engineering careers  Mushroom House is the best shed of 2017
engineering careers  Mushroom House is the best shed of 2017

Congratulations to Ben Swanborough who’s Mushroom House has nabbed the coveted ‘Shed of the Year’ award.

The Mushroom House (aka The Mushroom Shed), designed Ben, was declared the winner of the 2017 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition.

This quirky cabin showcased an amazing level of craftsmanship and a beautiful attention to detail (stained-glass windows, a trapdoor, and a small glazed floor section).

The shed project came to be when Ben’s 12-year-old daughter gave him £500 and asked him to use the money to make a mushroom-shaped shed.

The project beat out strong competition and was revealed by George Clarke on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’. Ben nabbed the title alongside one-thousand-pounds, a hundred pounds worth of Cuprinol products, a winner’s plaque and a giant crown for his shed.

Ben has proved that you just need a little motivation and vision to create a truly stunning space at the bottom of your garden. His shed was definitely a worthy winner for the competition’s landmark year.Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol

Ben explained that “when we started the project we never could have dreamed we’d be here now … We’ve already made so many lovely memories in our shed and now have so much more from the competition. There were so many innovative and amazing sheds in the running, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have been crowned Shed of the Year 2017.”

The shed is made from two parts: a ground floor “stem” and an upper floor “cap.” It includes a small vintage desk area and seating, with steps and a trapdoor leading upstairs.
The floor features a glass section to enable visitors to look down at the river below and the spacious upper floor are furnished with some vintage ornaments.


The Mushroom House is located in a back garden in Surrey, England.