Heat and air conditioning. If it's just a tin storage shed, it'll be a giant pain keeping it at a suitable temperature.
So i am thinking about going and buying a 10x8x7 (LxWxH) storage building.. Before I drop $500 on it.. I was going to ask if it would be a good idea to turn it into my T room.. It is a tin building..
So I am asking should I do this? If not whats your reason why you wouldnt?
I didnt think heat would be much of a problem.. I will have electricity ran to it and I can get one of them electric heaters..
As far as cooling.. That is what had me a little stumped.. I could install a small window unit type AC.. Of course I would make sure to buy a really small one.. But I still dont know if it is going to make it to cold in there..
*Edit* Actually.. Now that I think about it I might just get a different kind.. One not made of tin.. Time to do some research! Thanks!
It would be fine if you insulate it from top to bottom. It would be silly to try to temp control it otherwise... There would be a lot of wasted energy even if you get one made out of a different material.
That depends on what it is rated. I don't know off the top of my head. If you get a storage building with exposed framing on the inside you can just use fiberglass. If you don't need too high of a rating for your area it is pretty cheap. I would recommend getting faced insulation though.
Are you talking about the stuff from the can? That would take forever. If you are talking about the pro stuff... I don't think that would be cost efficient.
Basically reiterating what Hamburglar said. I'd get a wooden shed with framing, and use fiberglass insulation. It would cost considerably more than $500 total though. It'd basically be a really tiny house. I've had some self-sufficient/hippy friends make a storage shed out of free wood (found on craigslist) and insulated it with a paste made from dirt/water/flour. I don't know how well it insulates, but it was dirt cheap and an interesting project.
I am actually going to go ahead and build one.. I figure an 8'x12' will be large enough.. Maybe a 12'x12'.. It might take me a little while to do it.. It will only be me building it.. So.. I guess I got some time to figure out the insulation.. More than likely I will go with the fiberglass insulation..
I plan to build this for my T's & reptiles.. So I am wanting to make sure I do it right.. Thanks for the advice! I will look this thread up here in a few weeks or how ever long it takes to build it.. Show some pictures of the prcess and what not..
I live in MI, and we'd have to heat it.
In Texas? Probably not so much.
Another thing to consider is stability in storms. Build it out of a good, stable material, and make sure it's grounded well.
Redneck-What I did was I went to Lowes and looked at how their shed kits are built. They are not very sturdy btw. I could easily shake the whole wall. But I got an idea of how much material is used and how it's built. It sounds like you're confident enough to do it yourself, which is good because labor is about 3/4 the cost of lumber. I built mine extra sturdy because it will hold 2+ tons of fuel pellets and my riding lawn mower, yard stuff.
I built it for around $1500 including siding, doors, ramp, shingles, and a loft I have inside. Adding insulation would be cheap. 10X better than a metal shed at 3X the cost.
I like the idea of having space for your T's and Reptiles all to yourself. A storage shed would be awesome for sure, but the problem that struck me right away is, its going to be outside??? I mean, I feel like I'm a little pressed for space in my room but worse come to worse I'll spend no more than $100.00 on some wall shelving and not have to worry about it anymore. If you want to build a shed, or buy one thats cool, I just dont see myself walking outside to look at my T's and such especially considering how often in a day I want to look at my T's. ya know? thats a whole bunch of trips outside. JMHO... I hope I'm not the only one thinking about this???
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