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  1. Charlie 4x4 Playhouse Giveaway

    We are hosting the giveaway over on our Shedstore Facebook Page

    To be in with the chance of winning this excellent 4x4 Charlie Playhouse, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’ the post on your own wall for your friends to see.

    Deadline is Monday 1st May at midnight and the winner will be announced the following day – Tuesday 2nd May.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter this competition.
    • Deadline for prize draw entry: midnight of Monday 1st May 2017
    • There is no voucher or cash alternative.

    In order to be entered for the prize you must follow the steps below:

    • Visit our Shedstore Facebook page and press the ‘Like’ button, find either of the competition posts to ‘Like’ and then share the post on your own Facebook wall.
    • Users can only enter this competition once.
    • There is no cost to enter this competition and it is not endorsed by Facebook.
    • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.
    • A winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 via personal message and a post on Facebook.
    • The winner has 48 hours to reply. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, the prize will be transferred to another winner.
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  2. Summer Additions for your Shed

    With summer just around the corner, many of us are starting to take to our gardens once again. The benefits to the pursuit are endless. We're happier, healthier, and generally have better-off bank accounts because of the pursuit when we're growing our own produce. However, our storage sheds can sometimes take a back seat. After all, they're usually “out of sight and out of mind”, so they can suffer from years of neglect that can turn our gardens into unpleasant eyesores. Let's take a look at some ways to help reverse this in order to create the most desirable summer sheds this season.

    Shelving Units

    One of the most pivotal things we can do for our shed is to get it organised. This is exactly where shelving units come into play. Shelves come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit different interiors, but a general rule is that all of our belongings that should be off the floor, should be off the floor. This sets a rudimentary guideline when it comes to purchasing shelves.

    Fortunately, shelving units is one area where shed owners can skip when it comes to cost. Lower priced shelving units aren't likely to be significantly hindered when it comes to quality, but this largely depends on the amount of weight being placed on them. A smaller, thinner shelf isn't likely to be able to support the same type of weight that thicker, longer shelves will be able to handle. However, shed owners should be wary of the walls they're using to support shelves. While it's unlikely, it is certainly possible that shelving units with too significant of a load could easily tear walls or make the entire unit structurally unsound; leading to danger down the line. This is best avoided altogether.

    Security is playing an important role in sheds today, so shelving units are best purchased with lockable sliding drawers. This helps keeps the contents out of view from prying eyes and having some degree of protection against theft. It shouldn't in any way provide the sole means of protection though.

    Locks and Alarms

    One of the most important things shed owners can do is purchase a good, heavy duty lock for their shed door and secure any windows that are exposed to the public. There's simply no better way to help ensure the contents remain protected than by using a large, thick-shackled lock of at least 60mm. This will not only provide a visual deterrent to would-be thieves, but also provides a more difficult prying or cutting experience for thieves. As a general rule, the thicker the lock, the more advanced of equipment the thief will need to bring and/or the stronger the thieves themselves will need to be to cut the lock. This should be the best incentive to purchase the thickest lock a door will accommodate since many will simply move onto cheaper, thinner locks that prove to be easier to cut.

    Similarly, alarm units for sheds aren't all that uncommon. These often operate on batteries and should be checked periodically to ensure their working function, but provide the highest level of visual deterrent to thieves. These should be accented by the decals that are usually provided with kits in order to create the most secure presence around a shed.


    Sheds that have been left in a rather crude or dilapidated state will likely be showing wear and tear throughout the structure. This is where wood-protecting treatment comes into play. It is available in a variety of colours and helps reinforce the natural strength of wood so that it is able to withstand the elements for longer periods of time. Most wood treatments usually provide protection for up to five years, but should ideally be retreated biannually to ensure complete coverage and protection.

    Similarly, this should also be the time to get in to the shed and patch up any cracks, holes, and sagging boards that make the structure unsafe. This can be done using a variety of readily available wood products, like wood glue and plaster, and should be done prior to any wood treatment to ensure even coverage and protection.

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  3. Shed of the Year: The Candidates

    The garden shed isn’t simply somewhere to store broken lawnmowers and household tools, it’s a great British institution and the Shed of the Year competition showcases the best the UK has to offer.

    This year has seen almost 2,500 entries across all categories, so it doesn’t matter if you prefer a garden office or a retreat from the family, Shed of the Year 2015 has it covered. The competition closes on 21 April, so with just a few days left to go we’ve highlighted some of this year’s front-runners below.

