Behold! Britain’s 8 Mightiest Sheds

Here are the finalists for the competition everyone wants to win: 2013 Shed Of The Year.

Welcome to the 7th annual Shed Of The Year. The competition invites ‘Sheddies’ in the UK to submit their dens for the chance to be crowned victorious, with a prize sum of £1,000.

Categories include: Eco Shed, Garden Office, Cabin/ Summerhouse, Workshop/ Studio, Unique Shed, Pub Shed, TARDIS Shed, Normal Shed. The public votes for a category winner, and each category winner is entered into the final - with the winner being announced during Shed Week (1st July).

1. The eco-friendly shed.

Belonging to Camden Town’s Marcus Sheilds, this eco shed is covering in recycled yoghurt cartons, and has a roof made of wildflowers.

2. The shed that doubles as an office.

This beautiful office shed is situated overlooking Dartmoor, and belongs to the lucky Jonathan Sullivan of Modbury, Devon

3. The cute barrel-shaped shed.

Belonging to Abigail Walker from Berkshire, this shed is made of corrugated iron and is fully insulated.

4. The shed that’s also a cider bar.

Wiltshire artist Luke Hollingworth was a runner-up in 2012’s competition, and has refined his entry since. His shed showcases his artwork, and also contains a cider bar.

5. The shed with a boat for a roof.

The roof of this shed in the Cambrian Mountain range, in mid-Wales is made from an upturned boat. Owner Alex Holland has kitted the shed out with a fridge, gas cooker and sound system.

6. The shed that’s also a pub.

Belonging to Garry Logan of Ayrshire, this is so much more than a shed. There’s a last-orders bell, wifi, beers on draught, a fruit machine and darts!

7. The Doctor Who shed.

David Lifton from Chelmsford created this scaled-down TARDIS for his son, who’s a huge Doctor Who fan.

8. The pirate ship shed.

Owned by Clare Kapma-Saunders from Southampton, the shed has rigging, a hammock and captain’s quarters, as well as a skull and crossbones.

Meanwhile, here’s the winner of last year’s competition.

This garden pub contains “a beer bottle collection of real ales which is around 500 and counting, and around 110 ciders all on display.”

The 2011 winner, in Somerset.

Though it might not look like much, this shed is used to record acoustic sessions - like this one.

And the 2010 winner, in Worthing, Essex.

Created entirely out of recycled materials, this shed “is a purpose built pirate’s cabin built to look like the poop deck of a pirate ship moored at a Caribbean dock, complete with fully stocked koi carp pond and aviary - for those long hungry voyages.”

2009 winner, West Wales.

Though this shed has a compost toilet, it also features bunk beds, a woodburner and Sky TV. The view stretches across the Welsh valley near the owner’s home.


The Rugby Pub, Suffolk. With a hammock and fully stocked bar, the owner writes: “No phone, no TV, no interruptions, no shortage of liquid refreshment, no inclination to go any where else and no need to.”


The Roman Temple, Berkshire. Supported by four fibreglass Roman columns, this shed has grape lights, a mosaic table, Roman window bars, and two clocks - one set to British time, one set to Roman time.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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