Free insulation ideas for 10x10 shed, cheap decorating ideas?
I have a barn style 10'x10' shed that I thought would work for someone needing a cheap place to live. I planned to add a door to the guest bathroom from my California room (which has a separate entrance.)
I live in San Diego while the weather is mild it can get down to 42 at night in the winters at times.
If someone has ideas that would work for free materials to use for insulation as well as room set up it would really help me.
One idea I had was to get larger sheets of cardboard from Costco staple gun them between the wood and to try to find free packing peanuts to pour inside. then painting the cardboard a cream color to make it appear more spacious.
There is a built in bookshelf I thought could be turned into a closet.
Please pardon the mess in the pictures. I haven't had time yet to clear out the space.
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San Diego has had recent law changes regarding what you want to do, and those changes will benefit you. I've read through an article about that. You may want to read it, too. https://remodelworks.com/blog/granny-flat-regulations-in-san-diego/. Hopefully, the link won't be stripped out, but just in case, go to remodelworks dot com and search for "granny-flat-regulations-in-san-diego" to locate their article.
You also can consider using cardboard as you thought. You can make that cardboard both insect resistant and fire retardant using a borax solution that you spray on. You can get the details at ehow dot com. Just search for "how_5602322_fireproof-borax" for the article. I highly recommend you exercise all safety precautions when mixing and applying it.
Once the cardboard is dry, you can paint it to give it a more traditional look. Fabric is expensive.
With that said, you also need to make sure you meet regulations for remodeling a storage shed. A permit may not be necessary, but if you go to the building department and tell them what you want to do, they will explain to you what any regulations require.
Don't be dissuaded by negative comments. There always is a way; you just need to do your research and be persistent.
I wish you great luck. There are many people who need an affordable place to live, and you could help them as well as yourself. I applaud you for thinking out of the box, and also encourage you to be certain you are providing a safe place for someone to live while also protecting yourself.
There is so much potential when it comes to sheds and what they can be used for these days.