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I love sheds (you all know that by now)- and I have gone past the point where I think nah that’s not a shed that’s a folly – but does it matter as long as it’s an amazing shed like structure and you get a lot of joy out of it then that’s all ok in my shedbook.
I get asked every week “how can I get some lighting in my shed”, “how can I charge my phone in my shed” – and I tend to point them to Kevin Holland of the Solar Shed as that’s what he knows.
But Kevin asked me late last year if I fancied helping him out on a small shed based business venture – he sells large scale solar panels to companies and he builds solar sheds for people – but he knew there was a need for smaller scale solar power to sheds that was aimed at the right people – YOU SHEDDIES.
so SolarWorkshop was born – I set up the website and will promote it
to you sheddies and Kevin takes cares of all the orders and any tech information that people need to know.
Currently there is a select number of products to see how it goes, if there are any products you would like to see us carry then let me know
1) So it’s been 6 months since you won Shed of the year 2014, how’s it been
What a 6 months it’s been thanks to you and the amazing spaces team.
I’ve had so many messages from people through my website and on twitter, all positive about the award and the tv series, it’s actually quite hard to reply to them all.
The messages come from all over the world as well, which was surprising.
As well as being in pretty much most of the UK press and on lots of local TV, there’s been a Chinese lifestyle magazine an Australian DIY magazine, bloggers and self builders from America to Japan.
I’ve also had so many requests to build something similar for other people.
2) What’s changed in your shed world since the win
Because of all the requests to build something similar for other people, I’ve basically been doing a lot of this.
I’ve had to take on a couple of carpenters to help me, so in many respects I now have an up and running business and the requests aren’t slowing down, so I have to decide how far I want to take it.
3) What is the best thing in your opinion about your allotment roofed shed
The allotment roof, is probably what makes it different and a little bit special, it’s so nice to sit up there all the year round, it’s like a little countryside in the city of London.
But I’ve always said the best thing ultimately is what the shed does for my life.
I could never have afforded a music studio and art studio in London, so it is the shed which has given me the opportunity to do these things, I’m sure this will resonate with lots of sheddies and as I said in a rather corny fashion on the show.
‘The shed defines my life really!’
4) What future plans do you have for your winning shed
I’ve already had a shed party after the show. I’m going to have a few open days, so people I don’t know can come and visit.
The shed will just function as always and I will always spend most of my time in it. I’ll being working on a new painting collection and a new album next year.
I’m also going to write a little book for people explaining the build because I can’t reply to all the requests.
5) What three bits of advice would you give to a potential sheddie looking to build their own
Most of the time, planning and preparation will be a great help.
Write down what you are hoping to use it for and simple things like what am I going to put in it and how will I get it in, can save you a lot of grief later.
Then when it comes to building, you have to think about structure, you don’t want it to be dangerous.
After that, you can let you imagination go, it doesn’t have to be an extension of your house, it can be what ever you want it to be.
And you can always contact me, I’m happy to give advice if I can, I am proud to be a part of the sheddy community.
6) As a judge* for 2015 what sort of thing will you be looking for in the entrants?
I’m trying not to have any pre conceived ideas about what is good and bad, but I want to get a sense of the person in the shed, I want the personality to show through.
I suppose I will always have a soft spot for the self build, but that doesn’t mean an adapted pre-fab can’t be a special shed.
It’s all about celebrating sheds and the eccentricities of the British public, this is what will make a certain shed shine through.
*last years winner automatically gets to be a judge for the next year.
In 2005, the French National Federation of the Building industry (FFB) approached the Touraine association of young architects, the Girafe for the construction of a new age vineyard cabin.
Big sister of the cabin that the candidates are invited to create, this project already fitted in the program the Loire à Vélo® which then started to take rise. The Cycloyourte, thought as a shelter for one night, like a refuge, was born!
The “loges de vigne”, vineyard cabins, or huts, are modest constructions, often reduced to only one room, and intended to meet the needs for the vine growers to eat, shelter or rest. The first appeared in the Loire Valley in the 16th century and then multiplied to take truly their rise at the end of the 19th century. Since the beginning of the 20th century, they fell in disuse.
Dundee School of Architecture graduate Colin Baillie has won an international contest for a new cycle cabin on the Loire à Vélo trail in France
Baillie – who works for Glasgow-based Gareth Hoskins Architects – was named joint winner of the contest which sought ideas for two sites on the cycle route.
Open to graduate and student architects under 30 years old, the ‘Loire & Loges’ contest sought proposals for simple 15m² cabins where cycle tourists can shelter and rest during the day.
Baillie’s winning design will be constructed at Chouzé-sur-Loire between Janaury and May next year. He will also receive around £2,750 at an awards ceremony in Tours.
We love a unique shed on readersheds.co.uk but this one recently added is very unique indeed.
This former wine keg is now suitable for approx. 4 people who can comfortably enjoy it’s interior with it’s cellar and also it’s attic where they can all sleep. We have built in a seating area inside with a small cellar for food and beverages, attic for sleep overs and many other amenities. The shed is located in our own vineyard and has a beautiful view over the near picturesque landscape.
Yes it’s one of those highlights of the year posts – I could of course just list 13 sheds and be done with it – oh wait yes that’s what Ive done – but sheds are the the point of this blog so have a happy new year and make 2015 be the year you win Shed of the year.
1 ) Best way to start is by looking back on the year previously this time in the company of Shed of the year Winner Songs from the shed.
Jon owner and mastermind behind the Shed of the year 2011 @shedsongs has posted the most popular videos of 2013 – Whatever your musical tastes sit back with a cuppa and enjoy. The 10 most viewed videos 2013. I think…
2) One of the most popular post on shedblog for a long time and it keeps coming back
THE GREAT BRITISH SHED-AWAY One in five Brits admit to spending time in their shed to avoid their partners whilst a quarter would prefer it over seeing their in-laws and 8% would even rather spend time in their shed than…
5) We welcome our Shed of the year judges after the announcement that Shed of the year will be on the Telly in 2014
I’m very pleased to announce this years Finalists for Shed of the year 2014 > With a record breaking 20,000 public votes (a 73% increase on last year) the nation has selected the finalists in the annual Shed of the year
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
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
I have been a massive fan of the Workshop shed since day one of readersheds.co.uk (it’s not just pub sheds for me you know) they are the backbone of the shed community someone disappears down the shed to MAKE something
After my post yesterday about creative sheddies – I remembered this amazing tattoo artist who plies his creative trade from his shed. also you may remember that shed of the year judge Max Mcmurdo got a tattoo of a shed
13) A feature on amazing sheddie and his continuing collection of sheds
Last year we had 250 sheds entered for Shed of the year 2014, in 2013 we had 168 with the overall passing the 2000 mark last year.
so 2015 is on the way to beating both with a 164 sheds entered so far up until Boxing Day 2014 – so bring on the entrants!
of course previous entrants (that have not won) automatically go forward to be entrants each year as a lot of sheddies will change or pimp up their sheds and we should give everyone a chance as they have loved their sheds for years.
looking to close entrants in May 2015 so you have plenty of time to enter – plus we may be changing the voting slightly this year – so watch this space.
Here are some of the more interesting entrants this year – but everyone has a good chance as its down to the many factors.
anyway here are some sheds with lawnmowers in, don’t say we don’t cover everyone.
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