The winner of Shed of the year 2013 is the Boat Roofed Shed

Fighting fierce competition from over 1,900 creative garden dens, the Boat Roofed shed, owned by Sheddie Alex Holland from Machynlleth in mid Wales, has today been crowned the winner of the 2013 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol.

The unique and beautifully crafted shed is no ordinary design. It has a recycled upturned boat for a roof and a 20w solar panel to power LED lights. Located at an altitude of 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountain range, mid Wales, the rustically charming shack is made entirely from recycled materials and contains a wood burner, 12v sound system and gas cooker – as well as a refrigerator to store chilled drinks.

Alex Holland comments: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the 2013 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol. The standard and creativity shown by the other entrants has been incredible so I am genuinely surprised to have reached the top spot! With the £1,000 prize from the sponsors Cuprinol I intend to buy a second hand 400w 12v wind turbine to augment the solar panel to give me enough electricity to make ice in the fridge for gin and tonics, and to ensure the cider and beers are always chilled. I’ll then be able to have a proper party to celebrate with those who have supported me in getting so far.”

This year’s winner was selected by a high profile judging panel including Channel 4 property presenter Sarah Beeny, British designer, writer and television presenter Kevin McCloud, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco and 2012 winner John Plumridge.

Kathryn Ledson, Cuprinol Senior Marketing Manager, comments: “It has been a tough decision for the judges, but the Boat Roof Shed is certainly worthy of the prestigious title! At Cuprinol we love the idea of upcycling sheds and garden furniture to give them a new lease of life and Alex’s shed is the perfect example of just how creative you can be. We’re delighted to sponsor the annual Shed of the Year competition which celebrates the very best of British sheds.”

Alex’s Boat Roofed Shed which won the Unique Shed category during the finalist leg of the competition, went on to beat stiff competition from the winners of the seven other competition categories including Eco, Garden Office, Cabin/Summerhouse, Workshop/Studio, Pub, Tardis and Normal.

Shed Judge Sarah Beeny commented “Out and out winner it has everything, utterly brilliant, I wish it was mine.”

Shedworking’s Alex adds “This is obviously the year of the ‘green shed’ – so many of the finalists have not only lavished time and love on their shedbuilding, but they’ve done so with upcycling, recycling and general eco-friendly thoughts at the front of their mind.”

Kevin Mccloud comments on the needs for sheds – “Our consumption of stuff happens on a scale; from the fantastically wasteful at one end to the fantastically crafted and cherished at the other.

We all of us ‘get’ the value of the cherished object and perhaps in that experience lies the path to inner-shedness”

I would personally like to thank all the sheddies for taking part – it has been one of the hardest years for yes judges.

And a big thank you to Cuprinol for all their hard work promoting the competition and of course providing the prize to the winning sheddie.

I can’t wait for 2014 already!

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How did your pub shed do in Shed of the year 2013?

The Winner of Shed of the year 2013 will be announced on Thursday 4th July on here – which one of these beauties do you think would win … you will have to wait 🙂

If it was not for you sheddies then there would be no website and then no competition.

So here are the Top Ten sheds in the Pub shed category as voted by the public the other month – I will post a few category a day as don’t want you having to read massive posts > Normal Sheds Post is here > Eco Sheds Post is here > Garden Office Post here > Cabin/Summerhouse Post here > Workshop/Studio post here >Unique shed post here

Pub sheds – always the hardest fought category and this year no exception.

3 Steps Bar 
3 Steps Bar  - Garry
Garry – Ayrshire

Renee & Alberts Diner
Renee & Alberts Diner - Ann
Ann – Garden

THE TATTOOED ARMS
THE TATTOOED ARMS - DAVE T
DAVE T – IN A LANCASHIRE GARDEN

Forge and Flagon
The Forge and Flagon - Mandy and Smudge Smith
Mandy and Smudge Smith – In our secret location

The G-Spot
The G-Spot - Gordon Lowrie

Gordon Lowrie – Glasgow

El Yanito Bar
El Yanito Bar - John Bruzon
John Bruzon – Garden

Charlie Browns Bar
Charlie Browns Bar - Patrick Charles Lynch
Patrick Charles Lynch – Garden

The Thistle Doo Inn
The Thistle Doo Inn - Mal Simpson
Mal Simpson – LEEDS

The Wee Juniors
The Wee Juniors - THOMAS MULLIN
THOMAS MULLIN – Garden

Bob’s Bar
Bob's Bar - Bob Sinclair

Bob Sinclair – Bottom of the Garden

Daves’s bar
Daves's bar - Dave lee
Dave lee – Garden

How did your Unique shed do in Shed of the year 2013?

