Shed of the Year 2009 and the winner is …. The Kite Cabin

After thousands of public votes the shed judges have made their decision.

The Winner of Shed of the Year 2009 is the wonderful The Kite Cabin – created by sheddie Steven Harwood from West Wales.

At 5 metres square,I designed it in my head and built it myself. Because it is on a very steep bank a platform was constructed on stilts first and then the cabin was built directly onto this. It incorporates a compost toilet room with hand washing facilities and boasts bunk beds, a woodburner and Sky TV. With a a wall of glass windows facing south, it makes the most of a fantastic view over the valley in which we live. A veranda in the front allows you to sit in the fresh air and take in the scenery and sound of local cows mooing.

Steven said: “I entered Shed of the Year because I feel I have a very special shed in a very special place. The location is unbeatable in my opinion with amazing panoramic views.

“It is surrounded by nature including kites, badgers and various birds. It is such a useable space and is not pre-ordered like so many sheds these days. It is a realisation of my idea and I love it.

“I hope that my cabin will be an inspiration for others and what can be done in an otherwise dead space.”

The winner not only gets the title of Shed of the Year 2009 (what more do they need!) but also wins a year’s supply of cheese from, a £50 voucher from Wyevale Garden Centre, a unique shed cushion and a wind-up Trevor Baylis radio, View the Prizes here

This is the third year I have run the competition and each time I am astounded by the quality of the sheds that our sheddies create they put everything into it.

From off-the-shelf sheds that the sheddie have decorated and turned into their own escapes, to hand-built ecosheds, the range of talents of the sheddie is unbelievable, you can view the wonderful Shed of the year 2009 finalists here.

The kite cabin is perfect as its not only hand built but I would think most sheddie would love a location like that, the seclusion makes it a great hideway but with all the things you would need, right when I am I visiting!

The shed judges also had these comments to make on the competition:

Sarah Beeny, TV property developer:
“The shed quality gets better and better each year – it seems more and more people are embracing the joy of sheds! Though I was tempted by Grumpy’s Palace as it looks just like my office, The Kite Cabin was perfect! Well done!!”

Chris Evans, TV personality and Radio 2 DJ:
“Grumpy’s shed was a great shed but nothing that nice and welcoming should be called grumpy – I’m saying next year change the name and you’re in with a shout, son. The disco shed so nearly got my vote for obvious reasons – DJ love etc – but let’s face it, it’s not a shed, it is in fact a vehicle born out of the most extreme capitalist culture and although, whilst spreading music, lights and fun where ere it may come to rest, pitch up and plug in, it is nevertheless, at its very core, a money-making wooden machine on wheels.

“In my opinion my favourite is the delightful, delectable, cool yet not pretentious – Dingly Dell. A shed indeed fit for a princess.”

Alex Johnston, Editor of
“National Shed Week once again showcases the many ways in which the shed concept is central to the lives of millions of people, not just in the UK, but around the planet. The finalists have again shown that there is really no limit to the ways in which we can use the smallest room not in the house. Surely it’s time that television property programmes stopped concentrating on ‘grand designs’ and started focusing on ‘small wonders’?”

Rico Daniels, TV’s Salvager:
“Of all the sheds featured the Kite Cabin is the one I would most like to own and spend time in. The construction is both unusual and visually appealing, making novel use of a difficult plot. It creates the sort of hideaway that would lift your spirits as you approached it and again as you enjoyed the interior and the views it offers . It is well-appointed and low-impact making good use of alternative technology and the ease with which it sits in the landscape makes it a real contender in my view.”

Tim McNeil, Shed of the Year 2008 winner:
“What a difficult job with so many beautiful sheds. You have to admire the eco shed for the amount of work that went into it as carefully recounted by the owner and the substantial building he created and the ecological case. However, the one that really took my breath away was Kite Cabin. I would love to have designed it and built it – and to own it must be just fantastic.”

Tony Rogers, Shed of the Year 2007 winner:
“The Kite Cabin -It’s all his own design and build too. The view out down the garden is fantastic. With a TV, satellite, stove, carpets, video, telescope, toilet and beds. What more could you need. Maybe a phone to order the take-aways! Do they deliver take-aways to the top of the garden in West Wales?

I would like to give me personal thanks to all the sheddies that took part for all your hard work and innovation in the shedworld, thanks to the judges for taking time out.

The International Shed of the Year 2009 will be announced tomorrow, as it’s been a difficult decision!

Now I wonder what you lot can produce for next years competition Shed of the Year 2010, Get building then get sharing.

Shed of the year 2009 : The Finalists announced

The winner has been announced and its the Kite Cabin………

You voted in your thousands and me and the sheddies thank you.

