The 2010 Porch Shed Design Competition

Welcome to the Porch Shed Design Competition our third so far!

June 2010 - Winners announced!

As usual we have some great prizes, the three top prize winners receive:

  • An Apple Ipod Nano
  • and

  • A copy of Alex Johnsons New Book Shedworking the Alternative Workplace Revolution

and of course

  • A featured slot on secrets-of which with in excess of 2,000 visitors per day is the place for your shed design to be seen!

The aim of this competition is to come up with some great shed designs and have fun at the same time!

This competition is run with the support of two other organisations:


LP Smartside is the leading brand of shed siding (that looks great on houses too!)


Alex Johnson of has kindly helped with the judging of this competition and the supply of a copy or two of his new book Shedworking the Alternative Workplace Revolution.

What is a Porch Shed and what is the design brief?

A porch, balcony, verandah or deck at the entrance to a shed forms the transition between the garden and the interior space. In the winter months it is a spot to get shelter from the rain while you fumble for your keys, in the summer months it becomes a glorious place to sit outside enjoying the garden or lazing in your hammock with a long cool drink.

Porch designs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so use your imagination to come up with the ultimate porch for a shed, it may be a simple classic design or a complete wrap around, it could be very clean lines or richly decorated the choice is yours.

porch shed

This sketch is my very first simple attempt.. I know you can do better!

To submit your entry just follow these three easy steps:

1. Create your Porch Shed Design shed using the design brief above.

garden office

This could be using easy to use computer software such as Sketchup which was the method used by Kenny Van Den Berghe to produce to the winner in our 2009 competition.


garden shed sanctuary

Use traditional drawing materials which was the choice made by Anna-Marie Buss the winner of the competition in 2008.

Or some other method!

2. Tell us a bit about how you reached your design decisions

In an international competiton such as this there will entries from temperate climates such as the UK as well entries in locations of extreme heat and cold.

Tell the judges in as many words as you need how the porch will benefit the shed in terms of visual appeal and functionality.

Some basic hints on shed design are here.

3. Thejudging for the prize will be in two stages:

Stage One:

Once your entry has been accepted e-mail your friends, workmates and relations and get them to comment on your entry to give support and encouragement. The number of comments will be one of many factors in the judges deliberations.

Stage Two

The competition will close for entries on 15th May 2010 giving the three judges just over 2 weeks to decide on the 3 winners. The results of their deliberations will be announced on the 3rd of June 2010 to coincide with the launch of the New Shedworking book.

The judges are:

The prizes

The three winning designs will all receive :

  • An Ipod Nano 8Gb thanks to our friends at LP Smartside.
  • A signed copy of Alex Johnsons new book Shedworking - The Alternative Workplace Revolution complete with personalised 'shed doodle' by Alex inside the front cover.

The rules of the competition are here.

The Contenders.....

Part of the judging for this competition is based on what YOU the reader have to say. Make your comments and suggestions on the designs after clicking on the links below.

More Shed Design Concepts 
These are the entries to our Porch Shed Design Competition. The purpose of the competition was to design a shed with an open-air or seating area at the …

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