Have some shed-scapism – Shed of the year is now global

 

As you know we have always loved the world of sheds and the sheddies (more than Ten years of shedlove in fact!)  but we are now officially welcoming all the world’s sheddies to join us – with an International categoryenter now for Shed of the year 2017

STRESSED? BUILD YOURSELF A SHED-SANCTUARY

 

  • New global research reveals that shed owners are ditching their tools and transforming their sheds into zen dens and backyard yoga studios –
  • The humble garden shed has evolved with more people than ever finding new and creative uses for their outdoor space
  • More than a quarter of shed lovers from around the world are now using their sheds to enhance their sense of wellbeing through meditation and 20% are practicing yoga
  • The research comes as the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition joins forces with aspirational shed fan site, Cabin Porn, to launch the first ever global category

More people than ever are ditching their tools and transforming their sheds into zen dens where they can get away from everyday stresses (71%) and enhance their sense of wellbeing with yoga and meditation (19%).

The new research from the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition has revealed that ‘shed-scapism’ is sweeping the globe as people upgrade their spaces to a personal sanctuary; with people claiming they feel more relaxed (74%), happier (75%) and even healthier (65%) when they retreat to their shed.

In fact, 63% of Brits claim that they feel more creative in their shed and 71% say they feel more focussed, so it’s no surprise that more people transforming their sheds into home offices, with 39% of people admitting they would work more in their shed if they could.

Sheds have evolved further than you might realise, with people installing electricity (36%), Wi-Fi (13%) and cosy furnishings and decorations (22%). Almost 60% of global sheds are kitted out with a cooking station or BBQ with the Canadians topping the tables as the biggest entertainers (69%) closely followed by the Australians (67%) and the Norwegians (66%).

But the Brits are top of the leader board when it comes to sheds. British sheds were voted the most inspirational in our global research with 53% of the votes, beating the kings of cabins in Canada (19%) and the original saunas in Sweden (15%).

This is good news for UK sheddies who for the first time will be going head to head with sheds from around the world, in this year’s Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition. The first ever global category has been opened in partnership with aspirational shed fan site, Cabin Porn, to mark the 10th anniversary and celebrate the ever growing sheddie community.

The competition has already had an influx of global entrants, with a children’s castle, a tree top writing pod and a mountaintop hideaway all bidding to be crowned ‘Global Shed of the Year.’

 

Founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition, Andrew Wilcox (Uncle Wilco) said: “Each year the competition seeks to crown the most amazing sheds from across the nation and this year we wanted to celebrate the ever-expanding community of ‘sheddies’ by opening the competition to the wonderful world of sheds that exist across different shores.

“We’ve already seen a massive influx of entries into this year’s competition, spanning everything from those inspired by the architectural conquests of Grand Designs to the wacky and wonderful hand crafted creations.”

Matt Cassidy from Cabin Porn said: “Since 2008, we’ve collected cabin inspiration from around the world, with an emphasis on handmade, authentic spaces. Like Shed of the Year, Cabin Porn celebrates the joys of creating, building, and DIY spirit. The competition is perfectly suited to our mission – creating a home of your own – be it a remote off-the-grid getaway or a backyard shed hideout.”

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol said: “Since the start of the competition we’ve certainly seen a trend towards people viewing their garden shed as an extension of their home and more people are finding amazing uses for their sheds which goes beyond DIY.

Over the past 10 years’ sheds have certainly evolved from eccentric museums to personal sanctuaries where people are escaping from everyday stresses and growing their passions, talents and even businesses.”

 

Top Shed-scapism Stats:

  • UK tops tables with most inspirational shed (53% of votes)
  • People feel happier (75%) healthier (65%) and more relaxed (74%)
  • Brits spend an average of £409 on sheds with women spending more than men on their shed sanctuaries
  • 34% of Brits have spent more time in their garden since buying a shed
  • 40% of Brits would like to renovate their sheds to a space they could use for themselves

 

The Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition for 2017 is now officially open for registration. To register your shed, visit www.readersheds.co.uk and fill out the form.

