2016 Shed Of The Year Winner

As closely run as any Olympic event, Martyn Loach saw how the 2016 Shed Of The Year was won by the 'West Wing' Eco Shed, the perfect hideaway at the bottom of a Berkshire garden.

Created by Martyn Loach on Monday, 22nd of August, 2016.
Updated on Monday, 5th of December, 2016.


Fending off stiff competition from amongst others, a recreation of a village smithy, a rotating shed that follows the path of the sun and an Anglo-Saxon longhouse, the West Wing emerged triumphant from nearly 3000 entries for Shed Of The Year.

Featuring several distinct sections, the West Wing has a loft for sleeping, rest and recuperation, a workshop area and also a hidden games room specifically for children accessed from behind a moveable bookcase.

Awarding it the equivalent of a gold medal, the judges form Channel Four's Amazing Spaces admired the determination it took to build over eight years and remarked on its quirky, cosy characteristics.

Taking inspiration from building tree houses as a child, winner Kevin Herbert used several tons of turf and top soil to create the impressive green roof and 99% of the building materials including wood and glazing are recycled.

Although practically finished, there's still work to be done as the stairs are currently being re-aligned and there has to be a shelf erected to accommodate the winner's trophy.

As with many sheds, the West Wing is seen as another room for the house, somewhere to work and relax away from the distractions of the home.

And if you haven't the time or inclination to build your own shed, there's always a huge selection garden buildings with timber, metal and plastic sheds, and log cabins, to choose from on GardenSite.

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