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Shed of the Year 2019 shortlist highlights hobbyist ingenuity

Shed of the Year 2019 shortlis...
The hobbit hole-like Bux End, by Chris Hield, is used as a workshop for the owner to make armor and chainmail. The project is a finalist in the Nature’s Haven category
The hobbit hole-like Bux End, by Chris Hield, is used as a workshop for the owner to make armor and chainmail. The project is a finalist in the Nature’s Haven category
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The Vintage Tea Shed, by Anne Hindle, serves as a quaint retreat. The project is a finalist in the Budget category
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My Shed, by Christopher Atkin, features a solar power system, surround sound, and folding space-saving furniture. The project is a finalist in the Budget category
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Shack Attack, by Justin, was built using recycled and salvaged materials and is used as a place to sleep and make food. The project is a finalist in the Budget category
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The Hippy Hut, by Dean Haden, is made from an old sauna and has one bed for its owners and another for their dog. The project is a finalist in the Cabin/Summerhouse category
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Hunters Bothy, by Ian McMorran, was made with the help of family and neighbors and is based on American log cabins. It has a working log burner inside and includes lots of antique hunting equipment, The project is a finalist in the Cabin/Summerhouse category
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Woody Willow, by Tom Prior, was designed for his children to enjoy and features an eye-catching cantilever. The project is a finalist in the Cabin/Summerhouse category
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Allotment Recycled Pallet Eco Shed, by Andrius Simaska, is made from recycled pallets and has matching outdoor furniture from recycled pallets and pallet wood. The project is a finalist in the Nature’s Haven category
The hobbit hole-like Bux End, by Chris Hield, is used as a workshop for the owner to make armor and chainmail. The project is a finalist in the Nature’s Haven category
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The hobbit hole-like Bux End, by Chris Hield, is used as a workshop for the owner to make armor and chainmail. The project is a finalist in the Nature’s Haven category
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The Hut, by Julian Wormald, is described by its owner as a hut to "rest awhile, think, and watch the clouds go by." The project is a finalist in the Nature’s Haven category
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Shed Of Two Halves,by Andrew Mowl, literally consists of two parts: a bar and a children's tree house. The project is a finalist in the Pub/Entertainment category
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The Reef Cavern, Chris Smith, is a tropical-style tiki hut with cocktail bar. The project is a finalist in the Pub/Entertainment category
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Fishermans Rest, by Kieran Gillingham, is made out of recycled oak and sweet chestnut timber and is topped by a large skylight. The project is a finalist in the Pub/Entertainment category
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The Retro Retreat, by Louise Mayoh, accurately recreates the style of a 1970's British living room, complete with bar. The project is a finalist in the Unexpected category
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The Lorry Life, by Tom Duckworth, is a full-time home made from an old army lorry and a shed. The project is a finalist in the Unexpected category
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The Lorry Life, by Tom Duckworth, is a full-time home made from an old army lorry and a shed. The project is a finalist in the Unexpected category
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The Wagon, by Jim and Becky Mills, is a full-size replica of a North Eastern Railway Wagon. The project is a finalist in the Unique category
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The Wagon, by Jim and Becky Mills, is a full-size replica of a North Eastern Railway Wagon. The project is a finalist in the Unique category
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Instant Karma, by John Moore, is located in a forest and serves as an attractive private getaway. The project is a finalist in the Unique category
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The Space Shed, by Jon Spooner, includes a hydraulic system and opens up to reveal a mini stage with a fully programmable LED lighting rig, a big screen and a sound system. The project is a finalist in the Unique category
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Artist In The Shed, by Mary Price, serves as a colorful artist studio in the owner's back garden. The project is a finalist in the Workshop/Studio category
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The Ark, by Stuart Campbell, is an attractive workshop for making musical instruments and small furniture. The project is a finalist in the Workshop/Studio category
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Super Shed, by Susan Lowe, serves many purposes: it's a hangout space for the owner's daughter, a workshop and a dining area, an office, a bar and storage space. The project is a finalist in the Workshop/Studio category
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Tempest shed, by David Stocks, is a writer's retreat and place to relax that draws inspiration from steampunk. The project is a finalist in the Unexpected category

The shortlist for the 2019 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition has been announced. A total of 21 superb sheds made the cut this year and highlights include a handcrafted retreat inspired by a log cabin, a converted army truck with a shed atop, and a space-themed tourer.

For those unfamiliar with the UK shedding scene, we've made the comparison to the US tiny house movement in the past and this still stands, though these sheds are generally installed in gardens and built by enthusiastic amateurs, which makes for all kinds of weird and wonderful designs.

The 2019 Cuprinol Shed of the Year shortlist is split into seven categories: Pub/Entertainment, Cabin, Unique, Workshops, Budget, Unexpected, and Nature's Haven, which is a new category. Public voting is open until August 29 and an overall winner will be decided later in the year.

"We've been absolutely blown away by the incredible, imaginative and innovative sheds entered into this year's competition," says head judge and Cuprinol Shed of the Year founder, Andrew Wilcox. "Every year there are more and more outstanding entries that take us by surprise. The creativity and imagination of all entrants never fail to amaze the judges. This year's bunch are second to none."

We've selected a few highlights below, but be sure to head to the gallery to see each project in full.

The Lorry Life, by Hampshire sheddie Tom Duckworth, is a finalist in the Unexpected category. Duckworth purchased an army lorry back in 2016 following his 22nd birthday. He then spent about a year transforming it into a full-time home using a shed. What it must surely lack in aerodynamics, the novel home makes up for with a full-size kitchen, solar power, and even a rainwater collection system.

St Albans' Jon Spooner is the proud owner of the Space Shed, which is a mobile shed on wheels that boasts a fully programmable LED lighting rig, a big screen, sound system, and a hydraulics system that opens it up. The Space Shed has toured music, arts, and science festivals. Spooner is deeply involved in all things space and his story is well worth a read.

The Hunters Bothy, by South Lanarkshire's Ian McMorran, was built with help from neighbors and family, and is based on American log cabin designs. The charming cabin has a working log burner and features old hunting gear inside, including old fishing traps, snow shoes and mole traps. It now serves as a place for him to relax and enjoy his garden.

Source: Readers Sheds

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