    Normal Sheds
    The “Normal Sheds” category might not sound the most exciting, but there’s still plenty of room for innovation and unique ideas.

    This year, Roy James has entered his Dream City Railway shed, which from the outside looks impressive enough, but inside houses one of the largest and most complex standard gauge 0 model railway layouts in the country. 

    Encompassing metres upon metres of track, 16 stations and 30 trains running simultaneously, the model railway has been a labour of love for Roy over the past 20 years and even includes a fully functioning miniature fairground. 

    A separate central control room manages the entire operation, with Roy’s entry demonstrating perfectly why a shed is a hobbyist’s dream.

    Unique Sheds
    The unique shed category has had no shortage of weird and wonderful entries this year, ranging from a cat sanctuary to a road legal shed capable of reaching speeds of 50mph. 

    However, one of the highest rated entries is Derek Verlander’s Japanese Tea House Shed. The build’s external look is that of a westernised Japanese Tea House (hence the name) and inside Derek has equipped it with a tropical fish tank, a stand made up of traditional Japanese ornaments and a bonsai tree, as well as modern facilities such as a fridge, TV system and bar. 

    The exterior is made from cedar shingles and frosted Perspex in order to simulate the look of Japanese paper doors, but Derek’s attention to detail isn’t restricted to the shed itself – the Tea House also overlooks a koi carp pond constructed from a disused railway cutting.

    Pub Sheds
    The only way to improve on a British institution is to combine it with another and hence, the pub shed was born. 

    The category has become increasingly popular as the pub shed makes a perfect venue for hosting friends and family or sneaking away for a quiet pint or two. This year, Darren’s Shenanigan's Irish Bar has generated a lot of interest as it comes equipped with bar, TV, wood burner stove and is large enough to sit 16 people. 

    The pub also comes with a dart board for some classic pub games and has Guinness, Murphy’s and Irish Harp lager on tap. The construction of the shed primarily used scrap wood and pallets and Darren was even able to convert the other half of the building into a workshop, so he can still be productive when not entertaining. 

    However, any prospective drinker at Shenanigans should be warned that Darren has a strict rule that new visitors must have their photo taken with the Irish hat and beard, so that it can take pride of place on the shed’s wall of fame.

    Hopefully the sheds above have inspired you to enter the Shed of the Year competition in 2016. Sheds are a great way of indulging your passion, whatever it may be, so why not get started now and see if your own creation has what it takes to be crowned one of the UK’s best sheds. 

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  4. Bringing Solar Power to Your Garden

    Outdoor solar light has become very popular and quite practical for lighting up the garden, patio area, driveway, and other areas around the home.  The environmentally friendly light is warm, subtle and provides accent light for the home.  Outdoor solar lighting is generally simple to install and does not require other power sources or any wiring.  Since these lights do not use electricity, there will be no addition to the electricity bill when it comes.

    Solar power options can be very safe as they do not require power cords, making them useful in outdoor situations that include installation near ponds and/or swimming pools, and even for sheds or playhouses where children may be spending their time.

    The rechargeable batteries that are typically used in solar light products last about two years when they are properly cared for and allowed to recharge periodically.  The replacement batteries are easy to order online or from the manufacturer and the LED light bulbs used in most solar lighting run for up to 100,000 hours.  Though they are not replaceable, they will likely last a lifetime.

    Direct sunlight powers solar lighting.  This means the dust and/or mud must be cleaned from them periodically to allow them to easily store energy for when they are used.  Certain solar light products may need to be stored indoors during rainy or snowy seasons because they do not work as well when cloudy and during the winter.  When storing them switch the solar lighting off and store them in a dark place.

    Designed for all temperatures, various solar light products are constructed with glass that should not be left outdoors when there is a lot of snow or rain.  Extreme storms or windstorms can damage some solar lighting products.  If there is a concern about certain solar light products being blown away, hanging fixtures can be used and do work well for lining ponds, creeks, and swimming pools.

    Various uses for outdoor solar lighting:

    Decking Lights 
    Solar lighting can add a bit of a glow to a patio area or outdoor decking.  They also provide safety when walking around the areas when it is dark.  At dusk most of the models turn on and will continue for about eight hours on a full day's charge.  In addition to adding a sense of safety, solar lighting on decking and patios is a design element.  They are available as decorative sconces, string lights, tiki torches, and various other models.

