Will one of these creations be crowned Shed of the Year?
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They resemble pubs, tents and black cabs, but one of these sheds could win £1,000 - and a giant crown.
Three of East Anglia’s finest sheds are in the running to win the title of Cuprinol Shed of the Year after beating almost 3000 others from across the country.
Garden huts from Colchester, Great Bealings and Chelmsford are in with a chance of scooping the £1,000 prize - and a shed-sized crown to let all their neighbours know their outbuilding is the most ornate.
Thousands of sheds have been whittled down to just 24, and feature everything from a floating shed pulled from Liverpool to Leeds to an authentic Irish pub, a Shed & Breakfast to an inner city garden haven, a playhouse and even a festival inspired yurt.
Take a look at the three entries from our region below:
The Admiral’s Head - Chelmsford - Pub/Entertainment shed
This incredible conversion was inspired by just one piece of the final building - the ‘Admiral’s Head’ pub sign.
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Drawing on his 17 years of experience in the Royal Navy, the owner, Lee Carrie, used all his know-how and ingenuity to turn the shed from a 4m x 3m log cabin into a fully functioning pub.
The result is a beautifully historic shed brimming with vintage naval pub memorabilia.
Beers can be ordered by the bottle from the fridge or on tap from behind the bar.
Fully wired, the pub also has neon signs and a Sky Sports subscription for match days.
And for the final nautical themed flourish, the internal walls and bar have been waterproofed with boat varnish.
The Yurt Locker - Great Bealings - Budget shed
This entry from Suffolk has the punniest name in the competition.
Paul Martin, the creator, was at a festival in ten years ago which was hit by a hurricane, and to his surprise only the high-end ‘glamping’ yurts survived.
Inspired, Mr Martin looked to buy one, but the £4,000 price tags were too much to justify having a great shed.
With a more realistic £400 budget, no time limit and his own two hands, Mr Martin set about making a less traditional yurt.
After nine years, four trial versions and a £76 overspend, ‘The Yurt Locker’ appeared.
Before it was furnished the intention had been to use it as a traditional garden shed and potential DIY workshop for future creations.
Mr Martin claims it has since been hijacked by his family as a glamping venue, but more impressively as a trampoline gymnasium.
The hole in the centre - or ‘removable sky port’ - allows the required space for his children to bounce indoors.
The Taxi - Colchester - Unexpected Shed
This shed was as unexpected as it was accidental.
For many months Lee Connelly had attempted to repair a vintage car, an old London black cab.
However, after a string of problems, the project came to an end.
To stop all that hard work being in vain, Mr Connelly then decided to transform the car into a creative shed.
Knocking out the back of his garage in order to drive the car into the garden, The Taxi now acts as a bedroom and creative space.
You can vote for your favourite shed in each category until August 28, with the winners going on to the grand final and judgement under the gaze of a panel of shed experts.
Judges include ‘Head Sheddie’ and founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, Cuprinol’s Creative Director Marianne Shillingford and Ben Swanborough, winner of Shed of the Year 2017.