Paul Slim from Stourbridge competed in this years Shed of the Year competition in the ‘Unique’ category.
He explained he has been a ?sheddie? since 2009 and he needed a purpose built building to exact dimensions and his existing building didn’t quite fit the job.
Why a cinema shed I hear you ask? Well, his living room used to be a cinema room set up with a projector and surround sound but, when his girlfriend moved in she wanted the cinema room to revert back to the living room it once was.
But as she is also a film lover she still wanted a cinema room, therefore, Paul spent the summer kitting out their garden shed into the new cinema room with a 119-inch television, surround sound system, six sofas (enough for 20+ people to sit in), a couple of games consoles, hot and cold drinks, movie memorabilia pick & mix and snacks.
He has called his cinema ?Reelwood? and it will competing against the other unique sheds in Shed of the Year 2014. Paul says he has over 3000 DVD?s and blu-rays as well as streaming from Netflix and Amazon- the shed is kitted out with sky for sports and movies too.
Since the mid 90?s Paul has hosted movie nights with his friends were they watch movies and order food. This has now become a weekly event in ?Reelwood.? Paul?s mum also has movie nights with her friends and his girlfriend has her girl?s nights where they gossip, and drink wine (sounds like my kind of night!)
?When I worked for Best Buy, I even had staff meetings in the shed with
surround sound training.?
Paul explains that it didn?t take as long as you would expect to design it, but the hardest part was finding a company that would build it! They all wanted to use expensive materials or put windows everywhere. It needed to be completely blacked out for the projector. In the end Paul chose a local company called ?Garden Pleasure? to build the shed- they started in April and finished by July, they built the whole exterior whilst Paul fitted the speakers and did the wiring, the company then returned to put the internal walls in.
?They couldn?t quite believe it was one of their sheds, they kept coming back to visit!?
Entering Shed of the Year was actually a coincidence for Paul, he was searching for Cuprinol online and it lead him to www.readersheds.co.uk and he noticed Cuprinol were sponsoring the competition and entered.
?Thank you to the public for voting for me!?
He has more plans in the future for ?Reelwood? he wants to get into D-box sets that move with action, higher quality projectors and Dolby Atmos sound systems so you can have speakers in the ceiling!
?Coming soon to Reelwood!?
What an interesting man and we wish him the best of the luck in the future and the competition, his shed certainly is unique and not your usual garden shed full of tools and bikes!