    Stair Lighting
    These lights are typically less conspicuous, but very similar to decking lighting.  Solar lighting illuminates the steps, which would often be dark at night and difficult to see.  Small mounting screws usually come with these step lights, making them easy to install and allowing them to fit most staircases.  Remember, the solar light for steps will only work if they get enough sunlight to charge them during the day.  Sometimes remote solar panels are available that can be placed in the most sunlight for charging.

    Rope Lights
    A simple string of rope lights can light up a fence, railing, walkway, or pool area.  As an alternative to holiday lights, this energy efficient solar lighting is available in strings of thirty (30) to fifty (50) lights and come in white or multi-coloured strings.  The installation of this solar lighting is nearly effortless, but like others solar lighting must receive direct sunlight to charge.

    Path Lights
    For an extra bit of garden design and a bit of garden glow, these small lights can be dotted around a walkway or garden.  This solar light needs to soak up as much sun as possible so make sure that trees, long stalks of grass, or tall plants to not overshadow the lights.

    Floating Pool Lights
    This decorative solar lighting is available in various shapes.  The floating orbs can be purchased in shapes of colourful balls, transparent spheres, flower, and many others.  With a sophisticated glimmer, these lights will shine and reflect off the water.

    Security Lights
    This solar light option is ideal for bringing attention to suspicious movements outside homes.  Solar-powered security lights do not use electricity so they do not add to energy costs.  Installation is easy because there are not wires involved, unlike other floodlight and security options. 

    Purchasing Solar Lighting
    Check with the local tax laws before buying any of these new technologies in solar lighting.  There may be some tax breaks or even sales tax exemptions available.  For purchasing solar lighting, many utilities companies, cities and governments are offering certain incentives.  Also, check for the durability of the product before purchase.  This should be the first concern when it comes to buying solar lighting.  It is important to know whether the manufacturer provides a guarantee against harsh winters, extreme weather conditions, and harsh UV rays that threaten to shorten the life span of the products.

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  5. Garden Planning Permission - What Do I Need It For?

    The way that gardens are used today has changed from the past.  The garden area is often seen as land on which to create additional living space, becoming an extension of the home.  This is especially true when it comes to building structures that can be located on the property without needing any planning permission.  There are rules that govern outbuildings such as sheds, garages, greenhouses as well as other ancillary garden building structures like ponds, sauna cabins, swimming pools, kennels, and other enclosures like tennis courts.  The following are general guidelines pertaining to these permissions, but it is important to understand that there may be different regulations that apply from different councils.  Be sure the check with the local council for information specific to the area of concern.

    Outbuildings are generally considered to be permitted development, not needing additional planning permission as long as they fall within certain limits and conditions.  These may include:

    • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation

    • Outbuildings and garages to be single story with maximum eaves height of 2.5 meters and a maximum overall height of 4 meters with a dual roof or three metres for any other roof

    • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwelling house

    • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms

    • No more than half the area of land around the "original house" would be covered by additions or other buildings

    • In National Parks, the Boards, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres

    • On designated land buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission

    • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

    It is important to understand that putting up a small detached building such as a summerhouse or a garden shed in the garden are not normally subject to building regulations.  This is of course if the building is less than fifteen (15) square metres and has no sleeping accommodation within it.  Furthermore, buildings with between fifteen (15) square metres and thirty (30) square metres are generally exempt from the need to apply for building regulations.  In this case also the building must not contain any sleeping accommodation and must also be at least one metre from any boundary, or it must be constructed of materials that are substantially non-combustible.

    The clever way of adding extra space without needed planning permission is with outbuildings.  Larger plots of land offer opportunities to build multiple outbuildings under permitted development.  Under permitted development, the total area covered by these buildings and enclosures cannot exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total area of the curtilage.  This area does not include the area covered by the main house but should account for any extensions.  These outbuildings cannot sit forward of the principal elevation under permitted development.  Planning permission is not required as long as the height remains within the terms given above.  The key understanding of a garden building under permitted development, not requiring any planning permission is that the garden building is incidental to that of the main dwelling.  This means the garden buildings cannot be used for residential accommodation.

    Please understand that this information is a simple summary of garden buildings that do not need planning permissions under permitted development.  It is important to check with the Local Planning Authority before actually moving forward with a project to build a garden building.  It is true that regulations under certain councils differ under other councils.  Furthermore, some permitted development rights have been removed in certain cases.  It is also a good idea to get a certificate of Lawful Development pertaining to any garden building in case the property is every up for sale to ensure the garden building falls within the criteria of permitted development.

