Shed of the year 2016: Eco and Unexpected categories

As part of Cuprinol’s annual celebration which honours Britain’s most spectacular sheds, the first leg of the competition pulled in a record 12,292 public votes and crowned the two spaces winners of the Eco and Unexpected Categories.

Taking home the prize for Best Eco Shed, The West Wing, boasts a spacious loft with an area to sleep, a large workshop space for ‘shedworking’ and a secret bookcase that reveals a hidden room for the kids to enjoy. The eco-friendly shed fought off stiff competition to be crowned overall category winner on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ last night.

Owned by Kevin Herbert, this eco shed is constructed from nearly 90% recycled materials, and took Kevin over eight years to construct.

Meanwhile, the Haunted Chapel owned by Jamie Taylor in Warwickshire beat three other impressive shortlisted sheds to become winner of Best Unexpected Shed for his hidden 150 year old shed.

The chapel includes original wooden pews, as well as a hymn board and has been host to a number of Halloween parties.

The two winning sheds were announced last night by George Clarke on the Channel 4’s hit series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures and sponsored by Cuprinol. Category winners are being announced during each episode of the four-part series, with the final winner being announced in the last episode in August.

The Haunted Chapel and West Wing have now secured their place in the final which will see them up against six other category winners in a battle to be crowned Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016.

Best Eco Shed winner, Kevin Herbert says: “Being part of Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016 has been such an exciting journey and to win the Eco category is a huge honour. The West Wing was definitely a labour of love, taking eight years to construct. It was designed to give us a space that the whole family could enjoy, and the secret rooms have definitely been a hit.”

Best Unexpected winner, Bryan Jamie Taylor says: “I’m honoured to have won the Unexpected Category in the Shed of the Year competition. I really didn’t expect it at all with the level of creativity and style this year being so high. The Chapel has been great fun to create and it’s amazing that it has been there for over 150 years!”

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

By Andrew Wilcox

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