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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 www.Cuprinol.co.uk 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 readersheds.co.uk.

THE CATEGORY WINNERS

PUB SHED WINNER

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.

GARDEN OFFICE SHED WINNER
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.
CABIN / SUMMERHOUSE SHED WINNER

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.

UNIQUE SHED WINNER

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.

NORMAL SHED WINNER

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.

WORKSHOP/STUDIO SHED WINNER
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.

TARDIS SHED WINNER

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.

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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.

Click to see them BIG

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

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Episode Three – Final: Normal and Pub Sheds

So the twelve odd years since I started readersheds.co.uk 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

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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.

 

Stencil Shed

Episode Two : Amazing Spaces – Shed of the year Thur 31 July

After the great response to the First Episode – and YES it’s the public that got them there !

Here are the sheds that appear in the 2nd episode

Episode 2 – Summer House/Cabin and Workshop
The competition to find the country’s best shed continues with the Summerhouse/Cabin group, which throws up a replica 18th century US frontier cabin, a Gothic grotto decorated with 50,000 seashells, and a scaled down Elizabethan lodge.

In the Workshop category, a 1930s garage, complete with classic car restorations, battles it out with a graffiti artist’s shed with its own gorilla, an extraordinary bird box production line, and the smallest shed in the whole competition: a music venue with room for just one performer and one audience member.

The sheds that appeared tonight are

Summer House/Cabin Workshop/Studio categories

 

Shed of the year

Episode one : Amazing Spaces Shed of the year Thur 24 July

Hope you all enjoyed last nights episode of Shed of the year – here are some links about the featured sheddies

You can watch it again on various streaming players and 4oD on the interweb

If you think you have an amazing shed you can add it to the queue for entry for #shedoftheyear 2015

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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 competition sponsored by Cuprinol.

The top four sheds in each of the eight categories have been whittled down from over 2,000 entries and will now go head-to-head in a bid to be crowned the overall winner of the 2014 Shed of the Year.

For the first time the finalists will feature in a new three-part TV series titled Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, airing on Channel 4 at 8pm from 24th July.

The Shed of the Year competition is the brainchild of shed-fanatic and Head sheddie, Uncle Wilco from South Wales, who launched the nationwide competition to celebrate the best of British sheds.

The overall winner will be selected by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco , last year’s overall winner Alex Holland, and George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

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The winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol along with a wooden plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown for their shed.

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 series reveals some of the most creative, beautiful and unusual shed spaces, as well as meeting the talented people behind them.”

Uncle Wilco, Head sheddie of Readersheds says: “With more shed entries than ever before and a record breaking public vote, the nation’s love of sheds is clearly growing. Every year the entries just get better and better, so deciding on who will be crowned Shed of the Year 2014 sponsored by Cuprinol, will be no mean feat. Tune in to Channel 4 on 24th July to follow the journey.”

Brand Manager for Cuprinol, Kay Bartlett says: “At Cuprinol, we’re so proud to sponsor this competition. Every year we’re amazed at how creative ‘sheddies’ get with their beloved sheds and how many wonderful entries come through. The TV series will really bring to life some of these unusual sheds and hopefully inspire the nation to get creative with their own garden havens.”

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THE FINALISTS

PUB SHED FINALISTS

Golden PheasantOwned by Gary and Lorraine Curd from Kent

 

The shed used to be a farm store that was on the edge of collapsing but was transformed into a garden pub which hosts a number of strange and unique artefacts including a stuffed squirrel and an old chain saw.

Tiki Lodge: Owned by Stephen

 

Tiki Lodge is a tropical hideaway constructed from wood and finished with bamboo. It’s complete with a bartop collage design, handmade from old surfing magazines, remote control LED lighting, hand carved coconut cups, carved sign, carved tikis, surf memorabilia and a surfboard hanging from roof.

The Appleton ArmsOwned by Mark Appleton  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.

Charlie BrownsOwned by Patrick Lynch from Billericay

Built over two years, the shed holds 60 people and houses a pool table, two slot machines and a 50’s juke box. The full bar with optics and pumps, cabinet fridge, cocktail barrel and sound system keeps the party alive long into the night.

ECO SHED FINALISTS

Pool HoosePeter McLaren,  from Fife

The Pool Hoose has been made entirely from recycled materials including telegraph poles, scaffolding battens, timber, roofing tin, and glass. Used as a studio, the shed links together the view between two pools and is furnished to accommodate passing touring cyclists.

The Allotment Roof ShedOwned by Joel Bird  North London

Built from scratch using recycled materials, an array of vegetables are grown on the Allotment Roof Shed. All lights are powered by a solar panel and it contains a wood burner which is used to heat it. One half of the shed is for painting and art whilst the second half is a music practice room and studio.

Walking HomeOwned by Grant from North Devon

Currently placed on top of tree trunks, Walking Home is the first phase of an actual walking house. It’s a living space which will be carried by four hydraulic articulated legs. The complete structure is 23foot tall and will be able to move.