The Winner of Shed of the year 2013 will be announced on Thursday 4th July on here – which one of these beauties do you think would win … you will have to wait 🙂

If it was not for you sheddies then there would be no website and then no competition.

So here are the Top Ten sheds in the Workshop/Studio Category as voted by the public the other month – I will post a few category a day as don’t want you having to read massive posts > Normal Sheds Post is here > Eco Sheds Post is here > Garden Office Post here > Cabin/Summerhouse Post here > Workshop/Studio post here

Unique shed

Boat Roofed Shed
Boat Roofed Shed - Alex Holland
Alex Holland – Up a mountain on a farm

Disco Shed mkII
Disco Shed mkII - Paddy Bickerton
Paddy Bickerton – Secret cotswold hideaway

Flying Scotsman
Flying Scotsman - Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson – Woodland within country estate

reelwood
reelwood - pj
pj – garden w.mids

BARCODE
BARCODE - garry

garry – GARDEN

SHEDOGA
SHEDOGA - Kevin McGivern
Kevin McGivern – Surburban Garden

Rosies Church
Rosies Church - Derek Rose
Derek Rose – Oldbury, West Mids

The Derry Tiny House
The Derry Tiny House - Mark Burton
Mark Burton – Garden

Trigger’s Broom
Trigger's Broom - Gilly Baker
Gilly Baker – Overgrown garden in Somerset

Coombe Hill Infants shed gallery
Coombe Hill Infants shed gallery - Ali Warner
Ali Warner – Y1 playground

How did your Workshop/Studio do in Shed of the year 2013?

The Winner of Shed of the year 2013 will be announced on Thursday 4th July on here – which one of these beauties do you think would win … you will have to wait 🙂

If it was not for you sheddies then there would be no website and then no competition.

So here are the Top Ten sheds in the Workshop/Studio Category as voted by the public the other month – I will post a few category a day as don’t want you having to read massive posts > Normal Sheds Post is here > Eco Sheds Post is here > Garden Office Post here > Cabin/Summerhouse Post here

Workshop/Studio

The Stencil Shed
The Stencil Shed - Syd

Syd – Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Posh Sewing Shed
Posh Sewing Shed - Manjit
Manjit – Under the cherry Tree

In The Shed
In The Shed - Nicola Brown
Nicola Brown – Shrewsbury

Jaggy paintbrush tattoo
Jaggy paintbrush tattoo - Dave Sandilands
Dave Sandilands – Garden, Girvan, Ayrshire

Intel Inside
Intel Inside - Gerry O'Donovan
Gerry O’Donovan – English Lake District

Kenley Signal Box
Kenley Signal Box - Christopher Parker
Christopher Parker – Kenley, Surrey

Crafty Palace
Crafty Palace - Stamping Caz
Stamping Caz – Redhill, Surrey

Pope’s Folly
Pope's Folly - Ivan Pope

Ivan Pope – Brighton

Robs Studio.
Robs Studio. - Rob Mason
Rob Mason – Dartmoor

The Idea Room
The Idea Room - Antony Townsend
Antony Townsend – Garden

How did your Cabin/Summerhouse do in Shed of the year 2013?

The Winner of Shed of the year 2013 will be announced on Thursday 4th July on here – which one of these beauties do you think would win … you will have to wait 🙂

If it was not for you sheddies then there would be no website and then no competition.

So here are the Top Ten sheds in the Cabin/Summerhouse Category as voted by the public the other month – I will post a few category a day as don’t want you having to read massive posts > Normal Sheds Post is here > Eco Sheds Post is here > Garden Office Post here.

 

Cabin Habit
Cabin Habit - Abigail walker

Abigail walker – Garden

The Brokedown Palace
The Brokedown Palace - Dee Dee
Dee Dee – Lea Valley

Bothy
Bothy - Elizabeth Campbell
Elizabeth Campbell – Corner my garden

Drinking Hut
Drinking Hut - Sally Miller
Sally Miller – back garden

The Shud
The Shud - Mark Bainbridge

Mark Bainbridge – Garden in Calderstones, Liverpool

Brocktonmere Lodge
Brocktonmere Lodge - Hugh Clark
Hugh Clark – Garden

E-den
E-den - John Tucker
John Tucker – Glastonbury

Da Peerie Hoose
Da Peerie Hoose - Beth Gerrard
Beth Gerrard – On the croft, Shetland

The Cabin
The Cabin - Dave Bond
Dave Bond – Garden

Ambience Home Furnishings
Ambience Home Furnishings - Tamsin Orr

Tamsin Orr – Surrey

How did your Garden Office do in Shed of the year 2013?

