An elaborate tree house and a cabin on wheels are among the weird and wonderful structures to be named finalists of Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2015.
To make the final 12, entrants had to come top in one of eight categories: pub; eco; workshop and studio; cabin and summerhouse; unique; normal; historical; and budget.
Entries included the sleek Art Deco-style Starliner Diner, the beautifully intricate wood-carved Cabin of the Green Man, and the camouflaged Garden House, which is a replica of an Anglo-Saxon hideaway with a green roof.
Shed of the Year 2015 finalists revealed
Shed of the Year 2015 finalists revealed
1/12 Terry's Treehouse: Owned by Terry Meredith from Dursley in Gloucestershire
Terry’s Treehouse is 4.5 metres off the ground supported by four oak trees and has panoramic views of the Cotswold Escarpment, Malvern Hills and Welsh Mountains. Inside, the shed seats 10 people, houses two beds and has a central barbecue for social occasions
2/12 Cliffhanger: Owned by Karen Scott from Cromer in Norfolk
Situated 50 feet from the cliff edge, Cliffhanger is made from beach hut debris following a tidal surge. As a result the shed cost just £250 to build
3/12 Pixie Cabin: Owned by Mark Burton from Surrey
Built without a spirit level or tape measure, the Pixie Cabin is designed to look like an old falling down house. It’s uniquely mobile and is used as a tea room, an office, a place to store tools and to keep dry when it rains. It even contains a log burner to keep warm
4/12 Starliner Diner: Owned by Chris Galley from Chichester in West Sussex
Starliner Diner is an Art Deco style, retro diner. Inside it contains a diner booth made from old boat seats, as well as homemade furniture and restored vintage jukeboxes. Complete with air conditioning, a 1950s heating system, lighting effects and internet, the Starliner Diner is home to parties and relaxation
5/12 Cabin of the Green Man: Owned by Luke Anthony Wesley from Bedford in Bedfordshire
Cabin of the Green Man is a workshop from which owner Luke Anthony Wesley creates beautifully intricate chainsaw carvings of Green Man faces. Freestanding, the Cabin of the Green Man is made from ash from local woodland, pallets, reclaimed timber and reclaimed glass. The inside walls are made from old pallets, furniture and wooden units
6/12 Eco Dome: Owned by Paul Robinson from Brampton in Cumbria
The spectacular seven meter domed roof is made from aluminium and is used as a woodworking workshop on the ground floor with an office and gym upstairs. The Eco Dome has been used for numerous things from a duck shed to an art studio, to a plant house and a chill out zone for social gatherings
7/12 Pirate Retreat: Owned by Keith Brown from Croydon in Surrey
The Pirate Retreat is home to pirate themed parties and gatherings of up to 50 people. It’s filled to the brim with pirate themed objects and trinkets from Keith’s holidays to the Caribbean. It also contains a fully stocked bar, a dining area which seats up to 10 people, a dance area, 1000w sound system, disco lighting and an electric drawbridge and moat
8/12 Garden House: Owned by Tim Concannon from Buriton in Hampshire
Semi underground, the Garden House is a copy of a seventh century Anglo-Saxon House with a green roof. Inside it’s furnished with seats and a stove and is used as an art studio as well as a venue for ancient poetry speaking and traditional seventh century dinners
9/12 Micro shed: Owned by Colin Edmonson from Leigh in Greater Manchester
The Micro Shed is just 4' x 2' by 4' tall, is mobile and is built on a miniature railway wagon. There’s just enough room for a comfy deep buttoned seat, a stove, a model railway and a shelf for a whisky glass
10/12 Maid of Dekkin: Owned by Cormac Hawkins from Egham in Surrey
Maid of Dekkin is a floating beach hut on a river. Siutated on a decked pontoon, the shed contains an engine and steering wheel and can be driven on water. Used for relaxing in, the shed is complete with a fold out bed, tables, chairs, a parasol and a drinks trolley
11/12 Shedservatory: Owned by Ben Fillmore from Amersham in Buckinghamshire
By night, the Shedservatory is an observatory in which the roof rolls off and opens up to reveal the sky. It houses owner Ben Fillmore’s telescopes for star gazing. By day it’s used as a garden office decorated with colourful rugs
12/12 The Bikers: Owned by Michael Jelley from Chichester in West Sussex
Hand built over several years, The Bikers shed consists of six rooms filled with pub and motorcycle memorabilia. There’s a large workshop for building and repairing bikes, a room for home brewery, a bar, a smoking room and an eating room
The finalists are set to appear on a Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, which will help the public to whittle down the shortlist.
A panel of judges - including the founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox, last year’s overall winner Joel Bird, Channel 4’s George Clarke, craftsmen William Hardie, industrial designer Max McMurdo, and architect Laura Clark - will then name what they believe is the most impressive design.
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