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Bacon and sheds – two perfect things together at last – how to cure & smoke bacon in your shed

Sheddie Nick (@shedbacon) has written a guest post about two of my favourite things Sheds and Bacon.


The shed I use was a bit of a white elephant, I built it as a sort of garden room cum small summerhouse, but it just got filled with kids toys and the barbecue, and it was a bit lacking in direction. Until I hit upon the idea of making bacon in it.

Bacon is lovely, right? But it’s not like it used to be. Fed up with this (And with a dearth of decent butchers or farmers markets up here) I set off on a voyage of discovery.

I was going to make it myself.

It’s just pig, at the end of the day, with salt and maybe some smoke, so I hit Google. Hard.

Here is a gallery of all of Nick’s work – in detail 🙂

It’s not really just salt, if you just use salt you get bacon which isn’t all the same colour, and it takes longer to cure as well. Who wants to wait?…

I buy the pork in the supermarket, I usually get a rolled loin roast weighing about 2KG. You just cut the string and you’re good to go. Once it’s cured you end up with about 1.5 KG of bacon.

Happily there are several companies who will provide you with a pre mixed curing salt mix, I use a commercial organic curing salt with some success, although I now use a mix of the curing salt, rock salt, and demerara sugar at a ratio of about 100g per KG of product.

The dry curing takes place in the shed when the weather is cool (I’m in Aberdeenshire, so that means anytime other than late June, July, or August usually. During these months I have to use the fridge) The meat is placed on a layer of cure, and has the rest of the cure rubbed all over it and sits in a pyrex dish, The cure causes liquid to leach out of the meat, and this is discarded every day, after all I’m dry curing it, nobody likes that white foam you get when you try to fry brined bacon. Well, I don’t and I originally set out to make it for me.

Once it’s had long enough in the cure (3 to 4 days usually, although Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall recommends curing for a week, but this is so salty that it turns your face inside out) I remove it from the salt and rinse it, then hang it up for a day or 2 to air dry a little longer. If you like unsmoked bacon then that’s it. Slice it up and get it eaten. It’ll keep for a week to ten days in the fridge.

I prefer smoked bacon, And there really is no smoke without fire. I ‘m looking to flavour the meat, not cook it, so I needed to get smoke. Cold smoke. You can rig up all manner of Heath Robinson contraptions using ducting, pipes, old pans, steel car wheels, etc, etc, but I took the easy way and got hold of a Pro Q cold smoke generator. It’s a great little thing, stainless steel, zero moving parts, and it gives about 12 hours of consistent smoke. It uses the Pro Q smoking dusts, which which are available in a variety of woods. Cherry and Oak are my favourites, so I tend to use a mix of these 2 woods together.

My smoker is made from a piece of 9mm ply I wombled from a big pallet courier company, along with a heap of pallets a while back, it’s just a box about 18 ins square by about 4ft high with an old floor tile in the bottom for the smoke generator to sit on, and a couple of rails at the top to hang whatever you’re smoking from.

I smoke the bacon, for about 12 hrs and then leave it for 12 to 24 hours still in the smoker before slicing it by hand, eating, it, or distributing it among my friends and colleagues, in exchange for a bottle of beer or two.


If you do something amazing and slightly different from the norm in your shed then let me know.

Yet more Pub sheds that will amaze you or just have you gawping

The pubShed posts are one of the most popular on shedblog – see here and here, so I thought I would do a new one with some of the newer examples of this fine form of shed.

Be it a tiki bar or a old school english pub or even a disco shed – you sheddies sure know how to enjoy yourself.

If you have a great pub shed then why not enter it for Shed of the year 2017.

