I love the sugru little videos

I’m a big fan of the super rubber thing Sugru but their little videos show what it can do in a few seconds.

5th Feb More amazing #randomsheds

Been a quiet shed few weeks for me due to non shed things so here are a few random sheds you should look at.

Q & A with author of Shed Decor: Sally Coulthard

A brief Q & A with Author and sheddie Sally Coulthard , who’s new book Shed Decor: How to Decorate and Furnish Your Favorite Garden Room is out on the 19th of Feb.

Q) Shed decor is the 2nd book on sheds you have written – are you as obsessed about sheds as we are?

I think I’m getting worse.  And it’s not just sheds – I’m fascinated by lots of different small space buildings.  One of the most exciting things is seeing how people carve out and decorate spaces for themselves, without massive budgets or complicated materials.

Humans are endlessly creative, especially when it comes to living spaces – kids instinctively build shelters and hideaways, but we often lose that drive when we get older.  It’s a pity because there’s nothing more satisfying that building your own den.  There’s the old saying that everyone has got a book in them.  Well, I think everyone has a shed in them.

Q) Is your book aimed more at female sheddies or can us male sheddies get some inspiration as well?

Shed Decor – it’s not a very blokey title really – but don’t be put off.  This is definitely not a girlie book – there’s a really good balance of sheds and styles. There are some really cool shed interiors – from railways carriages to treehouses – and my take on it is that good design appeals to both sexes.

It’s telling that over half the case studies in the book are sheds that belong to men – from architects to product designers, furniture makers and garden designers.

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Q) what trends have you seen while writing the book?

Vintage is losing its grip and that’s no bad thing.

There’s only so much bunting I can take.  I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the more contemporary shed designs but I think the real difference has been people working out ways to make sheds genuinely liveable, even in cold climates.

There’s been some interesting developments in insulation and solar technology – people want their sheds to be comfortable, not just a cool room at the end of the garden.

Q) what one thing would you say to a sheddie if they wanted to just make their shed look chic on a limited budget?

If it’s cheap orange timber, paint it.  If it’s nice timber, leave it. Oops that’s two things…

Q) What’s your favourite item in a shed you have seen while on your travels

I’m going to cheat a bit and say that it’s not an item, it’s the attitude of the shed owners.  One of my favourite places was a hunting hut deep in the Swedish forest.

The owners leave it unlocked all year round – for passing travellers to rest, make a fire and brew a cuppa – I just think that’s so civilised.  It’s also a gorgeous piece of simple, rustic architecture, which always helps.

Q) what’s next in the pipeline

Busy busy.  A large part of my day-to-day life isn’t book writing, it’s designing gardens and building garden rooms for clients.  I’m about the embark on a big shepherds hut project – which I’m really excited about – and part of the fun is working out how I’m going to build them.   Further ahead, another book.

About Sally

Sally Coulthard I Went to Oxford to read Archaeology & Anthropology, where I became slightly obsessed about all the fascinating ways people have built homes around the world and throughout time.  Ploughed all that passion into a working life that combines making and designing living spaces and then writing about them.  Live in North Yorkshire in a ramshackle farmhouse that I’ll never get round to finishing with a long-suffering husband – who’s a gardener – and three tiddlers.

Some brilliant #randomshed this week

Here is the round-up of this weeks Random sheds – wish I could do a theme but the power of random is just that.

These sheds will blow your mind and redefine what you think is a shed

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.

THE QUEEN EMMA – GALLEON

THE QUEEN EMMA - GALLEON - Clare Kapma - Garden
 The Queen Emma is modelled on HMS Victory and HMS Warrior in Portsmouth.

TIN SHED EXPERIENCE

Tin Shed Experience - Andrew Isaacs - Laugharne, West Wales

In a small corner of west Wales a crazy germ of an idea has come to fruition over the last three years.

MOVILLE ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB

Moville Anti-social Club - Tom Evans - Lean-to in back yard.
Part storage, part microbrewery, part bar.

SIMON’S NIGHTCLUB

Simon's nightclub - Simon Steele - Garden in Chobham
There is a bar area, chill out area that feals like something from Thailand but you really have to see the shed to believe it.

CLARKSON MK1

Clarkson Mk1 - chris crowley - Ickenham, Middlesex
“Every invention that has ever mattered in the whole of human history has come from a man in a shed in Britain” says Clarkson in the sunday times

RAMMED EARTH ECO-SHED

Rammed Earth Eco-Shed - Michael Thompson - Potter Heigham, Norfolk
This shed is constructed out of Rammed Earth and has a Living Roof.