The Winner of Shed of the year 2013 will be announced on Thursday 4th July on here – which one of these beauties do you think would win … you will have to wait 🙂

If it was not for you sheddies then there would be no website and then no competition.

So here are the Top Ten(8 in Garden Office ) sheds in the Garden Office Category as voted by the public the other month – I will post a few category a day as don’t want you having to read massive posts > Normal Sheds Post is here > Eco Sheds Post is here.

Garden Office

The Nest Design Studio
The Nest Design Studio - Jonathan Sullivan
Jonathan Sullivan – Garden

Bostin Betty
Bostin Betty - Paula
Paula – Landlocked in Birmingham

Cross Keys Signal Box
Cross Keys Signal Box - John Dukes
John Dukes – Cross Keys

Seb’s Office
Seb's Office - Henry Posner
Henry Posner – Windsor

One Grand Designs Shed
One Grand Designs Shed - Dominic Jones
Dominic Jones – Liverpool, UK

The Plotting Shed (aka Grumpy’s Palace)
The Plotting Shed (aka Grumpy's Palace) - Debs Carr
Debs Carr – Jersey

Pat’s Cabin
Pat's Cabin - Pat McKenna

Pat McKenna – Semi-Rural Garden

Creative Hitman’s Shed Office
Creative Hitman's Shed Office - Scott Morris
Scott Morris – Garden

 

How did your Eco shed do in Shed of the year 2013?

The Winner of Shed of the year 2013 will be announced on Thursday 4th July on here – which one of these beauties do you think would win … you will have to wait 🙂

If it was not for you sheddies then there would be no website and then no competition.

So here are the Top Ten (7 in Eco) sheds in the Eco Category as voted by the public the other month – I will post a few category a day as don’t want you having to read massive posts > Normal Sheds Post is here.

eco bike høøse
eco bike høøse - marcus shields
marcus shields – Camden Town

The Solar Shed
The Solar Shed - Kevin 'The Shedman' Holland
Kevin ‘The Shedman’ Holland – Next to Compost Lodge

jungle retreat
jungle retreat - ian trotman
ian trotman – north surrey

The Freegan Greenhouse
The Freegan Greenhouse - Andrew Gowland
Andrew Gowland – Garden, Street Somerset

Recycled Goat House
Recycled Goat House - Alison Chapman
Alison Chapman – alongside garden wall facing east/south

The Hedgehog Shed
The Hedgehog Shed - Lynne Garner
Lynne Garner – Back Garden, Hertfordshire

Neils cobwood roundhouse
Neils cobwood roundhouse - Neil

 

I wonder if Shed of the year 2013 will bring some unique entries like 2012 did

With Shed of the year 2013 only a few months away (entry closes May 2013 and it’s announced during shed week in July 2013) -it’s only fair to show off some of the previous entries.

Every year we get some amazing sheds added to readersheds.co.uk for our annual celebration of Sheds.

Here are five of the stranger sheds that entered last year – of course they will be added for 2013 as well hopefully with some updated photos, if you think you have a unique shed that could match these then why not Share your shed now.

1) BOSTIN BETTY
Bostin Betty - Paula
Paula
Landlocked in Birmingham

GARDEN OFFICE

2) CHINESE SHED
Chinese Shed - Colin Miles
Colin Miles
Garden

UNIQUE

3)

HOBBIT HOLE SHED

Hobbit Hole Shed - Melissa White Pillsbury
Melissa White Pillsbury
Unity, Maine, US

UNIQUE

4)

JOHNS SITOOTERIE

Johns Sitooterie - John Warnock
John Warnock
Allotment

UNIQUE

5)

S.S.SAN VALERIO 1913 STUDIO

S.S.San Valerio 1913 Studio - Val Pringle
Val Pringle
Garden, Somerset.

UNIQUE

oh how can I just have five sheds > here are some bonus ones.

LA MENUISERIE

la menuiserie - arthur richardson

MONDRIAN

Mondrian - Peter Ellis

 

 

of course if you don’t think these are special do something about it! and build your own unique getaway 🙂

 

Own some shed history: Shed of the year 2012 Celebrity Sheds go on charity auction

You may remember the brilliant sheds created by celebs for Shed week?

Well you can now own one and give something to charity, fancy have Vic Reeves or Sarah Beeny shed in the bottom of your garden.

