If you thought garden sheds were for storing the lawn mower and patio furniture, you’d clearly not banked on the Shed of the Year Awards. Entries are flooding in for Shed of the Year 2011, which you can view at readersheds.co.uk. With remarkable variety, reflecting the inherent eccentricity of the British people and underscoring the garden shed’s coveted place in UK suburban life, sheds come in all shapes, entries and functions depending on the needs and creativity of their owners.
Converted sheds range from garden offices and eco sheds to tardis sheds and even back garden pubs. With a shedload of pubs closing their doors all across Britain, it’s refreshing to see suburban ale afficionados fighting back with their own hoppy monuments to this collapsing cultural icon – and adding a welcome addition to Britain’s emerging micropub movement.
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While 2011 entrants will find it tough to top the Shed of the Year 2010 winner – a pirate’s cabin built to look like the poop deck of a pirate ship, complete with fully stocked koi carp pond and aviary – this American-style diner (Pop’s Diner) looks like a strong contender. You can see recently added sheds, browse by category, or even submit your own creative conversion here. For more information about sheds in general, don’t miss the definitive blog dedicated exclusively to the garden shed.