A pub which holds 60 people, a stunning summerhouse and a giant TEAPOT are among the front runners to win Shed of the Year, it was announced today.
Almost 2,000 amateur ‘sheddies’ entered their creations into this year’s competition, from the weird and wacky to the downright majestic.
More than 20,000 members of the public then voted for their favourites in eight separate categories, with each winner going through to the grand final.
They include a replica of the tea pot, built by Ian Hunter, 59, from Melrose, Scotland, which is constructed entirely from reclaimed materials.
The bottom half of the shed is used for drying timber, while the upper level is accessed through steps in the teapot handle. The lid of the teapot also opens and shut using an old hand drill.
However, the teapot and working pubs will have stiff competition from Helen Waddington, who constructed ‘Thomas’ Tardis’, after her son asked for a replica of the famous time machine from Doctor Who for his birthday.
Taking eight weeks to complete, all the signs were handcrafted, while the interior has a large backdrop of the Tardis’ interior rear wall.
Each shed will now be judged by Channel 4 presenter George Clarke, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco, last year’s winner Alex Holland, craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.
Patrick Lynch, 62, from Billericay, took two years to build ‘Charlie Browns’, with the shed able to hold 60 people, a pool table, two slot machines and a 50’s juke box.
It also comes with optics and pumps, cabinet fridge, cocktail barrel and a sound system.
Fife resident Peter McLaren, 50, has built the ‘Pool Hoose’ entirely from recycled materials such as telegraph poles, scaffolding battens, roofing tin and glass.
While it serves as a studio, it is named so because it links the view between two pools, and is furnished for passing cyclists.
Alison Kynaston Jones, 57, from Shropshire, is hoping her cabin shed is popular among the judges, while DJs Paddy Bickerton and Aidan Larkin, both aged 35 from the Cotswolds, are hoping their Disco shed will steal the show.
Darren Stride, from Great Yarmouth, has entered his Blitz Street Museum which transports visitors back to the 1940s.
It has a life size display made up of five different sheds, all depicting scenes from WWII.
The overall winner will be announced on the August 7, with the victorious designer winning £1,000 for their efforts.
George Clarke, who hosts the TV show Amazing Spaces, said: “The nation’s love for transforming their garden shed to an extension of the home is really trending right now.
“The TV series reveals some of the most creative, beautiful and unusual shed spaces, as well as meeting the talented people behind them.”
Kay Bartlett, from competition sponsor Cuprinol, added: “Every year we’re amazed at how creative ‘sheddies’ get with their beloved sheds and how many wonderful entries come through.”