Well here are the sheds that made it to the final list, now its up to our judges to vote on their favorites and they winner will be announced during shed week 2009! (Wed 8th July 2009 to be exact)

Normal Shed Category Winner
THE APPLE CRATE Carol and Paul,The bottom of our garden


Eco-shed Category Winner
Rammed Earth Eco-Shed Michael Thompson,Potter Heigham, Norfolk

Rammed earth

Garden office Category Winner
Grumpy’s Palace Debs Carr,Jersey, Garden Office
Grump's Palace

Cabin Category Winner
Kite Cabin Steven Harwood,Top of the Garden

Kite cabin

Workshop Category Winner
Workshopshed Andy,London

Workshop Shed

Unique Category Winner
The Disco Shed Peepshow Paddy,Secret Oxfordshire Hideaway

Disco Shed

Summerhouse Category Winner
Love Shack Martin Newman,Rear Garden L/pool

Love Shack

Pub Shed Category Winner
Cowshed Bar & Spa Andy Butler,West Wales

Cow Shed

Studio Category Winner
Dingly Dell Amanda Goode (Princess Tat of Tinkle Shed)

Dingly dell

Tardis Category Winner
Tardis Paul Williams


Hut Category Winner
Hut 6 Bletchley Park Trust,Bletchley Park

Wooden Category Winner
My shed in Kenilworth Judith Medlock

My shed

Other Category Winner
West Ham Unit’sh’ed Chris Le Poidevin,On the Patio !
West ham

Congrats sheddies, if you have not emailed me your details, then please do so ASAP

Here are the other sheds in each category that came close in the public vote, sorry I can’t give actual votes as it was a secret ballot by you the sheddies.

Normal Shedthey maybe normal but your loved them

Eco-sheds This new category will go on from strength to strengh

Garden officeWorthy of any shedworker

Cabingreat craftsmanship this year.

Workshopa strong category for the serious sheddie

Unique Some great ones this year – I thought Tony had the wossname on uniqueness. but you proved me wrong.

Summerhouse Cute and practical

Pub Shed The most closely fought category this year

StudioGreat studios this year


Hutwhere were all the beach huts!
Hut 6 Bletchley Park Trust,Bletchley Park


Othera bit too different for a lot of sheddies.

To the rest of you did a great job and I hope we get the same effort for the new sheds added for next years comp, but remember each shed on the site (that has not won) goes forward to next years comp automatically, so get some new pictures ready!

One thing that happened this year was a lot of promotion by the sheddies of their sheds canvassing votes via facebook, twitter and their own blogs… plus on forums as different as football fans sites, welders and bikers.

For next year also I may cull a few categorys that did not many votes – and maybe change the rules so that it takes the top ten overall instead of categorys but we can look at that after my shedweek hangover!

For those who voted – we salute you.

Well the voting for Shed of the Year 2009 is now over, many many thanks for all the sheddies who took part this year with new sheds, and the sheddies who shared their sheds in the past and added new images for this years competition, its great to see how you have pimped your sheds since last time..

I just need to “do the math” over the next few days to get the category winners together.

Then our team of crack shed judges including Chris Evans, Sarah Beeny , Trevor Baylis, Alex, Lloyd, Rico and Tim and Tony have to sit down and mark each of the category sheds out of 10, hopefully they will do it in their sheds and decide which is their shed of the year.

I will then tally up all the scores on the shed doors and the shed with the most votes from this secret ballot will win and will announce the Winner on 8th July, keep any eye on or follow me on twitter.

Of course I can’t comment on which one is my favourite Shed of the Year, as I am on the judging panel its very difficult as I love them all!

But all I can say it was a very tight vote in some of the categories after having a quick look last night, and the standard of sheds added for this years competition has matched the quality and innovation we have had in the past years.

I hope to publish a top 3 in each category when I find my calculator (but maybe after Shed Week) on the shedblog.

I will be publishing exclusive interviews with a select bunch of sheddies and shed fans in the coming weeks, so watch the blog for that..

If you have any shed news or are holding any special shed parties during shed week let me know and I will add them to the Shed Colander..



Just Sheds : Fathers Day Shed’s

Dads are the corner stone of the shed world, be it me, a grandads allotment giving inspiration, the punks not dads or shedworking dads like Alex, we all love a shed as a retreat.