Bottle Dome: Owned by Richard Pim from Pembridge

The Bottle Dome is made with about 5,000 glass bottles set between crossed arches – like a huge hot-cross bun. Some part of the glass hemisphere directly faces the sun at all times of the day reflecting the light into an interior pool.

 

GARDEN OFFICE SHED FINALISTS

Rapod Garden Officeowned by Toni Keers

The Rapod Garden Office has a unique type of cladding made with high quality and high specification materials, heated flooring, bi fold doors, a full length window, electric and lighting

The Little ThatchOwned by Jamie Dix,  and Gemma Mitchell,  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.

The Poki Shed: owned by Huw Grantham

The Poki shed is an upcycled, recycled garden office and measures just 2meters squared externally. The shed was made using as much recycled and online auction items as possible; from the doors and window, to the VW camper bench seat, the recycled bed slats and pallets and even to the artwork on the wall

Denison Garden Studio

Denison Garden Studio took six weeks to build, has energy efficient double glazing and is fully insulated and carpeted. The Studio was originally a present for the owner Martin’s mothers 50th birthday.

CABIN / SUMMERHOUSE SHED FINALISTS

White LodgeOwned by John Leaver from Steeton

A traditional log cabin situated in a wood featuring a large curved window looking over a small lake. Self-built by stacking logs one on top of another, the shed is filled with unusual

Tom’s LodgeOwned by Alban & Angela Bunting from Binegar in Somerset

Built completely by hand, the shed is constructed with reclaimed oak timbers, lime plaster, thatch roof and handmade leaded diamond windows.

 

My Caribbean RetreatOwned by Alison Kynaston Jones, 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.

Gothic RetreatOwned by Ann & Brian Bailey from Wolverhampton.

Inspired by Castle Coch in South Wales, it’s made from two tons of reclaimed stone, timber and cedar shingles and features stained glass windows, shell mosaics on the walls and ceiling and houses reclaimed church furniture.

 

UNIQUE SHED FINALISTS

TeapotOwned by Ian Hunter, from Melrose, Scotland

Built entirely from reclaimed materials, the ground level is used as a drying shed for timber with a summer house on the upper level accessed by steps through the teapot handle. The lid of the teapot, topped with an old fishing buoy, can be opened and shut by winding a reworked old hand drill creating a special open-air experience.

ReelwoodPaul Slim,  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.

Jack Sparrow: Owned by Jonathan Meliville-Smith from Cornwall

Designed for fairies and pixies, the door is shaped to match the unusual shape and outer structure. Inside there is a sitting area with circular table, gas hob, hand wash basin, shelves for crockery and also a bench seat with bunk bed over the top.

 

NORMAL SHED FINALISTS

Disco Shed: Owned by DJ’s Paddy Bickerton and Aidan Larkin,  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.

Renee & Albert’s DinerOwned by Anne and Ian Bate,  from Sutton

The Renee & Albert’s Diner is 1950s themed and was created as a tribute to Anne’s late parents. The shed houses an original 1950s radio, juke box, diner booth, petrol pump, light-up bar and a TV.

TitanicOwned by John Siggins

The Titanic shed is built from salvaged materials, including wood from skips, slates and windows from recycled materials. The shed has three stunning stained glass windows, floorboards from a Victorian house and a 1930s wooden fire surround.

Blitz Street MuseumOwned by Darren Stride from Great Yarmouth

Transporting visitors back to the 1940s, the Blitz Street Museum consists of a life-size street display made up of five different themed sheds housing reconstructions of a wartime cottage, sweet shop and an air-raid shelter.

Retro Fairground: Owned by Paul Ruddiforth, from Sheffield

Built to house Paul’s growing collections of artefacts, Retro Fairground is filled with items such as old radios, a 1960s TV and a 1976 Raleigh chopper. With a lifelong love of all things related to Fairground rides and arcade machines – these were added to the collection and took over.

WORKSHOP/STUDIO SHED FINALISTS

Stencil ShedOwned 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!

Vintage Motor Works: Owner by Martyn Prior from Hereford

Vintage Motor Works is a 1930s style garage shed and restoration workshop which houses several period classic Austins and provides plenty of space to work on cars. Constructed with heavy timber and painted in Cuprinol Garden Shades, the shed spans a large area finished with classic retro touches.

The Den: Owned by Mike in High Peak, Derbyshire

Used as a space to chill, do woodcraft and generally wind down with good music, The Den includes a wood burner to heat it during the winter, and a rocking chair.

Folk in a BoxOwned by Howard Mills.

 Designed specifically for one-on-one musical performances, Folk in a Box has been presented at the Venice Biennale and Sydney Festival as well as many music and arts festivals around the UK. It is constructed from a soundproof metal which has no windows but two doors – one for the performer to enter, and one for the audience member.

 

TARDIS SHED FINALISTS

Thomas’s Tardis: Owned by Helen Waddington

The Tardis replica was built after Helen Waddington’s son asked for a Tardis for his birthday. Taking eight weeks to complete, the shed signs were handcrafted and added to the outside whilst inside there is a large backdrop of the tardis interior on the rear wall.

