A DENTON man can justifiably say he does many people’s sheds in as his was nominated for a national award.
Andrius Simanska’s work of recycling art is one of 21 from around the country nominated for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year title for 2019.
Not bad for something created from used pallets and carved into the impressive structure that stands today.
Andrius, who hails from Lithuanian capital Vilnius and has lived in Denton for eight years, is one of the three put forward in the Nature’s Heaven category, along with one in Buxton, Derbyshire, and Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Sitting on his plot at Audenshaw’s Stamford Road allotments, the 37-year-old support team leader at a rug company started collecting pallets before starting work in January and finishing in June, getting about 100 of them.
And he is delighted with his achievement, which comes with a living roof, if a little shocked.
Andrius, who first arrived in the UK in 2006, said: “The inspiration was to build my own shed on my new allotment plot for couple of reasons really.
“First off all, little building projects is my hobby and the way to relax even if it is a hard work but I like to keep myself busy or I’m starting to climb the walls at home if I have nothing to do.
“The second reason was to build something different instead of buying ready made standard 6ft x 4ft shed. There is no fun in that.
“And last but not least I wanted something to fit the surroundings on the allotment. I wanted the shed to blend in and to look like it’s been there for years.
“The living roof was something I always wanted to try and do and the allotment plot was perfect place for it.
“Building stuff and other DIY projects was always my passion so it was more like therapy than an obsession.”
For all the accolades it could be getting, you may think Andrius’ shed is the result of significant investment.
But nothing could be further from the truth, it has cost under £100 and that was for fittings!
Andrius added: “I set the main goal before starting the project to make it cheap build which will look much more expensive and recycling materials was the natural way to go about it.
“So I went around the local businesses and industrial estates, which were happy to donate few pallets and also I’ve had a lot of help sourcing materials from my fellow allotmentiers
“Also I wanted to show that recycling can look quite good and turn some heads.
“I started to collect pallets about 12 months ago and started building it in January. It took me six months of every weekend and some evenings after work to build the shed which was completed at the end of June.
“I believe it was close to 100 pallets as most of them had to be broken down to make the cladding which was the hardest part of the build.
“And I was surprised when I received the news about the nomination and being in the top three of the Nature’s Heaven category.
“There are a lot of amazing sheds in the competition and I didn’t expect to be among the final 21 sheds in the whole of the UK.
“And the shed itself came under £100, mainly for screws, nails and waterproofing material.”
As Andrius’ project took shape, compliments started flooding in before the award nomination.
It has also been somewhat of an educational experience, not least for his 10-year-old son Aron.
Andrius said: “He helped me with some of the jobs and he loved it.
“Also I want him to learn some of the skills how I learned them from my grandad when I was Aron’s age, so he can use them in the future.
“And my partner Alison is really pleased with my project as it kept me away from home so it stayed tidy!”
Andrius has at the moment plans to enjoy barbecues and a few drinks at the shed but hopes in future it can become ‘the place where all the people from our small community can make it the heart and the hub of the site. ‘
• Voting for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year ends on Thursday, August 29.
You can cast your vote online at www.readersheds.co.uk