Gamekeepers Lodge – Pub/Entertainment from Garden #shedoftheyear

The Little Buck – Pub/Entertainment from Garden #shedoftheyear

Lamie Log – Pub/Entertainment from Garden #shedoftheyear




The Baron’s Arms – Pub/Entertainment from Garden #shedoftheyear

Hog In The Hedge – Pub/Entertainment from Garden #shedoftheyear

The Stumble Inn At Mersham – Pub/Entertainment from garden #shedoftheyear

Cocktails And Dreams – Pub/Entertainment from Chaddesden #shedoftheyear

The Shed Alehouse – Pub/Entertainment from Village Street #shedoftheyear

Outback Inn – Pub/Entertainment from Between 2 houses in a 7 foot gap #shedoftheyear

The Party Shed – Pub/Entertainment from HACKNEY. EAST LONDON #shedoftheyear

The Joiners Arms – Pub/Entertainment from end of garden #shedoftheyear

The Practice Room – Pub/Entertainment from garden #shedoftheyear

Rum Corner – Pub/Entertainment from Garden #shedoftheyear

How #StormDoris had an effect on the #sheds of the UK

Seeing a few sheds that were having some issues from the ongoing Storm Doris – I decided to try and track the storm shed wise and it’s quite sad to see what damage it has done – but a lot of people took it in their stride.

So next storm make sure your shed is well and truly stormproof or maybe fix a new roof.

Cool Things You Can Do When You Power Up Your Shed!   

Thanks to Richard from WhatShed.co.uk for this guest post about cool things you can do when you add power to your shed.

Ok so the title may make you think that we are talking about putting guns on the roof, zombie proof shutters on the windows and so on. But actually what we are talking about is electricity. That is right in the year 2017 we have  this great thing called electricity and it can be used to make your shed, workshop or just general garden building even better! well actually it has been around a little longer than that, but you know what we mean. We want to give you guys a few ideas and maybe even a little inspiration about some fun and cool things you can do when you power up your shed! We will also share with you a few garden buildings that we think would be ideal for you.

 

Have An Epic Man Cave!

Having  a man cave is the cool thing these days. A space where a guy can do what he wants, watch movies, play videogames, watch the match or just do whatever it is he wants. But in a space that is all his own. Well one way to have a man cave and not lose a room in your house is by using some kind of shed or workshop. For a man cave you will certainly want to make sure that you have plenty of plug sockets as you will no doubt have many cool things you want inside. Also by having your man cave outside the house you have far less chance of your other half yelling at you to come and do something when you are trying to watch Luke Skywalker take down the At-At on your big screen TV!

 

You can easily get a well made and strong garden building that would work well as a man cave for under a grand. So the actual building does not have to be as expensive as you would thin. A great example is this awesome looking Dutch Barn inspired shed. It first of all has a really cool look.

 But it also offers you a lot of space. One thing you really want to watch for is the headroom on offer and this particular shed has lots of headroom. Last thing you want is to be hunched over in your man cave when walking around. Also the higher the roof the more cool stuff you can hang from it. This is also large enough to fit in a couch and an entertainment centre.  

 

Get Fit In Style With Your Own Home Gym

Ok so we kind of see the irony of going from a shed where you can sit on your rear end, drinking beer, chowing down on Pringles while watching football to a home gym, but this is something more and more people are using sheds, workshops or even better if you have the funds is something like this cool garden room.  

A gym membership these days can cost anything from £15 a month all the way up to £50 so really you could argue that in the long run a home gym in your shed is going to save you money in the long run. But what do I need electricity for if I am just having a gym in my shed? Is no doubt what a few of you smarty pants have said. But to have a proper home gym, you will want some kind of cardio equipment in there and to get the best ones, you have to power them up. The last thing you want is a manual treadmill!

Things like weights and a weight bench will not require power, but if you do have power in there then you can put a TV on the wall and a sound system which will make working out much better. For example if you like football then you can go on a cross trainer or a treadmill while you watch the match and best of all as you have a home gym, you will not have to bring the treadmill into the living room, scuff up the carpet, ding the skirting board and get an earful of your other half. Yes you could have a home gym without powering up your shed, but we can assure it that it will not be as cool or as motivating as one that does!

 

Give The Kids An Awesome Place To Play With A Kids Playroom

Having a bunch of kids running around the house, shooting Nerf guns, screaming, watching annoying YouTube videos can test the patience of a saint. Not only that kids seem to go out of their way to cause damage to every room they are in! Then you can make this a dream hangout spot for kids. Now we have heard that people have converted a regular shed into a kids playroom, not put any power in there and everything has been fine. Now for younger kids who like to just run around crazy this is fine, but by putting power in there you are actually future proofing your kids playroom, hangout zone or whatever name they want to call it.