DISCO SHED MKII

Disco Shed mkII - Paddy Bickerton & Aidan Larkin - Secret cotswold hideaway
Remember, if your gnome’s not down, you’re not coming in…

DUCK END THUNDERBOLT

Duck End Thunderbolt - Peter Strange -  Oxfordshire
Originally built in 1883. Withdrawn from railway use 1928. Used as a dwelling until 1960. Used as a garden shed until 1997.

ROWHAUS

Rowhaus - mark Rowland - field
It is on wheels,Only one in the country,Tardis like interior,good acoustics,very calming atmosphere,a large telescope.

CAMPER SHED

Camper Shed - Phillip Western - Selly Park Birmingham
Modified for my 50th Birthday… just the thing for romantic weekends away!

THE ROMAN TEMPLE

The Roman Temple - Tony - Berkshire U.K.
The Roman Temple is a Folly. All the best stately homes can look across their estate and see a temple in the distance. It’s just that this one is a bit nearer to the house, that’s all !

BOSTIN BETTY

Bostin Betty - Paula - Landlocked in Birmingham
‘Bostin Betty’ – The Birmingham Beach and Bathing Machine (still searching for a sea view!)

The most amazing #randomsheds you will see this month

I tweet random sheds every other day if I remember – but it’s not me picking them it’s the random shed picking algorithm over at readersheds.co.uk/random

Here are a selection that this secret shed picking machine has chosen the past few months, enjoy

Welcome to our shed world the SolarWorkshop

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

Spot lights and flood lights

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to Solar panels and lighting kits that can power most sheds

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add a battery and an inverter and you can then charge most phones or tablets.

Here Kevin showing off the product range

and showing off one the the GEO Solar kits in a Horse Stable.

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Some American Sheds that will take your breath away

Yes Shed of the year and the humble shed is mainly a British thing. (if anyone wants to licence it for elsewhere talk to me ;) )

But it’s great to see the innovation happening overseas in the USA – I have always been in awe of their Tiny Houses but now looks like our cousins are “getting” sheds as well.

Here are some examples added to readersheds.co.uk that will make you think twice about shed like structures.
LANTERNSHED

LanternShed - Jennifer Watson - Amherst, Virginia

THE SHIPPEY SHACK

The Shippey Shack - Derek Diedricksen - Waltham, MA (right outside Boston, MA USA)

THE DOG HOUSE

The Dog House - Jason Arney-O'Neil - Minnesota, USA

PV LAWN CUBE 2011

PV Lawn Cube 2011 - Bradd Crowley - Prairie Village, KS USA

RED SHED

Red Shed - Edward Garland - Warwick, RI  USA

HOUSE OF FALLEN TIMBERS

House of Fallen Timbers - Fallen Timbers - Illinois, USA

THE SHED

The Shed - Matthew King - On lower property, garden overlook.

THE HAMMERSMITH BREWERY AND ALEHOUSE

The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse - Christopher Bowen - Pennsylvania

1930’S HUSBANDS’ SHED

1930's Husbands' Shed - Kepa Askenasy - San Francisco, California, USA

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A quick Q & A with #shedoftheyear 2014 winner Joel the Allotment Roof Shed owner

You all saw Joel win Shed of the year 2014 with his excellent Allotment roofed Shed on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces – now hear from the man himself.

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.

UK Architecture graduate win competition to design French Bike Sheds

I can’t see something like this happening in the UK – sheds for all I say!

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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.

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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.

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HT architectsjournal

Do you love sheds? do you love Wine then this shed is perfect for you

We love a unique shed on readersheds.co.uk but this one recently added is very unique indeed.

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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.

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My 13 highlights of a shed year 2014 – lots of sheds

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.

How about some Songs from the shed - a look back at 2013

HOW ABOUT SOME SONGS FROM THE SHED – A LOOK BACK AT 2013

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

12 Amazing Pub Sheds - You Would Love To Have In Your Back Garden

12 AMAZING PUB SHEDS – YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IN YOUR BACK GARDEN

Now with more pub sheds 12 More Amazing Pub Sheds – You Would Love To Have In Your Garden With the amazement by people (who are not sheddies!) that a house sold with a pub shed in it’s back garden…

3) March was quiet for some reason – so

Some nice photos of Sheds from Getty

SOME NICE PHOTOS OF SHEDS FROM GETTY

I have been neglecting our Flickr group for a while so hope to get back to that soon – but in the meantime – using the new getty images embed where are some great shots of sheds to get you…

4) Our friends at cuprinol launched their Shedonomics data

One in five Brits admit to spending time in their shed to avoid their partners

ONE IN FIVE BRITS ADMIT TO SPENDING TIME IN THEIR SHED TO AVOID THEIR PARTNERS

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 :) 

Welcome to the shed of the year 2014 judges

WELCOME TO THE SHED OF THE YEAR 2014 JUDGES

This year is a bit different as the judging of the category winners will be done on camera for Channel 4 –  and the winner will be announced on the show!! so here is a brief bit about this year

 

6) World cup was on so what did I asked – you will be surprised (not)

SO WHERE WILL YOU BE WATCHING THE WORLD CUP? ANSWER – YOUR SHED

Obligatory world cup post – some sheddies will be trimming up their sheds for the World Cup or getting their Pub Sheds stocked up

 

7) So the Finalists for Shed of the year were announced

 

The Finalists for Shed of the year 2014

THE FINALISTS FOR SHED OF THE YEAR 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

 

8) The Winner is announced !