The 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.

Bluebox Type 40: Owned by John Willams from Northamptonshire

Designed to be an exact replica, the shed has internal fluorescent lights and a roof lamp to provide illumination for evening entertaining. Internal speakers and sound effect recordings provide the famous take-off and landing, door opening and cloister bell sounds

Swedish Tardis: Owned by Carl de Boulloche

The Swedish Tardis is a replica of the BBC classic and is the home to the property’s water system.

 
Congrats to all the Finalists and I look forward to seeing the TV show now :)
 

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Watch Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year on Channel 4 Thursday 24 July 2014

So by now you may have heard that Channel 4 have named a date/time for the broadcast of our shed TV show.

It’s going to be called Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year – which nicely follows on from Shed judge George Clarke’s current show Amazing Spaces.

It will be 3 one hour episodes in total and the first is on Channel 4 Thursday 24 July at 8pm – so set your VCRs now :)

It will feature a shed load of sheddies with visits to their sheds from the various judges George Clarke, Max McMurdo, Laura Clark & William Hardie – plus there will be the award ceremony which should feature myself and last years winner Alex Holland.

In this new series George Clarke uncovers a world of designer sheds and glorious eccentricity as he presides over the Shed of the Year competition. This episode includes a giant tea pot.

Let me know what you think

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Our Annual shed competition sees more entries than ever before

And you thought we had forgotten about National Shed Week >

As Brits celebrate National Shed Week, Uncle Wilco (ME), founder of the annual Shed of the Year competition, sponsored by Cuprinol, has revealed a record breaking 20% increase on entries – just in time to celebrate National Shed Week.

The competition, sponsored by Cuprinol, has received over 2,162 entries in total.

This year the most popular of the eight categories has been the workshop/studio shed category, with 295 entries, compared to 192 last year.

This coincides with the introduction of the government’s new flexi-time legislation, giving workers the right to ask for more flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home. The surge in workshop and studio shed entries proves the nation is embracing the work from home culture, and utilizing outside space to create office spaces in their own gardens.

In fact, research released by Cuprinol shows that a fifth of men (21%) spend time in their shed thinking about work issues, 21% of Brits feel more creative when they spend time in their shed and 12% feel at their happiest when they spend time in their shed. With over a third of shed owners installing electricity and lighting in their sheds, these traditional outdoor spaces are quickly becoming a useable extension of their office.

The rise of the female ‘sheddie’ is also a trend that looks set to continue with more females entering the Shed of the Year competition than ever before, over 100 female sheddies entered this year, compared with just 30 last year.

A new three-part Shed of the Year TV series, due to air on Channel 4 later this month, will showcase some of the entries and meet the sheddies competing for the coveted ‘Shed of the Year’ crown. The ultimate winner will be chosen by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), last years winner Alex Holland and Amazing Spaces presenter, George Clarke and his expert team.

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 series reveals some of the most creative, beautiful and unusual shed spaces, as well as meeting the talented people behind them.

Uncle Wilco says: “

National Shed Week is a time to celebrate your garden shed, be inspired and get creative

. With more shed entries than ever before, the nation’s love of sheds is growing at a fast rate, so deciding on who will be given the title of Shed of the Year 2014 will be no mean feat. Tune into Channel 4 later this month to follow the journey on which shed will be crowned the winner.”

Brand Manager for Cuprinol, Kay Bartlett says: “The trend to work from your garden shed comes as no surprise as our research shows that 12% of Brits feel at their happiest when they spend time in their shed. At Cuprinol, we love the idea that people get creative with their sheds and use them as an extension of their home or as a work space.

The TV series will showcase some of Britain’s best sheds, and amongst them will be sheddies that love their sheds so much, they work and run businesses from them.”

Additional facts released by Cuprinol:

  • The average ‘sheddie’ spends almost a year of their life in their shed.
  • The garden shed is worth £5billion(2) to the British economy, with over 14million(3) people in the UK now owning a shed.
  • Brits now see their sheds as an extension of the home with many featuring the same luxuries, including electricity (35%), heat (11%) and lighting (40%).
  • 7% of sheds now have a TV, 5% a sofa and 2% even have a hot tub.
  • The average shed now contains over £457 worth of items.
  • 12% of Brits feeling at their happiest when they spend time in their shed, 21% feel at their most creative and 23% of men even claim that spending time in their shed makes them feel more masculine.

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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

THE LLAN-RUM-SHACK


The Llan-Rum-Shack - Dean
Dean 
Under the blossom tree 

TELS TAVERN


Tels Tavern - Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson 
Garden 

THE THREE LIONS


The Three Lions - Jamie Pearce
Jamie Pearce 
Shrewsbury 

 

THE FOOTY NITE BUNKER


The footy nite bunker - Nigel dobson
Nigel dobson 
Garden 

Plus we have a lot more here.

so sheddies comment below saying what you will be doing and link to photos so I can post them :)