What we mean is that older kids will certainly want at least a TV in there. So they can watch YouTube or play video games or even just listen to some music when they are with their buddies. Which by the way just think about that for a second, your kid and all their little friends are hanging out in the garden instead of in your house! Anyway electricity is essential for a teenagers play room as they cannot go more than five minutes without looking at some kind of electrical device. We guarantee you that if you were to tell your kids that you were making them a special room just for them in the back yard one of the first things they will ask is if there is going to be a TV in there!

 

Become A DIY Master With Your Own Workshop

Ok so this is kind of boring and the most obvious one and that is why we did not put it first. But the fact of the matter is, you can have a way cooler and more practical workshop if you have it juiced to the max with electricity! Now you can have a fine workshop without electricity, but what about if you want to work at night? What about if your battery in a particular power tool is dead and you need it directly connected to the mains while you use it? What if you want to rock out to a little Iron Maiden when you work? These are all important and valid questions that can be easily answered if you have power in your workshop.

If you had something like this large 16 X 10 workshop then just think of all the epic power tools you could have. You could have workbenches with plug sockets built right in there is honestly no end to the cool stuff you could make in a workshop with power. And like we said before you can work through the night as you would have light in there. Although if you are running power tools at night you can expect a rather unpleasant conversation with the neighbours.  

 

Host Parties And Dinners

Ok so clearly from the name, we were not entirely sure what to call this. But the idea of this is having a nice space in the garden like a corner summerhouse for example. Where you can have a dining room table and host some fun little shindigs with some good friends and family members that your other half forces you to put up with. Well while you could sit out here in the dark with candle light like you are in the dark ages. It would be much better if you had power in there so you can have lighting, music and maybe even a TV so you can keep an eye on the match while listening to your brother in laws fascinating story.  

Many people would love to have a spot in their house where they can have people over for dinner, but a large dining table can take up a lot of room. Building a conservatory or an extension can cost a huge amount of money and in all honesty not give you the same kind of space something large like a good sized summerhouse can. We honestly think that anyone who is planning on getting a summerhouse in their garden to enjoy company has to think about putting power in there.

 

Get Creative With Your Own Art Studio

Ok this on may seem a little out there, but please hear us out. Far more people use a shed, workshop or even a summerhouse like this one as an art studio, pottery studio or just as a space where they can be creative than you would think. We found this very interesting and in all honesty, we feel that it is impossible to have this kind of creative space without having power to the structure. We say this because what if you get a creative spark at 9 pm and it is dark outside? Having power in there allows you to work on your art when you want to and not when the sunlight dictates. If you are into pottery then you simply must have some kind of power in their so you can work.

 

Adding electricity to your artistic space will also allow you to do more than just ensure the place is well illuminated. You could do things like have a small electric heater so you can work comfortably in the winter. A TV or stereo could even be put in there to help give you a little bit of inspiration or even just give you something to do when you are at a creative roadblock. If you are a creative person and you want a nice space to work then a shed with some power is the best way to go.

 

A Little Word About Putting Electricity To Your Garden Building

Ok so running an extension cable from your kitchen to the shed is really not the way to go or what we are talking about here. If you are putting electricity in your shed, workshop, summerhouse or whatever it is. Then please, please make sure you do it properly. Actually unless you are an electrician we advise that you do not do it at all and hire a professional.

There is a great blog post here about putting electricity into your shed and please make sure you read it before you try and do a quick and easy job yourself.  

 

“She sheds” are popular in the US – so here is a nice book on them

I have just been sent a copy of a new book about lady sheddies “She Sheds” – it mostly covers American sheds (yes they exist)  but a couple of UK and Australian sheds feature, it has some great photos and ideas to inspire – as you would imagine they are all very stylish.

