We are great fans of Garden Sheds at DIY Doctor, and we always follow the progress of the Shed of the Year Awards, which is an annual award run by Readers Sheds for any shed owner in the UK to enter.
This year’s Winner is a fine example of the genre, it is a beautiful boat-roofed shed set in rural Machynlleth, and made entirely from recycled materials.
The owner of the winning shed, Alex Holland has set up all sorts of home comforts in his shed, including a woodburner, gas cooker and a fridge which runs on the electricity generated by a solar panel on the roof. In fact he means to spend his winnings on making it even more homely:
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.”
The competition is sponsored by Cuprinol and all the sheds entered into the competition were judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts including Channel 4’s Sarah Beeny, Presenter Kevin McCloud, Uncle Wilco who founded the Shed of the Year, plus last year’s, Shed of the Year winner, John Plumridge.
See all the Shed of the Year finalists on Readers Shed’s Shedblog and see whether you think the judges got it right. We are quite partial to the ‘Tardis’ Shed, perhaps it is the ‘Doctor’ in us!
If you would like to create your own winning entry for next year we have DIY Projects on How To Lay a Shed Base and How To Build Sheds on DIY Doctor’s main website, and we would love to see your sheds if you want to share your pictures with us, simply contact us and send us your pictures. If you fancy showing off to a wider audience DIY Doctor has a Shed and Treehouse Pinterest board with some of our personal favourites, and we will happily share you achievements with the world!
Charles and Charlotte from DIY Doctor share this home office shed (below) – we would love to know, what do you do in your sheds?