Welsh shed with boat for a roof wins the award

4. července 2013 v 7:51 |  solar charger
An eye-catching wooden retreat with a rowing boat for a roof has won the coveted the Shed of the Year title.

At 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountains, near Machynlleth, the shed is made entirely from recycled materials, but it's not easy to get to! The owner of the shed, Alex Holland, had to enlist the help of three local farmers to help him drag the boat, used as a roof, up the mountain to complete his dream retreat.

Crammed full of unexpected luxuries and unique features the rustic shack beat 1,900 rivals across the UK, and is the second ever Welsh winner of the prize. But oddly enough, both Welsh sheds to win the award have had English owners.

"It's one of the nicest locations for a shed ever, with panoramic views of the mountains. [Alex] sits in there with the door open drinking a large G&T and looks at the mountains and the clouds. What a perfect life."

Wilcox, who lives near Pontypridd and is nicknamed 'Uncle Wilco' in the shed world, says it's great to have a Welsh winner.

"It might be an English owner, but it's a Welsh shed, and it's good to have a Welsh shed as a winner. When I first saw the boat shed I thought it was great, and yesterday I was driving through the mountains nearly in the clouds just to get to the shed."

Interior light in the shed comes courtesy of a 20-watt solar panel which powers the LED lighting, but Alex, who played a DJ set at Glastonbury this year, has plans to source a second-hand wind turbine so that he can generate enough power to host parties.

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 today 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.

Entries included a wild flower rooftop, an industrial Nissen-style hut with a vintage interior and one with a smiley face optical illusion.
 

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