This one from St Albans, UK is very chic (can I say that) but I have always been a fan of all white shed interiors, so yes I can.

anyway here is the bumf, it’s a nice addition to any sheddies bookcase

She Sheds provides inspiration, tips and tricks in over 100 beautiful photographs, helping you create the hideaway of your dreams. In this beautiful book, you’ll see dozens of in-depth examples of private spaces to inspire you in your own pursuit. Some she sheds are dedicated to making art, some gardening, crafts, or reading. All over the world, women are discovering the solitude and splendour of a she shed.

 

She Sheds: A Room Of Your Own by Erika Kotite is published by Cool Springs Press (£16.99).

Boat Roofed Shed – winning Shed of the year changed my life

Nice little update from Alex Holland him of the upturned boat shed.

I was fortunate enough to be the overall winner of the 2013 Shed Of The Year competition with my ‘Boat Roofed Shed‘.

Doing so has changed my life for the better! It is like being the President of the United States in that you retain your title. I often hear “Didn’t you win ‘Shed of the Year’? ” which is not a bad thing to be remembered for….

I am also a practicing disc jockey and in last years Glastonbury Festival program my listing (for DJ Badly) said “winner of the Shed of the Year no less” which made me immensely proud of the accolade.

Winning has also led to fine new friendships, comedy shows, gigs and charitable ‘open shed days’ all in our little corner of Mid Wales.

It has also led us into a rental business via Airbnb and a new career direction for my good self.

Do enter your shed as it is the taking part and not just the winning that makes Shed of the Year such a good thing…

Well done Wilco, following that idea in the pub has lead to all sorts of good things…. Long may it continue. X Alex

If you have a great follow up story about your shed then contact me

Some interesting videos of shed builds

When the sheddies add their sheds for Shed of the year some of them also add videos, so you and us judges can have a good look at their builds – so here are a collection of great ones, some with jaunty tunes! – be great to see your shed in video form – contact me and I will feature it here

The Scaffold Board Studio

The Beauty Shed

 

Colin Furze Mad Creation shed

Skull lounge

The Game Shed

The Baron’s Arms

The Carpenters Arms

Povera

 

Guest post :  A woolly hat for your shed

Thanks to Andy from Workshopshed.com for this guest post about insultation your shed roof.

Everyone knows when it’s cold you put a hat on to keep warm and every house has loft insulation. But when building a shed we typically only have a layer of board topped with felt to keep us warm. My shed was particularly bad as the roof only consisted of some corrugated plastic meaning that even with the heater on it did not keep warm.

Here’s how I retrofitted an insulated roof to my shed with some ideas as to how you might do this yourself.

oldroof

oldroof2

My shed already had a frame supporting the roof so I knew it would be ok for some extra weight. If your walls are a bit flimsy then you want to consider re-enforcing these before you begin.

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In my case, I needed to replace all of the roof so I used tongue and groove for the inner skin. However, it is quite possible to put the new roof on top of the old. The result is a sandwich of wood and insulation with battens for spacing and support.

Materials

  • Insulation, blocks are easiest
  • Timber for battens
  • Board such OSB
  • Felt
  • Screws, drywall or exterior
  • Clout nails

Tools

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill

The first step is to remove the existing felt so that you can measure up for the battens. My shed is a bit of a peculiar shape so my batten frame had to match that. Otherwise, you just need a simple rectangle. When using multiple boards, fit cross struts at the places where those boards meet. If you are planning skylights then add extra battens around that area too. The frame can be made up in advance of putting it on the roof. For a large roof, multiple frames may prove more manageable. Place the frame on the roof and screw through from below to secure.

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You can now fit the insulation into the frame. For block insulation, this should be straightforward. If you want to use rolled loft insulation then you will need to work out a way of stopping it all sinking to the bottom, perhaps cross wires held with screw eyes?

The top of this sandwich is OSB, if you cut this a bit larger than the frame then you can avoid a gap at the ridge. Otherwise like me, you will need to fit a piece of timber in the gap. Before fixing, I find it useful to pencil on where the battens are located. This makes it easier to ensure your screws will go through the top sheet and secure into the batten. You want the screws to be flush with the board so they don’t rip the felt. I drilled holes for mine but found I did not need to countersink them because the drywall screws do that themselves.

