A woman from Rushden is hoping her ‘Mini Manor’ will come out on top in the search for Britain’s best shed.
Made by her husband for her 50th birthday, Sonia Walker’s shed is where she goes to escape from everyday stresses.
But it’s not just any old shed, it has been filled from floor to ceiling with traditional British homewares and furniture.
And it is one of 32 sheds shortlisted for Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition.
Now in its 10th year, the competition had 2,963 entries and will see the shortlisted sheds go head-to-head this summer on Channel 4 series Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year for the coveted crown.
Sonia, who lives with husband Andrew and sons Bradley, 21, and Ben, 19, and admits that living with three men can be ‘quite demanding’ at times, said: “My husband made my shed from scratch last year for my 50th birthday.
“He made my old one too.”
As well as living with three men, Sonia also has two jobs so it’s important she has somewhere to go for some peace and quiet.
They built the shed for less than £1,000 and she said: “I had so much enjoyment upcycling and going around charity shops, internet auction sites and Facebook selling pages.
“I am a great believer in recycling and repurposing things.”
The competition’s eight categories include eco, pub and entertainment, workshop and studio, cabin and summerhouse, historic and unexpected.
The category winners will be revealed on the show over the four-week programme and the eight winners will then go head-to-head in a battle to become the overall winner.
Selected by a panel of shed experts, including competition founder Andrew Wilcox as well as George Clarke and his expert team, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol along with a plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown for their shed.
Public voting to determine the category winners opened this week.
People have until midday on June 2 to cast their vote on who they think deserves the title of Shed of the Year as well as a winner for each category.
Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “The sheds entered this year include some of the best creations I have ever seen, so the 32 in the shortlist are the nation’s finest.
“Deciding who will take our top honour as the Shed of the Year 2017 will be tough, I love them all.”
Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Cuprinol, said: “You only have to look at this shortlist to see the extensive range of uses for a shed that can be tweaked to perfectly fit the way you live your life.”
To vote for Sonia’s shed, click here