Prepare to get serious shed envy with these genius and bizarre entries to this year’s ‘Shed of the Year‘ competition. The finalists will appear on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year this summer – here are our favourites…
Avoch boat shed
This suitably nautical-themed boat shed made by Matthew Lynn from Peterborough is based around an old wooden sea scout board that originally came from Avoch in Scotland. Complete with portholes, shipboard cladding and decorative oars, this makes for a quirky hideaway with friends and family.
Fire brigade fanatic Kevin Francis created this shed dedicated to his array of memorabilia he’s collected over the years – inside it gets even better – there’s a fireman’s pole that drops down to Kevin’s own bar where he brews his own fire service-related beer!
The Ardgour Estate in Scotland is known for its incredible dark skies free from light pollution, so owner Annie Maclean decided to create the perfect pod for stargazing – complete with wood-burning stove. This off-grid tower, made only using sustainable materials, was submitted to the eco category.
To celebrate her 50th birthday, Sonia Walker’s husband lovingly made this little haven to unwind and relax in after a hard day’s work. Inspired by charming period-interiors, the Mini Manor has many features including a traditional fireplace and grandfather clock.
Punch and Judy Shed
The Punch and Judy Shed owned by ‘Professor Queen Bee’, or Teresa Verney-Brookes, from Reading is a one-of-a-kind shed dedicated entirely to the iconic puppet show. As it tours the UK in the summer, you may well spot it doing the rounds…
Michael Long from Hertfordshire transformed this summerhouse into a nostalgic 1930s-style railway waiting room packed with artefacts including genuine tracks, GWR lamps and homemade signals – the best part? Station announcements and steam train sound effects are even played from the outside.
Doctor Who fans will adore Paul Foden’s shrine to the hit series, with some seriously impressive recreation work of the famous Tardis – time travel has never looked better…
Serious dedication is shown by Father Julian Kent, who actually holds a daily mass for up to 20 people in this chapel. It features an organ and also a 19th-century rood screen from parts of an organ case from New College, Oxford.
Captain Mark Owen has literally brought work home with him by installing a real-life Boeing 737 flight simulator in his garden garage. Aside from family and friends enjoying a bit of in-flight entertainment, Mark also runs flight experiences for both novice and qualified pilots.
This magical Hobbit-inspired house was a passion project for Susan Price, which helped her through illness by providing a creative outlet. The eco summerhouse is made from stone, timber, cob and straw and is a welcome retreat for family and friends, plus the odd sleepover for her grandchildren.
Letsby Avenue shed
Owned by Barry Anscomb-Moon from Cambridgeshire, this trailer-turned-police station hails back to the 1940s, which tours the UK to show the public what life was like for the police force during World War II. From war-time broadcasts to re-enacting air raids, the Letsby Avenue shed provides a unique experience.
This cute little shed, owned by Ailie Hill, is a tiny sanctuary for housing sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs. It’s only two square metres, but it can hold up to 22 little hedgehogs at any one time before they get released back into the wild.
These are just some of the 32 sheds that were shortlisted for the competition, sponsored by Cuprinol. There’s still time to vote for your favourite at readersheds.co.uk by June 2 – the lucky winner will receive a £1,000 reward for their efforts.