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For extra waterproofing an under-felt was added, this is the felt that’s used for house roofs and does not have the stone chippings of regular roofing felt. It was cheaper than regular felt and the stones are only needed on the top layer to protect from the sun. So, to top it all off regular roofing felt was used, held in place with clout nails.

finishedroof

The shed still gets cold in the winter as it’s not constantly heated. It quickly warms up with a fan heater and keeps the heat. This means the fan heater can be turned down or off and the shed is still a pleasant place to work.

You can visit Andy’s website for great posts on his various make projects (includes dragons and 3d Printing), or follow him on twitter.


If you as a sheddie have an interesting build or fix you would like to share with the sheddies then Let me know.

The Toolshed Journal and Colouring Book by John Lee Phillips

You may have remembered the brilliant John Lee Phillips’s project to draw all the items in his grandad’s shed – well he has a book coming out that highlights some of excellent work.

A photo posted by @leejohnphillips on

I look forward to looking at them in more details when they come out.

The details from the publisher Laurence King

Started in 2013, originally as one drawing a day, Phillips’ Shed Project documents item by item the contents of his late grandfather’s shed.

Lee estimates there are 100,000 objects in the shed, from rusting hammers and saws, from rivets and nails to scissors and paintbrushes. He has currently drawn 4,600 of them.

Yet he refuses to be daunted by the task, painstakingly drawing and cataloguing each item to help to keep the memory of his grandfather alive.

Toolshed Journal is a beautifully designed journal, featuring three different stocks and 40 illustrations (both full-page and details) drawn from Lee John Phillips’ attention-grabbing Shed Project.
With a page of stickers and a mixture of illustrated and blank pages to write on.

The Toolshed Colouring Book is perhaps the first colouring book aimed at sheddies, and features 50 illustrations from Lee John Phillips’ Shed Project.

The books are out on 23 Sep 2016

The Shed of the year 2016 is the …. West Wing

ECCENTRIC ECO SHED CROWNED 2016 SHED OF THE YEAR

Remarkable ‘West Wing’ in Berkshire crowned overall winner of the highly coveted Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition 2016
Thousands of Brits across the nation tuned in to watch George Clarke announce the winner during the final episode of hit Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ Annual competition sponsored by Cuprinol showcases the UK’s most outrageously spectacular sheds

 

Following a record-breaking 2,825 entries and 12,292 public votes, ‘West Wing’ from Berkshire has been crowned winner of the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition 2016. Made from 90% recycled material and featuring a hidden room behind a secret bookcase, ‘West Wing’ took out the top honour in a nail biting season finale.

After a tense and lengthy deliberation between the show’s judges, competition founder, Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), George Clarke, the Amazing Spaces team William Hardie, Laura Clark and Max McMurdo, tonight’s episode saw a distinct favourite emerge.

 

George Clarke Shed of the year finalists
George Clarke Shed of the year finalists

The West Wing, a family-friendly labour of love over eight years, has three separate sections including a spacious loft which as an area to sleep and wind down, a large workshop space for ‘shedworking’ and a secret bookcase that reveals a hidden room for the kids to enjoy. The eco-friendly shed, with its warm and cozy charm, is a quirky getaway at the bottom of the garden.

Revealed by George Clarke on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, the exhilarating competition came to a close with ‘West Wing’ shed owner, Kevin Herbert, taking home the coveted title along with £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol, £100 of Cuprinol products, a winner’s plaque and a giant crown for his shed.

When asked about his winning shed, creator Kevin said: “We were up against some tough competition this year as the sheds were more eccentric and impressive than ever before. So I am so honored and proud that my shed at the bottom of the garden was chosen as the winner of Shed of the Year 2016. I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who voted for West Wing – the eight years that it took to build has really paid off!”

After winning the Eco Category in episode two, ‘West Wing’ went head-to-head with the seven other quirky category winners as decided by the public including ‘The Chapel’, winner of the Unexpected Category, ‘Shed of Dreams’, Cabin & Summerhouse Category winner, ‘Cowpe Smithy’, Workshop & Studio Category winner, ‘The Rotating Shed’, Unique Category winner, ‘Hooting Owl’, Pub & Entertainment Category winner, ‘Ilona’s Summerhouse, Budget Category winner and ‘Wychurst Longhall’, Historic Category winner.

