With more and more people wanting to escape the hurly-burly of the modern world if only for a bit of peace and quiet in the garden, the shed is finding a new lease of life with some truly amazing entries in the Cuprinol-sponsored 2017 Shed of the Year competition. The public can vote for their favourite out of the 32 finalists, with a judging panel having the final say. The overall winner will be announced on a Channel 4 programme in the summer called Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. Here we take a look at the categories and some of the nominations.
There are nine categories in this year’s competition: unique, cabin/summerhouse, eco, budget historical, pub/entertainment, international, workshop/studio, and unexpected.
One shed that is sure to get a lot of votes is the Tardis, which is based on Dr Who’s famous time-travelling machine. Created by Paul Foden of Stoke on Trent, The Tardis is battling it out with other sheds in the pub and entertainment category.
The PrickleBum shed
Owned by Ailie Hill from Shropshire, the PrickleBum shed is dedicated to the care of hedgehogs, whether they are ill, injured or orphaned. Converted from an old summerhouse, she really has created a worthy winner in the unexpected category.
Who says sheds are a boy thing? Certainly not Bristolian Emily Fisher, who has created her own pink paradise complete with flamingoes and plenty of retro kitsch.
The Cork Studio
This shed is entered in the eco category because of its cork shell and carbon-neutrality and has been created by Tom Hardy from Canonbury in north London. It has also been shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award.
If you would like to see details of all the nominations, take a look at http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?
The Shed of the Year awards are now in their tenth year, and the sheer scale and scope of the sheds are amazing. Entries have come in from all corners of the UK, so summer houses in Northern Ireland may provide inspiration for 2018 entries. Companies such as http://www.morrowsectionalbuildings.com/summer_houses provide some great products for you to let your imagination transform into something worthy of being voted Shed of the Year 2018.
All of the sheds and summerhouses look amazing. Which one will you vote for?