Shed judge Sarah Beeny is putting her quaint, pub-themed shed up for auction, with all the proceeds going to Age UK and the Sherwood Forest Trust.

Sarah Beeney

DJ Christian O’Connell is putting his 80’s style shed up for auction, with all the proceeds raised going to Age UK and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Christian O'Connell

 

Alex Johnson, founder of shedworking.co.uk is putting his quirky office shed up for auction; with all the proceeds going to Age UK

Alex Johnson

Vic Reeves is putting his museum shed up for auction, with all the proceeds raised going to The Minerva Centre, a charity with a mission to improve the lives and opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Vic Reeves

Joanne Harris is putting her inspirational sky-themed shed up for auction, with all the proceeds going to The Marine Conservation Society and Age UK.

Joanne Harris

Celebrity Sheds go on Sale to the Great British Public

After 30 per cent of British shed owners named it their top inspirational place, Shed of the Year competition sponsor, Cuprinol, commissioned celebrity shed lovers or ‘sheddies’ as they are affectionately known, to create their ultimate garden havens. Today, all five sheds have gone on sale to the Great British public with the proceeds raised donated to charity.

Following in the footsteps of Roald Dahl who used his shed to pen his famous novels, shed loving personalities – Vic Reeves, Sarah Beeny, Joanne Harris, Christian O’Connell and author Alex Johnson designed their very own customised outdoor retreats in a range of Cuprinol colours which went on display in beauty spots up and down the country for the public to visit for free.

The sheds provided inspirational places for budding sheddies to visit and also encouraged Brits to transform their own garden dens into creative havens where they can work or enjoy some time out from their busy lives. This came as research found the average British shed owner spends five months of their life in it, with a further 40 per cent admitting to using it as an extension of the home, for everything from taking time out from the family to carrying out a hobby.

The bespoke dens took each celebrity over a month to create, working with a team of artists, carpenters and stylists who helped bring the individual shed creations to life. Locations throughout the UK were then carefully picked as places of natural beauty, with each shed then transported across Briton to stunning view points.

Cuprinol is giving Brits the unique opportunity to be the proud owner of Sarah Beeny’s Pub shed, Vic Reeves’ Museum shed, Christian O’Connell’s 80’s shed, Joanne Harris’ Sky shed or Alex Johnson’s Office shed, simply by placing a bid below or here

http://bit.ly/shedauction

How did your shed do in Shed of the year 2012 – The best of the rest

For you sheddies who wanted to know how your shed did this year – here are the Top Ten in each category after the public vote – bear with me as it’s a big list – the First five will have pictures then the next 5 wont – so that the page does not take all day to load.

First up is the Normal category

Mark’s Folly
Mark's Folly - Mark Mason
Mark Mason – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

The Shed
The Shed - Keith Robertson
Keith Robertson – Tranent

Snippet towers
Snippet towers - Johnno Casson
Johnno Casson – Colchester

Ant’s Pad
Ant's Pad - jessica contomichalos
jessica contomichalos – Weybridge

Susee’s shed
Susee's shed - Sue Power
Sue Power – Pear Tree Cottage

Glenfearnoch Beag
Rory Campbell-Gibson – Courtyard
Husband’s proper shed
Charles – North Wales
Bluebelle
Lucy Allen – Garden
Kamla’s City Shed
Kamla Gilbert – My Garden, Sheffield UK

Continue reading How did your shed do in Shed of the year 2012 – The best of the rest

Shed Week Guest post: Powering your shed

Shed of the year 2012 Finalist – Kevin from the Solar Shed has written a guest post about powering your shed – this is something that I get asked a lot so better ask the expert!

Shedding some light on the issue!

Over the years, Shed men and women have often pondered as to how to power up their wooden edifices, and be able to see when its dark, stay warm in the winter when preparing the ‘plot’, make a brew and all the other things that shed folk would like, to make life easier.

There are two main locations for sheds and shelters, Gardens and communal allotments.

We’ll start with the communal allotments.  Now, as attractive the idea of a allotment is, and with rising food prices and people conscious of ‘food miles’  more and more Brits are growing their own.  A couple of years ago, more seeds for food were sold in the UK than flowers.

This says something about our environmental credentials than anything else.  But at certain times of the year, or even the day, you may not want to out on the land and who can think of anything better than an hour sitting down drinking herbal tea freshly picked from the plot?