Andrew Wilcox, Founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year says: “Picking the winner is always a tough decision. After we narrowed down the sheds to the last few standing, the final decision had a lot of discussion, but there was a clear winner when it came to choosing Kevin’s shed. I absolutely love West Wing, not only for its quirkiness in terms of its design and use, but also because of the determination that Kevin had to get it built. I hope it inspires other sheddies around the UK to build their own amazing spaces in time for Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year 2017.”

George Clarke and The Shed of the Year finalists
George Clarke and The Shed of the Year judges

Brand Manager Katie Taylor for Cuprinol, says: “We’re really proud to sponsor Shed of the Year for the ninth time running. Year on year, we are blown away by the amazing creativity and hard work of the sheddies around the UK and West Wing is no exception. It’s clear that the humble garden shed is no longer just a space to store garden tools, as you can see the West Wing use it as an extra living space where they can spend more time enjoying either quiet or family time. We hope the competition will inspire the nation to make the most of the outdoor space they have, no matter how big or small.”

To see more details on category winners visit readersheds.co.uk.
To see me details on the full shortlist visit cuprinol.co.uk/shedoftheyear.jsp

THE WINNERS

ECO WINNER AND OVERALL SHED OF THE YEAR 2016 WINNER

West Wing: Owned by Kevin Herbert in Berkshire.

Made from 90% recycled materials and set across three sections, the West Wing includes a bed in loft space, an area to relax and escape, a secret bookcase, a play area, storage and workshop.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5840

WORKSHOP & STUDIO WINNER

Cowpe Smithy: Owned by Robin Sharples in Lancashire.

Built to replicate a corrugated iron and timber workshop common after World War One, Cowpe Smithy is clad with salvaged air raid shelter corrugated iron obtained from a closing military surplus dealer. The shed also houses a large collection of Blacksmiths Anvils.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5618

CABIN & SUMMERHOUSE WINNER

Shed of Dreams: Owned by Oliver Renison in Warwickshire.

This property features not one, but two sheds.
Shed of Dreams features an unconventional roof with a Gothic arch. The shed has a Gothic ‘Trefoil’ made using washing machine doors and has a stove fitted and alfresco setting. The River Shed is a communal shed on an allotment plot right by the riverside. The shed stands on the footprint of a dilapidated shed and is built from treated timber.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5837

UNIQUE SHED WINNER

Rotating Shed: Owned by Bryan Lewis Jones in Benbighshire.

As the name suggests, the stunning open plan, curved architectural design rotates through 360 degrees to follow the sunlight throughout the day. Featuring inviting lounge chairs and a sumptuous fireplace, the shed is a great retreat.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5604

PUB/ENTERTAINMENT SHED WINNER

Hooting Owl: Owned by Derek McCarthy in Limerick.

All of the materials used to build this were shipped all the way from the Tatra Mountains at the heart of Zakopane in Poland where the design was originally inspired. Featuring a stone fireplace, the shed has been used to house many a card game, party and evening of serene contemplation.
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HISTORICAL SHED WINNER

Wychurst Longhall: Owned by Roland Williamson and friends in Kent.

An impressive sight as the largest reconstructed early mediaeval building in private hands in Europe, Wychurst Longhall was constructed by members of various re-enactment societies. Built entirely of English oak, the shed is situated in a patch of secluded woodland near Canterbury in Kent.
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BUDGET SHED WINNER
Ilona’s Summerhouse: Owned by Ilona in North Lincolnshire.

Hand crafted by a first-time builder with recycled materials of pallets, doors, polycarbonate roof and reclaimed paving slabs, this shed is a little sunlit hideaway.
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UNEXPECTED SHED WINNER
The Chapel: Owned by Jamie Taylor in Warwickshire.

Originally built in the 60s (although originally dated back 150 years) Jamie has revitalised the chapel with his own flare while maintaining the theme.
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