Shed of the year 2016 shortlist – all the sheds announced

The UK’s most outrageously spectacular sheds battle it out for top honour of Shed of the Year.

Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year has announced the highly anticipated shortlist for 2016 showcasing this year’s most wacky, wonderful and extravagant sheds.

Voting is now open for the public to decide on the eight category winners .

Finalists to appear on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, airing on Channel 4 this summer with the overall winner to be revealed in the finale.

Following a record-breaking 2,825 entries into Cuprinol’s annual Shed of the Year competition, the much anticipated list of finalists can now be revealed, featuring some of the most spectacular sheds ever seen in the competition’s nine year history.

Back and better than ever, the shortlist covers everything from Star Wars to real-life crocodiles, hydraulics to Viking hideouts, 360 degree rotating floors to nuclear bunkers, sheds on wheels to entire shed villages and much more.

The finalists comprise of the top four sheds entered into each of the eight categories which include Eco, Unexpected, Pub & Entertainment, Workshop & Studio, Unique, Cabin & Summerhouse, Historical and Budget. From the most outlandish structures suitable for Grand Designs to the ingenious creations of crafty DIY’ers, the annual competition will celebrate the UK’s most weird, wacky and wonderful sheds all vying to be crowned Shed of the Year for 2016.



The ‘Raisebury’

The Chapel

Crocodile shed

The Dolls’ House



The Cob Shed

Love Shack

West wing



The Talliston Cabin

Shed of Dreams

Austin Camper Shed


Cowpe Smithy

Sci-Fi Shed


lawnside house


The Hooting Owl

Stephens bar


Tranquility Saloon


the walnuts

Bespoke Summerhouse aka The beach Hut

Art studio PEG

old garden shed


Dun 25

Air Cavalry Bunker


The Writing Shed



For the third year running, the shortlisted sheds will feature on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures, airing on Channel 4 this summer.

The category winners will be revealed on the show over the four week programme and the eight winners will then go head-to-head in a battle to become the overall winner.

Selected by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol along with a plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown for their shed.

Public voting to determine the category winners opens today (May 25th 2016) via The UK public will have until midday on June 8th to cast their vote on who they think deserves the winning title of Shed of the Year, along with a winner for each category.

Founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year, Andrew Wilcox said: “Following a record breaking number of entries, the competition is just getting bigger and better each year. It proves the nation is totally fanatical about garden sheds and the true British eccentricities are being championed.

“These sheds include some of the best I have ever seen in the history of the competition, so deciding who will take out top honour as the Shed of the Year 2016 will be tough, I love them all.”

Brand Manager for Cuprinol, Katie Taylor, says: “We’re really proud to sponsor Shed of the Year for the sixth time running. Year on year, we are blown away by the amazing creativity and hard work of the sheddies around the UK and this year is no exception.

It’s clear that the humble garden shed is no longer just a space to store garden tools, as more and more people use it as an extra living space where they can spend more time outdoors. 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 view and place a vote before midday on June 8th visit:

Kraken Kreations – I don’t have a shed I have an extra limb

This is a guest post from one of my sheddies Cath Janes – I have know Cath for a long time (even before sheds took over my life) – so I’m very happy that a shed is making her life better.

I don’t have a shed. I have an extra limb. That’s because my once rat-infested, patio-side, 4 x 3 metre girl cave has become the epicentre of my daily life. Without it I swear I would limp.

The Sewing Shed, as I now call it, is the HQ for Kraken Kreations, my career of sewing home décor and accessories to sell online. Yet it’s more than just a location for my work. It’s become a hub of creativity.

I sew in it every day (my daily commute is approximately 3.5 seconds long in my slippers), stitching shoutily-coloured bags and cushions and embroidering complex anatomical images or feminist slogans. Floor to ceiling shelves house my colour-organised fabrics, patterns, books, and equipment and my cutting table sits in the centre like a tropical island in a sea of colour. I spend seven hours a day in this shed and joyously so. Opening the glass doors in the morning and stepping into its chilly shade (it sits in underneath a sycamore tree) triggers such a sense of promise and achievement that the shed itself has become addictive.

My favourite part of this place, though, is the wall that I’ve decorated with all of the images that have inspired me over the years. I have maps of Paris, Nepalese tin icons of Hindu gods, Moorish images from Spain, scenes from the galleries I’ve visited in Los Angeles, Madrid, San Francisco, London and Paris, prints of work by Van Gough, Yoshimoto Nara and Dali, greetings cards from the 60s and 70s, a poster from the V&A’s Alexander McQueen exhibition, drawings from my daughter, family photos, quotes from Neil Gaiman, Caitlin Moran and Elizabeth Edwards and even an order of service from a friend’s funeral.

