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Will one of these creations be crowned Shed of the Year?

PUBLISHED: 06:15 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:04 17 August 2018

Mr Carrie used his 17 years in the Royal Navy as research to make the shed as nautical as possible. Picture: READERSHEDS

Mr Carrie used his 17 years in the Royal Navy as research to make the shed as nautical as possible. Picture: READERSHEDS

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They resemble pubs, tents and black cabs, but one of these sheds could win £1,000 - and a giant crown.

The idea for the project started with this pub sign. Picture: READERSHEDSThe idea for the project started with this pub sign. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

With the doors open, patrons can access the pubs 'sun trapped beer garden'. Picture: READERSHEDSWith the doors open, patrons can access the pubs 'sun trapped beer garden'. Picture: READERSHEDS

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:

From tankards to taps, The Admiral's Arms is full of traditional pub trinkets. Picture: READERSHEDSFrom tankards to taps, The Admiral's Arms is full of traditional pub trinkets. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

The shed could make it to the grand final after the public vote shuts on August 28. Picture: READERSHEDSThe shed could make it to the grand final after the public vote shuts on August 28. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

The shed is full of traditional bar memorabilia. Picture: READERSHEDSThe shed is full of traditional bar memorabilia. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

Lee Carrie behind the bar at The Admiral's Head. Picture: READERSHEDSLee Carrie behind the bar at The Admiral's Head. Picture: READERSHEDS

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

The small space demanded Mr Carrie get creative with space to mount his wall hangings. Picture: READERSHEDSThe small space demanded Mr Carrie get creative with space to mount his wall hangings. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

Paul Martin with his £476 creation, 'The Yurt Locker'. Picture: READERSHEDSPaul Martin with his £476 creation, 'The Yurt Locker'. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

Picture: READERSHEDSPicture: READERSHEDS

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.

Picture: READERSHEDSPicture: READERSHEDS

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.

Picture: READERSHEDSPicture: READERSHEDS

The Taxi - Colchester - Unexpected Shed

This shed was as unexpected as it was accidental.

The frame of the yurt is made of fence panels and all the construction materials are bought from DIY stires and poundshops. Picture: READERSHEDSThe frame of the yurt is made of fence panels and all the construction materials are bought from DIY stires and poundshops. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

The homemade yurt comes fitted with a removable skylight. Picture: READERSHEDSThe homemade yurt comes fitted with a removable skylight. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

The double doors open up onto Mr Connelly's decking to make an open-plan seating area. Picture: READERSHEDSThe double doors open up onto Mr Connelly's decking to make an open-plan seating area. Picture: READERSHEDS

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.

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