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  1. Shed of the Year 2015: The second episode

    Last night saw the second episode of the fantastic “Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year” and wasn’t it a great one! This week was the “Unique and Historical” category and saw some really amazing outside spaces. The winners of this week will join the Owl House and the Maid of Dekkin from last week’s episode, all in for the chance to win and take the crown for 2015’s shed of the year.

    Episode 2 contenders

    The “Unique” Category

    The first shed we saw this week from the unique category was the stunning Japanese tea house shed that overlooked the Koi pond. It really did look like you had stepped into ancient Japan. Linda and Derek were inspired to create the Japanese tea house without even being to Japan but they have done an amazing job. Inside the tea house w

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  2. Working form Home: Using your Shed or Log Cabin as a Garden Office

    Man sitting in garden office

    Home working is becoming increasingly popular, especially when many companies and public sector employers are introducing desk sharing. Shedworking is not a new idea, as several writers and artists have taken to their sheds for solace in the past – most notably George Bernard Shaw worked from his revolving shed.

    Some people are even lucky enough to have summerhouses or even log cabins, which can double up as an excellent working environment away from any distractions.

    Working from home is an increasingly viable choice as most homes have extremely fast and reliable internet access.

    The advantages are obvious, no tiresome commuting so you save on fares/tickets/petrol as well as saving you time. If you're running your own business from home, then you'll be saving on start-up cos

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  3. Can log cabins be used throughout autumn and winter?

    Man leaning against a wall If you've been watching Kevin McCloud's“Man Made Home” on Channel 4, then you probably have a mild case of log cabin obsession by now. It's a great programme which follows Kevin and chums as they build an eco-shed retreat (which is frankly more of a grand log cabin by the end) on a woodland plot in Somerset. All the wood and materials were sourced from the nearby woodland or salvaged from scrap yards. Everything else was made by hand.

    Building log cabins in the woods, from scratch, is probably a little beyond most of our abilities and resources. Luckily, there are many

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  4. Power your Shed with a Solar Power Station

    Our environmentally friendly solar panels for sheds will save you money

    Not only will using one of our solar power hubs be eco-friendly, but it is also a lot easier and cheaper way of getting electricity to your shed or garden building.

    Solar Panel Solar power stations

    We now have several solar power hub stations so that you can easily supply electricity to your garden building, without having to pay for an electrician to lay a power line. These systems have the advantage of providing bill-free electricity without impacting the environment.

    These amazing solar hubs provide lighting - in a choice of strip lights or pendants - as well as power to charge a device or run a 12v accesso

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  5. Shed of the Year 2013

    Black and white photo of a old shed and a man outside

    With two thirds of adults in the UK owning a garden shed, it was only a matter of time before there was a prize for the best! It's that time again, 1904 people have already entered their sheds into the 'Shed of the Year' competition and so could you.

    There are several categories to enter into from standard to eco as well as office, summerhouse and workshop. In addition, there are categories for unique, pub or even Tardis-style sheds.

    To enter, you simply have to fill in the entry form on the Readers Sheds page by the 3 May 2013. The first prize is £1000 and the winner will announced during Nation

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  6. Why would I want to maintain my shed? Surely they just look after themselves?

    Man with old shed

    The humble garden shed – highly functional, Tardis-like in its storage abilities, holder of all your clutter and a great retreat for Dad.

    Old shed with overgrown vines We invest a lot of money in our garden sheds and just expect them to last forever, often we neglect their basic maintenance. This is a false economy, maintaining your shed take little effort or time but could result in your shed lasting 20 years or more!

    So it makes perfect sense to keep your shed in good order.

    Getting it right from delivery of your shed

    All of our sheds and garden buildings

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  7. Shed of the Year 2015: The first episode

    Last night saw the first episode of channel 4’s “Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year”, a show that explores Britain’s greatest sheds. The show will, excuse the pun, shed light on some of the wackiest and craziest sheds that will inspire and provide ideas on how you can transform your very own shed. This week's episode showed the finalists from the Normal and Eco-Shed categories

    From the "Normal" category

    The first shed that was displayed was Roy’s “Dream City Railway” which houses a huge indoor electric train network that has taken 20 years to build. The contents inside are worth more than his actual house and it really is a marvellous construction. Roy achieved the space by adding more and more sheds as his railway system increased. He even has his own control room!

    The second shed explored was Ben’s “

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  8. Overlap or Tongue and Groove?

    Overlap cladding

    Constructed from rough sawn down boards and finished with a factory applied surface treatment, our 8mm overlap cladding offers:

    • Low maintenance
    • Practical outer shell
    • Rustic appearance
    • Overlap style offers effective water deflection

    Want to know more about overlap cladding? Check out our video below:

    Tongue and groove

    Tongue and groove sheds are manufactured from interlocking tongue and groove boards. The tight fitting nature of this construction material offers greater protection against the elements:

    • Interlocking panels create a more robust structure
    • Superior water protection
    • Stylish finish


    So there are advantages and disadvantages to both, Tongue and groove tends to be a little more expensive due to the features

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  9. Shed of the Year 2015: the finalists

    It may have begun many months ago but now, with less than a week until the public vote closes, the 2015 Shed of the Year competition is drawing to an end. Along the way, we’ve been treated to a host of weird and wonderful creations that demonstrate that the UK’s relationship with the humble garden shed is nothing if not unique.

    More than 2,500 hopefuls entered this year’s competition, all dreaming of winning 2015’s Shed of the Year title. The shed maker that ultimately comes out on top will also receive £1,000 from sponsors Cuprinol, £100 of Cuprinol products and most importantly, a giant crown for their shed.
    The initial vote has now concluded, leaving just four finalists in each of the eight categories. However the public can still have their say on the competition, as the voting for category winners is open until midday 29 May.

    Followers of the competition can vote to determine their favourites in the Eco, Normal, Pub, Wor

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  10. How to paint a shed

    With Spring here, your focus shifts from the housework to the garden. Painting and Treating your Garden Sheds is an annual thing for most shed owners. Painting your garden sheds is not a strenuous activity and it can bring the family together, but remember, wear some tatty clothes!

    Your Shed is your shed! The colours they can be are endless. You don’t have to stick to one colour, it is entirely up to you.

    Preparation - Before painting your shed, grab yourself a wet cloth and wire brush and remove any dirt, moss or muck from the shed so you have a clean surface to paint. This way you will keep the layer fresh and not miss any patches. Apply masking tape to any edges, window frames and hinges so that you do not spoil the metal. If your shed is on a timber base, we also advise that you lay down a dust sheet to stop any splodges of paint on the surface.

    Priming - Next, apply a generous amount of p

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