2014 Shed of the year winner revealed

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

 

9) Bonus Behind the Scenes with the sheddies

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

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.

 

10) Some non shed of the year blog news

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

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

 

 11) Showing what people make in their sheds

Great examples of people making amazing things in their sheds

GREAT EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE MAKING AMAZING THINGS IN THEIR SHEDS

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

 

12) Some people love sheds too much ?

Judge Dredd tat done in a shed

SO WHO’S GETTING A TATTOO OF THEIR SHED DONE IN A SHED?

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

Amazing art studio shed in beautiful Fife countryside

AMAZING ART STUDIO SHED IN BEAUTIFUL FIFE COUNTRYSIDE

Last year Sheddie Peter McLaren from Fife entered his Pool hoose Eco shed and even got to the final of Shed of the year So it’s great that for Shed of the year 2015

See you all in 2015 Sheddies

There have been 164 new sheds entered into shed of the year 2015

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.

 
THE SHIPPEY SHACK

The Shippey Shack - Derek Diedricksen - Waltham, MA (right outside Boston, MA USA)

THE BALLROOM

The Ballroom - Tim Ball - Garden

ROWHAUS

Rowhaus - mark Rowland - field

TARDIS SENSORY DEN

Tardis Sensory den - Mark Beresford - On the edge of woodland at the bottom of the garden

CABIN OF THE GREEN MAN

cabin of the green man  - Luke Anthony wesley  - back garden

STUDIO SHED

Studio Shed - Peter McLaren - Kirkcaldy, Fife

ALADDIN’S CAVE

Aladdin's Cave - Liz Fallon - Wildlife Garden at The Butterfly Garden charity's site

EXTREME PROCESS MIND CONTROL EXPERIMENTAL SHED NSA

Extreme Process Mind Control Experimental Shed NSA - Tim Baber - Stubbings Meadow (an island) shed may be seen by shed fans from Danny Cracknell Pocket park.

OTTER RETREAT

Otter Retreat  - Bill Cotterill - Back of garden

FRED’S SHED

Fred's Shed - Nick Hancock - Back garden

WAVENEY VALLEY HOGSPITAL

Waveney Valley Hogspital - Anna Hunter - Garden

CAROLES CREATIONS

caroles creations - carole garwood - garden

PIRATE RETREAT

PIRATE RETREAT - KEITH BROWN - GARDEN

PERKY’S RETREAT

Perky's Retreat - Stuart Perkins - Garden

STEVES MAN CAVE

steves man cave - steven smith - garden

Sheds that don’t look like traditional sheds on the outside

We love strange and innovate sheds for Shed of the year – but of course some purists will say that’s not a shed – I say does the sheddie love it like a shed? YES well it’s a shed in my book ;)

But here are some sheds that definitely don’t look like your traditional garden shed on the outside (and sometimes inside as well) – and we are all the better for them.

 

ROWHAUS

Rowhaus - mark Rowland - field
FRAMEWORK KNITTERS SHED

 Framework Knitters Shed - Rosalind Smith -  Garden
STRACHAN’S ARCADE

Strachan's Arcade - James Strachan - Garden

CIRCUS SHED

Circus Shed - ydrolina - uppsala, Sweden
THE BOTHY

The Bothy - Donald - Garden
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THE LODGE

The lodge - malcolm stamp  - In our woodland valley
THE HOOTING OWL

The Hooting Owl - Derek McCarthy - Driveway
JAPANESE TEA HOUSE SHED

Japanese Tea House shed - Derek Verlander - Garden
PEAR TREE WEDDINGS HQ

Pear Tree Weddings HQ - Jo - VW Shed 'office' at the bottom of the garden
THE GAUDI SCHOOL SHED

the Gaudi school shed - mark clinton - yard
THE POKI

The poki - Huw Grantham - Garden
LHS BIKESHED

LHS Bikeshed - tom wyatt - Car Park
ECCENTRICA

Eccentrica - Lyndon - in garden
GARDEN COTTAGE

Garden Cottage - Tim Clark - Garden