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insulation [Aug. 24th, 2009|03:57 pm]


Within the next three weeks I'll be moving into an old shed/workshop with my boyfriend. It needs a good bit of work to make living in it comfortable: insulation, the addition of a second story so that my boyfriend and I have a little more space and won't drive each other crazy (we're planning on basically building it like a loft bed and building extra beds and bookcases below the loft but connected to the frame so that it's more stable), putting a roof over the deck so we can hang out there even when it's raining and installing a woodburning stove. Oh, and installing a door.

The part I need some advice on is insulating the shed. Conventional insulation methods are ugly and would likely require a lot of extra construction to cover it up. Any ideas on how we could insulate it cheaply and quickly? The shed's in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina so extreme cold is not a concern. Also the shed is built onto a two foot-tall deck.

[User Picture]From: center
2009-08-25 03:47 am (UTC)
Adding a second story sounds like a serious addition! Are you at all concerned with local building code, and/or inspectors?

I might suggest looking at/joining the microliving and off_grid communities.
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[User Picture]From: ellesieg
2009-08-25 05:25 am (UTC)
Well, it won't be much of a second story--more like a large bunk bed with a built-in bookcase than anything. I've built something only slightly smaller than that before. I have big ambitions but it is still a small shed.

Hmm, I'm not too worried about the code at this point. I still need to measure the shed. It is something I'll consider once I'm getting ready to move in, along with the viability and legality of the improvements I have in mind.

Thank you for the community recommendations! I knew there had to be more active communities of this sort out there. Your comment has accomplished what half an hour of searching for communities with interests like "sheds," "shed" and "living in sheds" did not.
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