A 1970s-inspired cocktail bar battled fierce competition from a bra boutique and fairytale castle to be crowned Shed of the Year.
Creme de Menthe, a mint green entry from social media influencer Danielle Zarb-Cousin, beat more than 300 entries to win the 2021 Cuprinol Shed of the Year top prize after a public vote.
The 29-year-old from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, has transformed an old run-down brown shed into a retro bar with orange seats and interior.
She did the renovation during the lockdown after splitting from her fiance, former Love Island star Jonny Mitchell, last year.
She said: “I had a bad time with the breakup… the construction of the shed became a goal in a time of chaos.
“Coming back with my parents for the lockdown was not ideal and I needed my own space, so (once built) it was a place I could go and write undisturbed. “
Ms Zarb-Cousin will receive £ 1,000, a plaque and £ 100 of Cuprinol products for her victory, which included first place in the pub / entertainment category.
Along with the top prize, this year’s addictions contest featured seven categories and more entries – 331 – than ever before.
Joanna van Blommestein, from Faversham in Kent, specializes in postoperative support for women, such as those with breast cancer, and won the cottage / summer house category by setting up a bra boutique in his garden.
The 33-year-old said: “A lot of people don’t really appreciate bra fitting… it can be quite overwhelming or quite intimidating.
“I just wanted to make it a lovely, relaxing and stress-free place.”
Mark Campbell, from Wingerworth in Derbyshire, landed the lockdown category by building a fairy-tale-inspired castle for his granddaughter as the UK was closed last year.
The 60-year-old said of the two-story, 12-foot pine artwork: “It’s amazing what you can do with a little enthusiasm.”
Topping the unexpected / unique category was John Williams’ pop-up pub in his back garden in Plymouth.
The Royal Navy chief engineer, 46, said of his work: “I wanted it to be unpretentious as you walk past, but to open like a pop-up book.”
A birding sanctuary won the equivalent of Olympic gold in the natural paradise category, created by holistic therapist Rosie Hoult of Shrewsbury.
“The shed has become our own little refuge… I spend most of the time there birding or reading and (my husband) David and I will spend hours chatting and relaxing,” the man said. 59 years old.
After losing her mother and her job over the past year, Southampton’s Ally Scott has produced the best workshop / studio – a space for her to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and sign maker.
“This shed changed my life… I was in a mess after my mother died, but it gave me back the buzz,” said the 48-year-old.
Artist Les Rowe, from New Brighton on the Wirral, took first place in the budget category.
The 67-year-old made a seven-sided refuge using mostly second-hand materials, including stained glass salvaged from a synagogue.
“I originally created Tranquility Base because I needed a shed, but because it’s so beautiful and unique, I don’t really want to put anything in it,” the man said. 67 years old.