Alex sails off with shed prize
A rustic wooden retreat with a rowing boat for a roof has sailed off with the Shed of the Year title.
Sited 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountains, near Machynlleth, mid Wales, the shed is made entirely from recycled materials.
Crammed full of unexpected luxuries and unique features, the rustic shack beat 1,900 rivals across the UK.
Interior light comes courtesy of a 20-watt solar panel which powers the LED lighting. Other luxuries include a wood burner, 12v sound system, a gas cooker and even a fridge to chill drinks.
Jubilant sheddie Alex Holland, from Machynlleth, spoke of his delight at winning the annual competition sponsored by Cuprinol.
He already has plans to boost the electricity powering his shed by buying a wind turbine with his £1,000 prize money.
"I am absolutely delighted to have won the 2013 Shed of the Year competition," he said. "The standard and creativity shown by the other entrants has been incredible so I am genuinely surprised to have reached the top spot.
"With the £1,000 prize from the sponsors Cuprinol I intend to buy a second hand 400w 12v wind turbine to augment the solar panel to give me enough electricity to make ice in the fridge for gin and tonics, and to ensure the cider and beers are always chilled. I'll then be able to have a proper party to celebrate with those who have supported me in getting so far."
The winner was picked by a panel of high-profile judges which included Channel 4 property presenter Sarah Beeny, British designer, writer and television presenter Kevin McCloud, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco and last year's winner John Plumridge.
The boat-roofed shed won the unique shed category during the finalist leg of the competition. The annual award includes seven other categories: eco, garden office, cabin/summerhouse, workshop/studio, pub, Tardis and normal.