So, our first line of energy has to be HEAT.  This itself is simple and if you’ve ever been camping in a field, you’ll know how to do this.  A simple gas stove and a tin kettle is all you need.  I recently took possession of an old Shepherds stove, which is a mini wood burner.

 It would have had a life in a stone or wooden shelter and would keep the shepherd dry and warm during a down pour or cold winter on the Fells or Hillside.

 A simple stove can heat water and cook food which in turn gives you the energy that you need to keep going when working the land.  On my old allotments in Sydenham, South London, we would meet for breakfast around the sheds of an old Jamaican guy called Alvin.  He would pick some black mint, brew up and then start on the food.

Fresh fried onion, cabbage, potatoes and a few fresh leave sprinkled on top and bingo, eat your heart out Gordon Ramsey.  Simple living made easy.  But what about lighting I hear you ask,  the Council allotments don’t always allow electricity to be piped into the shed or even water in many many cases.  So, as water is so essential to the food grower, there are two simple methods for collection.

One is to place butts around the shed and collect from a down pipe from the roof.  By linking several butts together, you can easily get enough water to last between downpours.  By adding a simple mesh plug, covered with the wife’s nylons, you can filter out the nasties and get fairly fresh water without the bits that make it go green and smelly.  And boiled water will kill any bugs as well.

 If you have a big plot and don’t fancy carrying watering cans to the far end of the plot, try suspending a 1 meter sheet of clear plastic (stronger the better) over 4 wooden stakes, with a small hole in the plastic to allow the captured water to fall into a butt placed underneath.  Water is life, not only for you, but also the plants and food you grow!

When it comes to lighting, there are many methods to get free light into your shed.  The first, more costly method is by fitting a simple Solar lights systems.  These can be purchased from many outlets, but by going for one with at least 5 l.e.d.s, you will not have to worry about buying more than one or two.  These are simple systems which consist of a small solar panel that attaches to the light unit.

Mine switch on automatically when i walk into the shed, which could also scare a would be intruder as well! I have placed a mirror close to the light to reflect even more light to the dark corners! The panels charge the battery in the light unit during the day and then you use the energy when its needed at dusk or nightfall.

For those with dark sheds, even during the day, you can cut a hole in the roof and place a water filled plastic bottle into the hole.  Light transfers through the clear plastic and water and gives free light underneath.  By putting a small spoon full of bleach into the water first, will keep it clean and clear for years to come.  Remember to ‘seal’ the bottle and hole to avoid any damp getting in and rusting up any tools left on sight.

 

Garden sheds and offices.

Depending on use and aspiration, garden sheds can become more like weekend retreats, just have a look through the entrants of this years Shed of the Year and see the inspirational sheds at the bottom of the garden.  Rigging up a simple extension lead from the house is one solution to getting your energy but for the more environmentally conscious among us, you may be thinking ‘Green’

This will indeed cost more money but everything CAN be done without costing the earth.  Again, think solar.  Having panels feeding electricity into a battery is simple enough and there are plenty of demo videos out there on youtube and the like.

 As I work within the Renewable energy industry and I have a large shed, I have had 8 x 250w panels fitted which are connected to the grid.  This gives me free power during the day and I also earn money from the Feed In Tariff scheme that has driven solar sales in recent years.

 Simpler ‘Off-grid’ systems require a certain level of know-how, but if you are good with wires and batteries anything can be achieved.

When you have free electricity and free water it is amazing what you can do.  Now that we are in a Drought and have a hose pipe ban, I have placed an 800 liter water butt to my Solar Shed and placed a water butt pump inside.

 It is connected to a hose that has several diverters connected to it.  I have attached various hoses to the ‘rigg’ that allow me to water, soak, clean, and use as much water as I can harvest from the roofs without using mains water.

 As the panels produce a lot of electricity, and the pump uses 350w p/hour, I always make sure I am producing more energy than the pump requires so as to maximise my set up without using any ‘normal’ electricity which is getting more expensive by the day it seems!  I have now placed timers on my water pumps so I only use the energy I generate at the peak of the suns power.

 It costs me nothing to water a half acre plot which gives us about 75% of our fruit and veg over a year.  Free water, free electricity and other than a few seeds and many hours of pleasurable toil on the land, it really is cost free living.

Shedlife is becoming more and more of a socially acceptable leisure activity and by thinking green, living green you can have the good life without going back to the dark ages.

Kevin Holland left the Police after 17yrs to become an environmental consultant. He has reduced his domestic bills to next to nothing, is a now a net exporter of electricity and uses very little grid tied utilities.

You can follow me on Twitter @TheSolarShed