Tardis doorways, roof flamingos and hedgehog hospitals: The 2017 ‘Shed of the Year’ finalists have been revealed!
Pictures of the 32 finalists of the 2017 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition have been released. Members of the public can now vote for their favourite entries in a total of eight categories, ranging from progressive eco-sheds to creative budget projects.
“A final judging panel will then pick an overall winner, whose creation will be crowned Shed of the Year 2017, later this Summer on the Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces Shed of the year,” says Readersheds, where the poll is now open.
After three seasons, we’re used to seeing some truly incredible entries that push the boundaries of what a ‘shed’ is capable of. With the spread of garden offices and she-sheds, it would seem that more and more of us are heading to the garden to express our creativity, but some of these entries are on a completely new level.
Here are some of our favourite entries for this year's competition!
This hedgehog hospital is a former garden summerhouse. It offers care and rehabilitation for sick, injured or orphaned wild British hedgehogs, which are now listed as an endangered species. According to the owners, who sometimes call it “the Tardis”, it can house up to 22 hedgehogs at a time.
A great deal of thought, charity and dedication went into this shed. Everything inside, including the items required for hedgehog care, were either recycled, bought second hand or donated
This entry looks straight out of a Barbie catalogue! The “multipurpose summer workspace" was created by Emily Fisher, a designer, blogger, Youtube star and self-proclaimed ‘mermaid’.
While the peppy blue and pink decor (including an inflatable roof flamingo) might not be for everyone, this entry shows an incredible amount of character and creativity. Plus, with DIY space, an internet connection and wonderful views of Fisher's Bristol home, this unorthodox shed will definitely see plenty of use.
The ‘Hobbit House’ is a summer house at the bottom of a garden, designed to be a “magical space” to enjoy with friends and family.
Built from locally sourced wood, stone, straw and cob, the house was intended to be eco friendly. Many of the materials used to build it were donated, including clay from a local brickworks and wood from a sawmill.
After more than a year of work, the owners are finally finishing the interior. The exposed stone walls, wood burning stove and beautiful rustic decor have certainly made this entry into a “magical” country hideaway.
This ‘shed’ is actually a meticulously designed simulator sitting in a garage in Bedfordshire! The flying man cave was set up by Captain Mark Lowen, who has over 20 years of piloting experience and who now offers lessons for clients at “all levels of ability” through his business, ‘Fly a Flight’.
According to Mark, the real challenge was seeing if the Boeing 737 flight simulator would actually fit in his garage. Since then, however, the setup has expanded to include a reception room and even an aircraft toilet!
They say that it’s clever to prepare for the worst, and Youtube star Colin Furze is ready to wait out the worst in style! The impressive part about this entry isn’t actually the shed itself, which only contains a few tools and bikes, but the secret bunker that lies beneath it.
“Hidden under some lovely budget rugs is an entrance to an underground bunker/man cave,” reads the entry. “Lift the trap door to reveal a ladder which will take you 4 metres underground, along a short tunnel to reveal the ultimate hideaway room.”
‘Ultimate’ is certainly right: The concrete bunker offers a band practice area, video games and even Sky TV!
Walking into this shed is an experience in itself. This garden hideaway was built by Andrew Walker for his wife, Antonia, and is less of a shed than a miniature country mansion.
The upmarket decor includes a grandfather clock, cherub statuettes and a dominating mirror above the fireplace (yes, the fireplace!)
One thing that we really like about this entry is the inclusion of the ‘in-progress’ pictures. Husband Andrew built the ‘shed’ from scratch, and the result is what Antonia calls “the best present ever anyone could have.”
If it weren’t for some of the other entries on this list, you might struggle to call this glass hut a ‘shed’, so to speak. Even so, this stunning entry makes an instant impression.
The multicoloured kiln-fired glass panels that make up the walls are each hand decorated with photographs and imagery from the childhood of the creator, Serena Hall. According to Serena, the hut “celebrates the joy of childhood and the British Seaside”.
It is also a highly personal entry, and connects her to her “lovely mum and dad.”
Is there a doctor in the shed?
This entry is the result of a year long labour of love by Paul Foden, an avid fan of Doctor Who. The entryway, modelled after the Doctor’s famous ship, leads to a meticulously designed replica of the inner-Tardis, including flashing consoles, neon lights and plenty of memorabilia.
Another labour of love, this entry is based on ‘ABC Cinemas’, a now defunct British movie theatre chain. The attention to detail here is incredible: seats, exit signs, posters, display boards and doors were all collected from closed down branches to create the 1970s-80s style cinema, which creator Anderson Jones calls “a working museum”.
This ‘shed’ took 4.5 years to put together, though Jones himself has been collecting cinema memorabilia for 30 years. It can seat 34 people and features a foyer, ticket booth and snack shop as well as the main auditorium.
Philip knows the most frustrating aspect of a home improvement job is not knowing anything about it! In the news, Phil is always on the look out for properties that inspire. He’s a fan of modern properties, with a particular soft spot for skyscrapers.