That’s why it’s impossible to not be creative in my sewing shed and it does more than provide me with a business. It actually helps keep me alive. Five years ago I had a breakdown caused by PND and PTSD. I’m now largely recovered but when I have bad days, days when I think there’s no point in carrying on or that I’m too worthless for words, I just head for my shed. Stepping inside reminds me that I should carry on, that I’m not worthless, that I can create and achieve and find self-worth in doing so.

So when I say that my shed is a limb, what I’m really being is modest. It’s even more than that. It’s an extension of not just my body but of my mind too. I am my shed.

You can follow Cath on twitter here – she loves a good swear mind!

Some of the most pinned sheds on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great way for you sheddies to get inspiration for your shed builds or ideas how you want to decorate your spaces.

Here are some of the most pinned sheds that have been entered over the years for Shed of the year – as you can see Pub sheds are popular but also well designed interiors.

If you think you have an amazing shed that you think could have a chance to win Shed of the year 2016, you now have until 15th May to add your shed.

You can follow me over here

Some amazing beach huts not by the sea

I love a shed by the sea or beach huts as you normal people call them.

Here are some great examples of the genre by our fabulous sheddies – the majority of them seem to be owned and created by lady sheddies showing once again that the ladies are on top shed form.

So get some inspiration and enter your beach hut into Shed of the year NOW

The Beach Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from Garden #shedoftheyear

1920’s Beach Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from Garden #shedoftheyear

Bespoke Summerhouse Aka The Beach Hut – Budget from Garden #shedoftheyear

Ant’s Pad – Unexpected from Weybridge #shedoftheyear

The Washery – Cabin/Summerhouse from Country Garden #shedoftheyear

Jenny’s Beach Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from garden #shedoftheyear

The Beach Hut – Unique from Chelveston, Northamptonshire #shedoftheyear

The Beach Hut – Unique from in the garden of a terrace house in central Colchester #shedoftheyear

Jabba The Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from back garden- Dorset #shedoftheyear

Stay Put Beach Hut – Unique from Felixstowe #shedoftheyear

Beach Huts – Unexpected from Back Garden #shedoftheyear

Bostin Betty – Workshop/Studio from Landlocked in Birmingham #shedoftheyear

So Amazing Spaces is returning this week with George and they are themed

The Amazing Spaces main show is back again to Channel 4 from Friday 22nd April at 8pm, and it looks like a best of builds show – which is great for people to get ready for a new series and get some inspiration for their builds – also don’t forget you can still enter your project for Shed of the year which closes on the 15th May – so Hurry Up Sheddies.

anyway here is the info on the next three episodes of Amazing Spaces airing on a prime Friday slot at 8pm starting from this Friday.

In this four part compilation series, George Clarke looks back over some of his favourite projects from across five series of Amazing Spaces. Starting with George Clarke’s Amazing Treehouses, the series revisits his favourite caravan builds, wilderness lodges and garden retreats. There’s the farmer building a caravan-inspired treehouse in the highlands of Scotland; a mirror-clad cube in Sweden; and a UFO construction nestled amongst the branches. There is also a trip to Tuscany and George’s own star gazing treehouse in Kielder National Park, Northumberland.

George Clarke continues his look back at some of the best builds over five series of Amazing Spaces. This time he turns his attention to some of the most innovative and eccentric caravan and campervan builds he’s ever seen – from a tiny Italian tuk tuk campervan to a trailer tent caravan clad in old CDs; and a tiny 1950s ambulance converted to sleep a family of six, plus their dog. There is also an Airstream caravan converted into the ultimate party pad and a look back at George’s high-tech holiday home in the Lake District for him and the family.

George Clarke looks back across five series of amazing spaces. This time he focuses on how nature and architecture can work harmoniously together in the glorious world of cabins in the wild. There’s a mountain-top ski lodge in Italy only accessible by helicopter; a hobbit-inspired cob house in Surrey built for only £150; and a concrete dome-home built under a man-made hill in a Texan hurricane valley. And George reflects on his own wilderness cabin that he built in the Sussex woodlands.

More info here

Up cycled, innovative or just plain amazing sheds

Here are a selection of entries new and old that have taken my personal interest over the last few weeks.

Of course you will have to wait for the long list to see what myself and the other judges think are in the running this year and as you can tell we like all different sorts of sheds (remember deadlock from last years show) – so it will be an interesting time 🙂

If you think you have a great shed then why not enter it for Shed of the year 2016 you have until the 15th May.