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  6. Insulating Your Shed - What You Need To Know

    When it comes to shed insulation it is important to understand that not all sheds are ideally suited for insulation.  Metal sheds and small plastic sheds tend to not have a construction that lends well to shed insulation; at least not the process that will be discussed below.  It may be advisable to change the shed to a more robust type that can accept shed insulation.  Generally, any type of standard timber shed can accept shed insulation to help it retain heat better in the months of colder weather.  Many people in the UK spend a lot of time in their garden and using their sheds so considering the addition of some insulation to a wooden garden shed will help keep the warmth in and extend the time the shed can be utilised.  The shed insulation can help reduce damage to the stored equipment, tools, and boxes as well as allow for plant storage and even use of the shed as a workshop or other type of recreational room.  The proper insulation of a shed requires the sealing of gaps, installation of sheets of insulation, and even the possibility of drywall installation.  Before deciding the type of shed insulation to utilise, consideration should be given to the different areas of the shed that will need insulated; they are the walls, the floor, and doors or windows.  Each of these components requires specific demands.  The following information will help sort out these requirements:

    Sealing the Structure

    1. Shed insulation on the walls will do little good if there are breaks or gaps in the windows.  The first step is to replace broken windows.  When thinking about the windows it may be better to install double glazed windows if the garden shed will be utilised as additional living space.  Single glazed windows allow a lot more heat loss than double glazed windows do

    2. The siding and roof will need patching of any gaps, as will any gaps around the foundation.  Sealant can be used to patch thin gaps, while larger holes can be sealed with expandable spray foam

    3. Check to see if there are any leaks in the shed by examining it during rainfall.  The roof should have a good drainage system installed, using metal roofing, shingles, or fiberglass.  In lieu of rain, use a garden hose and spray it over the shed roof and then examine for signs of leakage.  Look for dark stains to identify potential water leaks

    4. If there are a large number of gaps, consider adding siding to the shed.  When a barrier is established between the outside and holes are filled, the temperature inside the shed will remain more constant

    5. Most shed kits do not come with a weatherproof door.  Purchase and install a weatherproof door.
      6. If a heating system and/or lights will be installed, get the shed fitted with electrical wiring by hiring a licensed electrician

    Choosing the type of insulation that will work best

    1. The first step is to measure the space between the studs to determine the width of batting or sheets that will be needed for the shed insulation

    2. If the studs are 45.7 to 61.0 cm (18 to 24 inches) apart blanket or batting insulation will work well.  Since these are standard wall sizes the shed insulation can simply be rolled out and secured between the studs, beams, and joists

    3. If the distance between the studs is not a standard wall width, but the width does occur in regular intervals, then choose foam board or polystyrene sheets.  This type of shed insulation works well despite it being fairly thin.  However, if the shed has a large number of electrical outlets, this type of shed insulation is not recommended

    4. If the insulation needs to withstand high temperatures, choose wool shed insulation.  A similar option to this is fiberglass insulation, but it must be covered because it is harmful to humans

    5. The previous options for walls that may be unfinished.  For walls that are already finished choose foam, loose fill or spray insulation.  Holes can be cut into the walls for the shed insulation to be blown into the frame

    6. A DIY option is reflective foil-faced insulation, which is flexible and can be bent around obstructions or corners.

    Installing the shed insulation

    1. The foam or blown-in shed insulation is chosen it is best to hire a professional contractor because some of these installation methods require special equipment

    2. Shed measurements can be taken into the local home improvement store for advice from the professionals; they will be able to give advice on the amount of shed insulation to purchase to cover the shed.  The stud spacing measurements should be a part of the overall measurements needed

    3. Foil or batting sheets should be rolled out horizontally and the polystyrene should be set against the frame

    4. Use a staple gun to attach the batting or foil sheets.  They should be stapled to the studs.  Polystyrene sheets should be glued onto the studs and walls with a special adhesive

    5. Where the sheets of shed insulation meet they should overlap, continually moving up the wall in horizontal sheets.  Cut small sections of insulation sheets with scissors

    6. Both the walls and the ceiling should be insulated, but the insulation on the ceiling should have a two-inch gap between it and the top of the ceiling to let moisture escape

    7. Finally, the sheets of shed insulation can be covered with drywall to give the interior of the shed an attractive and finished appearance.  Drywall should be hung on the ceiling first and then followed by the walls.

