people are embracing the fascinating world of sheds like never before.”

Brand Manager for Cuprinol, Kay Bartlett says: “We’re incredibly proud to sponsor the Shed of the Year competition for the fourth year in a row. The three-part Channel 4 series brought some of the best sheds into the homes of millions and will hopefully inspire the nation to get creative with their own gardens. For further inspiration visit for simple tips on how to cheer up your own shed.”

If you think your shed has what it takes to be crowned Shed of the Year, enter it into the 2015 competition at



The Appleton Arms: Owned by Mark Appleton aged 52 from St Helens, Merseyside
The Appleton Arms was built as a tribute to Mark’s late father and brother, and contains a traditional hand-made wooden bar, a snug area, real pub signage, a dart board and a wood burning stove.

The Little Thatch: Owned by Jamie Dix, aged 33, and Gemma Mitchell, aged 35 from Bedford
Designed and built by Jamie Dix in 2010, the picturesque shed has a beautiful thatched roof, bunk beds for the children and exposed oak beams.

My Caribbean Retreat: Owned by Alison Kynaston Jones, aged 57 from Shropshire

The My Caribbean Retreat shed houses a day bed, stereo, small mementos from trips away and Moroccan tapestry cushions. The roof is lined with pink and purple folded voile and embroidered with butterflies.


Reelwood: Paul Slim, aged 37 from Stourbridge

Reelwood is a shed-cinema made with exact dimensions for the surround sound. Reelwood also contains a full film collection, movie memorabilia and a cinematic screen.


Disco Shed: Owned by DJ’s Paddy Bickerton and Aidan Larkin, both aged 35 from The Cotswolds

The Disco Shed is a fully mobile shed that travels the country to play at music festivals. It contains DJ decks, lights, a smoke machine, giant rooftop visuals, disco ball and a record sleeve lined roof.

Stencil Shed: Owned by Luke ‘Syd’ Hollingworth from Malmesbury, Wiltshire

The ‘Stencil Shed’ was created to house Syd’s art work. It features a smiley face optical illusion, a cider bar, as well as a full sized gorilla that guards the entrance.


The mini doctor’s Tardis: Owned by David Lifton from Little Bentley, Essex

Built for his Doctor Who mad son Rhys, the slightly scaled down version of the original took five months to create.


Shed of the Year 2014: Behind the scenes with some of the finalists

Go behind the scenes for a tour of some of the shortlisted sheds from Shed of the Year 2014, sponsored by Cuprinol.

With a record breaking 20,000 public votes the nation has selected the finalists in the annual Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol.

The top four sheds in each of the eight categories will now go head-to-head in a bid to be crowned the overall winner of the 2014 Shed of the Year.