Craigie Tree Lodge – Cabin/Summerhouse from Front garden #shedoftheyear

Austin Camper Shed – Unique from Mobile #shedoftheyear

The Boat – Unique from garden #shedoftheyear

The Door Knocker Comapny – Workshop/Studio from Shop Premises/ free standing #shedoftheyear

Barbara’s Studio – Workshop/Studio from Garden #shedoftheyear

‘Doog’s Shack’ – Budget from Garden #shedoftheyear

The Old Tannery – Pub/Entertainment from back garden #shedoftheyear

For all your giant ball on shed needs

Helen Highley noted that I may be interested in this photo and yes she was right

Spiegelei at The Tetley Brewery on #5×50 day 5 #leeds #loveforyorkshire #shed #powerwalking #yorkshiregirl

A photo posted by Helen Highley (@criadera) on

You can see it yourself it’s called Spiegelei at thetetley

To accompany the exhibition Think.Play.Do and our Summer of Play we are delighted to bring Jem Finer’s Spiegelei (2010) from Yorkshire Sculpture Park to the urban setting of Brewery Green.

Spiegelei is a 360-degree camera obscura housed inside a stainless steel sphere on top of an off-the-shelf garden shed, which reflects distorted and inverted views of the surrounding landscape.

briefly mentioned it a few years ago

A BBQ joint that looks like a load of pallet sheds put together

Last Christmas I was chatting to an old school mate (in the pub obviously ) and he was there with his former neighbor who is into meat big time (even has his own pigs) and makes Game & Cured Meat Products.

anyway the fella messaged me the other day to say that their BBQ joint in Topsham, Devon is well and truly open it’s called the Pig and Pallet and as you would expect they have a lot of both of them.

It’s like you put together a shed load of pallet sheds and just ate pork in them – can’t wait to visit.

Cheers to the owner – Pete Woodham-kay for the tip off and good luck with the business.

I have a funny feeling that 2016 is going to be my year of getting full on BBQ – what with Barry based Hang Fire Smokehouse opening this week.

Shed of the year 2016 – why not take a “shedcation”

To launch the annual Shed of the Year competition, sponsors Cuprinol are giving Brits the chance to book their very own ‘shedcation’ at some of the UK’s most spectacular sheds, by joining forces with alternative accommodation site, Airbnb.

The shed ‘wishlist’, which has been curated by founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year, Uncle Wilco, is encouraging people to book a stay at a number of sheds through the Airbnb website.

The wishlist is made up of previous Shed of the Year finalists as well as some new hopefuls taking part in this year’s competition.

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The quirky sheds listed on Airbnb range from the repurposed ‘Corrugated Cottage’, which dates back to 1940, and was originally built for the land girls who supported Britain’s agriculture industry during WWII – to the ‘Boatel’, a unique shed created out of an upcycled boat.

Guests can also bob to sleep on the ‘Maid of Dekkin’, Surrey’s finest floating shed, take a dip in the ‘Night at The Museum’s private pool or relax and detox in ‘Gilly’s Hut’ therapy retreat, complete with a double cabin bed and en’-suite bathroom.

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Cuprinol’s link-up with Airbnb comes as the annual Shedonomics report by the wood care brand reveals nearly 70% of Brits would rather stay in a shed than a cottage, caravan or tent for a country retreat – with the youngsters of Britain (25 – 34 years) most likely to choose a holiday in a shed over other forms of accommodation (76%).
The shedcation is a trend that is fast gaining momentum as UK shed listings on Airbnb have increased by 88% year on year*, with Cuprinol Shedonomics research finding over a third (35%) of Brits would consider renovating their shed to be able to rent it out.

More than two thirds (63%) of Brits now own a shed and 44% of those who don’t own a shed, would like to. In fact almost two thirds (62%) stated that they would be put off buying a home that didn’t have a shed or garden big enough to house one.

The humble garden shed was voted one of the top five most iconic British pastimes, along with the Queen, a cup of tea, fish and chips and a Sunday roast, beating a traditional fry up and cheese rolling to the top.
Surprisingly it’s no longer just ‘silver sheddies’ who are investing in these wonderful wooden creations, with a more Brits under 25 now owning a shed (63%) than 45 – 54 year olds (60%).
For many, the shed is considered an outdoor haven as 32% of Brits admit to spending quiet time, such as meditating or sleeping in their shed – with men (42%) twice as likely as women (21%) to use their shed as a retreat.

But it’s not all about sneaking off for an afternoon snooze as 11% of men admitted to planning a surprise for their partner in their shed – including proposals and holidays.

And modern sheds are increasingly being used as a space to entertain friends, with 16% of Brits using their sheds to watch movies, browse the internet or entertain guests and 8% have even dined in their shed.

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 country and it seems the nation’s love of sheds is stronger than ever.


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.

“It’s exciting to officially launch registrations for this years’ competition by working with Airbnb as it really captures what Cuprinol Shed of the Year is all about – we want to share these wonderful creations with the nation and give people chance to enjoy them.”

Katie Taylor, brand manager 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.

“From garden offices to shed hotels, we want to give people the chance to experience exactly what makes these sheds so special – the care that goes into them and the people that dream them up.”

For more information on Uncle Wilco’s Shed of the Year Shedcation wishlist

The Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition for 2016 is now officially open for registration. To register your shed, visit and fill out the form.

*Based on UK figures from Airbnb