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  7. Making a Shed Child Friendly

    When was the last time you crawled on your hands and knees around your garden’s shed? As strange as that may sound, maybe you should give it a try. If you have children, you should be well aware that they have a natural tendency to explore their everyday environment, therefore, it’s vital to double-check things out from their perspective to ensure that your garden and shed are child friendly. 
    When we hear the term “baby proofing” or “childproofing”, we often first think of babies. However, whether we like to believe it or not, the leading cause of death in kids 14 years of age and under is due to unintentional injury. What’s more astonishing is that more than ⅓ of these injuries occur right at home. With that being said, it’s clear to see that safety in the home and garden is something that we can never take too seriously. But at the same time, we also want to make our children’s time outdoors as enjoyable as possible.
    While supervision is the best way to prevent most injuries, even the most responsible of parents won’t always be able to keep their kids out of harm’s way every minute of the day. Below are a few tips to help make a child friendly shed: 
    • Add corners and edge bumper along the edges of sharp objects like tool sheds, counters and cabinets.

    • Securely store your tools and other sharp objects like scissors in locked toolboxes. While your children may be able to use proper gardening tools at the appropriate age, make sure they know to ask your permission before they even touch them. Guide them and teach them how to safely use these tools and lock them away securely after use. 

    • Avoid potential choking hazards by storing smaller objects, like craft supplies, in childproof containers. Play it safe and store these smaller items on higher shelves. 

    • Install doorstops and door holders to prevent your kids’ fingers from getting crushed between the door and door hinges. Make sure that these will not break into smaller parts to avoid a choking hazard. 

    • Place childproof outlet covers and outlet plates over all electrical plugs. Make sure that they are durable enough so they cannot be removed and big enough so that children cannot swallow. 

    • If there are windows in your shed, you’ll also want to make sure you do your best to protect them from breaking in the event of an accident, man-made or not. One of the most popular options for making child friendly shed windows is to use safety glass. Alternatively, you can add a small trellis to cover each window to prevent balls or other flying toys from destroying it. 
    A Daily Precaution
    Despite how well behaved you believe your children may be, always make sure to unplug all electrical devices and keep electrical cords out of reach. Kids are naturally curious and there is always a chance they will try to figure out how something works if you give them the opportunity. Be sure to cover the electrical outlets with childproof plates when you’re done. 
    Be Weary of Water
    For sheds that have sinks installed, make sure that the sink’s tub and faucet handles are out of reach and there is no way for children to climb into or onto it. For additional safety, be sure to have an anti-scald device installed as well. It only takes a few inches of water to create a drowning hazard. 
    Pest & Parasites
    While safely storing sharp tools and garden equipment are often the main safety concerns when it comes to making a safe shed for children, there is also another safety issue that parents need to take seriously: rats and other pests  Each week, make sure to do a thorough search under, around and behind your shed’s furniture to ensure it’s clear of droppings and faeces. 
    Apart from being disgusting, pest and other animal droppings often carry bacteria that can transfer onto humans, which can potentially cause illness. Cat faeces, in particular, can cause birth defects in unborn children. 
    Also be sure to perform a weekly search for dangerous insects as well. Depending on the climate you live in, you may have to keep an eye out for poisonous spiders, cockroaches and other unpleasant bugs that could potentially bring harm to your children. As a safety precaution, consider spraying the perimeter of the shed with child-friendly and pet-friendly insect repellent. 
    With a little planning and strategy, what was once a seemingly dangerous shed can be turned into something child-friendly!
    If you think your shed is still a bit too dangerous for children to be going in then you might want to consider getting them a playhouse instead.  Our helpful video showcasing the Shed-Plus playhouses we have to offer is below so you can find out more about the range.
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  8. Garden Sheds and Football: Five Facts you may not know

    Sheds and football might not seem to go together, except for storage and as changing rooms, but there’s a closer relationship between the humble garden shed and football than you might think.

    Manchester man’s football haven

    Manchester City fan Colin Salt didn’t want to miss a minute of the World Cup but his partner Samantha was having none of it. So Colin decided to create his own private haven where he could watch all the games without upsetting Samantha.

    Colin built a timber shed in his garden and fitted it out with sofas and a 32-inch television, not to mention a beer fridge and bar. Now, he can watch all the games with his mates. And Samantha? She’s impressed and is looking forward the end of the World Cup, when Colin plans to convert his shed into a gym for the family.