So here are some Dad’s Sheds for you.. to vote on as Fathers Day is the last day to vote for Shed of the year

The Shed
Jon Spooner

The Shed - Jon Spooner

Granddad’s Shed

Granddad's Shed - Jammie

Little Elephant
Simon Ripley

Little Elephant - Simon Ripley

Wilfred Pendle’s Summerhouse

Wilfred Pendle's Summerhouse - David

The Village Hall
Peter Honey

The Village Hall - Peter Honey

Love Shack
Martin Newman

Love Shack - Martin Newman

My Dad’s shed
Dolomite Glaze

My Dad's shed - Dolomite Glaze

Monty’s Shed at Wigmore Manor

Monty's Shed at Wigmore Manor - Mungo

dad’s shed
Ian Williams

dad's shed - Ian Williams

the shed
justin sanford

the shed - justin sanford

Dad’s Office
Josh Freeman

Dad's Office - Josh Freeman

Some great Father’s Day Gifts for a sheddie Dad

Last Week to vote for Shed of the year 2009

Just over 3300 votes for the sheds and we have a week left thanks sheddies, so the rest of you get voting Here

Also here is the Shed Week Calendar of events in a google calendar

If you have any special events happening for Shed Week, are you drinking in your sheds with your mates, does your shed band have any gigs on? let me know

Random Sheds for everyone

As there is just 3 weeks left for the public vote for Shed of the year (Timetable)

I have made the main Shed page – each time you do there there will be different sheds (hopefully) you can still go the the category pages as well to see the sheds.

Here are some random examples.

Pauls Private Part!
Paul Britton

Pauls Private Part! - Paul Britton

The Forge and Flagon
Mandy and Smudge Smith

The Forge and Flagon - Mandy and Smudge Smith

Ye old baggy bar

Ye old baggy bar - Steve
Bottom of Garden

No 21
Brendan Fitzgerald

No 21 - Brendan  Fitzgerald

Das Bunker

Das Bunker - MikeG

My Shed
David Kivlin

My Shed - David Kivlin

The Smashing Thumb Shed
Laura Munoz

The Smashing Thumb Shed - Laura Munoz

of course if you don’t want random sheds and just want them in order they were added to the site, then you can have that to, so everyone happy (well probably not but I try)

Just Sheds: Summer Shed lovin

What with a few days of warm summerish weather a lot of sheddies would have decamped to the bottom of their gardens to the summerhouse sheds, I know I did for an hour on the bank holiday, with my wind up radio (thanks Shed judge Trevor Baylis for your invention every sheddie needs) listening to hits from the 1970s’ and a nice glass or two of Welsh cider.

Of course the shed purists will say that a summerhouse is not a shed, but the number of summerhouses we have on readersheds and the amount of shed pimping they have done to them, they are sheds in their eyes and mine.

el duende Anne Pettit

el duende - Anne Pettit

The Block and Tackle Amanda

The Block and Tackle - Amanda

Halty Hideaway Pam Bowman

Halty Hideaway - Pam Bowman

The Summer Shed Charles Wilson

The Summer Shed - Charles Wilson

Granny’s Summer Pavilion Granny Sue

Granny's Summer Pavilion - Granny Sue

Mrs U W summerhouse Mrs uncle wilco (it’s my blog!! ok you don’t need to vote for this, as I will not let Mrs U W Win Shed of the year!)

Mrs U W summerhouse - Mrs uncle wilco

Random Sheds: Bank holiday sheds

oriental summerhouse
oriental summerhouse shed

a nice sundeck, a fridge and seating and 4 speakers for my music
virtually all re cycled materials, except for internal plastering

dog house pub shed

This Is A Lager Only Shed (The Optics Are For The Ladies),It All Started When My Mate Paul(Owner Of Shed Of Dread)Invited Me Into His Shed His Is A Bitter Only Shed,Mine Is Only 8X6 And Wishing I Had Bought A Bigger One Already.


Addtional Info: The shed had been dismantled in order to take it to the tip. We saw the bits strapped to the top of a van and asked the owner to take it to our allotment instead of throwing it away. Several people have helped with labour and materials contributions (thanks all)

The Lodge

formally 2 sheds. knocked down the left one and extended it to 16’x8′. 10′ at the deepest point to take the gym at the right end.will be fully insulated and powered up next month (hopefully) with a bar at the other end.

Just Sheds : Musical sheds

We know people love to sing in their sheds! and here are a few examples.

Canna Manor

canna manor shed

The husband only enters by invitation. The shed is my retreat. It contains an electronic keyboard, and all my music scores and books of poetry. Outside, on its “verandah” is a bench where I enjoy the early morning sun and have my coffee. Magic!

The loving husband built it, and is then happy to leave it to me.

the ‘GEM’ saloon, bath

Gem saloon

piano, woodburner, optics, rocking chair, trixy
breezeblock walls, insulated roof, previously derelict

Hollywell House

hoolywell house shed

My summerhouse is a multi function, leisure building. It has a Pub/Musical theme. And serves as a mini recording studio for musicians. There is storage under the seating, in ceiling cupboards and other hand built units. The bar is fully equipped, and can serve beer on tap (Through a T- Bar pump), cocktails and any other types of drink. There is a beer cooler for the pumps, a beer fridge for bottles and cans, and a wine fridge too. There is a dining area, with stools that match the main seating and which also serve as musician stools for playing guitars, keyboard etc.