And you thought sheds were just for potting! Shed of the Year competition hots up as replica Tardis and mini pub make the shortlist

Love your shed? Not as much as these 'sheddies' who are vying to have their beloved outhouse named 2013 Shed of the Year in a hotly-anticipated finale during Shed Week (what do you mean you've never heard of it?!)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a homeowner in possession of a garden must be in want of an award-winning shed. So thank goodness the final for 2013 Shed of the Year is almost upon us.

The competition for this year’s prize has been especially fierce with shed fanatics (or ‘sheddies’ as they’re affectionately known) the length and breadth of the country hoping that their quirky garden retreats will win favour with the judges.

Now in its seventh year, the competition attracted an impressive 1,975 entries that have been whittled down by almost 14,000 public votes to just eight category winners who automatically go through to the final leg.

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The lucky finalists will now have their imaginative creations judged by industry experts including Channel 4 property guru Sarah Beeny, Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco and last year’s winner John Plumridge.

Among this year’s notable finalists is the owner of the Best Normal Shed catagory, Clare Kapma-Saunders. Her nautically-themed creation – Queen Emma Galleon – is modelled on the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior and features a top deck, rigging, skull and cross bones, hammock as well as fully-equipped captain’s quarters, of course.

Another watery-themed outhouse won the Best Unique Shed category. Alex Holland’s Boat Roofed Shed resembles an upturned boat and is perched rather majestically in the Cambrian Mountains in Wales making it an ideal spot for parties.

Garry Logan’s 3 Step Bar won the Best Pub Shed category and looks convincingly like an old boozer rather than a tiny hideout. Garry spent a small fortune on equipping his miniature watering hole with a fully-stocked bar, dartboard, last orders bell and even a fruit machine.

Meanwhile, retired guerilla artist Luke Hollingworth resubmitted his new and improved Stencil Shed complete with a cider bar after he was pipped to the post in last year’s final.

Cabin in the woods: Abigail Walker's industrial-style Cabin Habit is fully insulted and decked out with vintage and mid-century-style accessories inside  Cuprinol

The overall winner will be announced during National Shed Week on 1 July and, in addition to lifting the prestigious title, this year’s winner will also receive £1,000 from Shed of the Year sponsors, Cuprinol.

Cuprinol Marketing Manager, Kathryn Ledson says: ‘The competition celebrates the very best of British sheds and gets bigger and better every year. It’s fantastic to see the passion and creativity that goes into each and every shed entry – it’s this that makes Shed of the the Year the unique and inspiring competition it is today.’

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