    My Garden Shed

    There a lots of football chants but this seems to be almost universal:

    My garden shed, my garden shed.
    My garden shed is bigger than this.
    It’s got a door and a window.
    My garden shed is bigger than this.

    It’s sung to the tune of “ When the saints go marching in”

    Fans in New Zealand watch World Cup opener in shed

    New Zealand is known as a rugby nation but it is still home to thousands of football fans and they were able to watch the opening Game of the world Cup on a big screen in Shed No 6, an old shed on Wellington’s waterfront that has been transformed into an event centre. About 300 people enjoyed the game free, courtesy of organisers, the Brazilian Embassy.

    Italy prepare in sauna

    To get his team ready for the heat and humidity of Brazil, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli had a sauna shed built next to Italy’s training pitch in Florence. Players interspersed training on the pitch with periods of stationary bike riding in the sauna. Unfortunately, four-time winners Italy failed to reach the last 16 – maybe they now have a sauna for sale.

    Broadcasting ‘20s style

    Back in 1927, live radio broadcasting for sport was in its infancy. In January that year Henry Wakelam, known as Captain Teddy, made the first live radio broadcast of a football match – a game between Arsenal and Sheffield United. He made it from a small shed at Highbury. And, like some of today’s commentators, during that broadcast he forgot that the microphone was on, asking for a beer in a quiet moment.

    As a football fan, you can support your team by decorating your shed with team colours and paraphernalia. And, just because England have been knocked out of the World Cup doesn’t mean that the tournament is over. Why not get behind another team and brighten up your shed accordingly.

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  9. It's National Shed Week!

    1-8th July is National Shed Week, organised by Cuprinol as part of their Shed of the Year awards.

    The results of this years' competition, which attracted over 2,000 entries, have been pushed back as they will now be revealed during August in a three-episode Channel 4 series fronted by Amazing Spaces’ George Clarke.

    This years competition has seen sheds entered in categories including eco sheds, garden offices, pub sheds and tardis sheds.

    Last year's winner was a unique creation by Alex Holland. At 750ft above sea level the shed up a mountain in mid-Wales features a 100-year old upturned boat as its roof and is constructed entirely using recycled materials and wattle and daub.

    Boat Roofed Shed

    It's great to see some brands getting in on the act as well. Wrexham Volkswagen tweeted a photo of a garden shed decorated as a Volkswagen Camper Van.

     Volkswagen Campervan Shed

     To celebrate National Shed Week Shedstore are offering

    Be sure to take a look at our garden sheds and see what you can create.

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  10. Sheds of the World: Cinema Shed

    Do you love the cinema but get fed up with the hassle of trying to find a parking place nearby? Or do you prefer to hire DVDs but find that watching movies on your television isn’t quite the same as the big screen? If this sounds like you, then you could take a leaf out of 76-year-old Oadby man Art Zarb’s book and build your own private cinema in your garden shed.

    Art, who emigrated with his parents from Malta to England in 1946, has had a life long love of the cinema and became a projectionist when he left school in 1952. He has always wanted his own cinema and finally got the chance some 20 years ago. And his dream was to take shape in a garden shed. 
    Art had a wooden shed built on his property and set about converting the interior into a small, comfortable 1960s style 12-seat cinema. He installed a motorised 10 feet screen that can be adjusted for wide screen movies and television programmes, along with a range of projectors so that he can screen all formats from standard 8mm to 16mm right through to modern DVDs allowing him to watch virtually anything.

    “Patrons” are accommodated in a 30 feet long room with a 12 feet high ceiling. It is fitted with three rows of four cinema seats – original, of course – that were re-upholstered by Anne, Art’s wife of 52 years who he met in 1959 when he was working as the resident photographer at a local dance hall and photographed Anne and her then sea-faring boyfriend who was about to go overseas. Anne is less passionate about movies but loves sewing. Not only did she work on the seats but she also produced the padded panels for the walls that soundproof the cinema as well as the drapes and other soft furnishings that give it a warm and inviting ambience.
    Art’s project cost around £12,000 and has given him the cinema of his own that he has always wanted. With Anne bringing round ice creams during the intermission and a mini-bar in the projection room, he can give his family (three children and four grandchildren) and friends an experience to remember. And Art’s personal favourites? Shirley Temple classics are high on his list.
    If you have a garden shed, like Art you can create the space you want to fulfil even your wildest dreams. All it takes is a little imagination.

    Fancy your own cinema in your garden? Take a look at our log cabins video and see how you can use one as your own den.

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