Good Questions: How To Convert a Balcony Into An Enclosed Space?

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Dear AT: I would like to turn a covered balcony into a more enclosed space, that would be capable of some temperature control with a space heater. I live on the second floor of a 3 floor apartment complex, there is a ceiling above the balcony (from which I could hang materials to create a "room"), with a banister about 2.5 feet off the ground.

What kind of materials would I need to hang here? Are there insulated materials that can easily be hung (perhaps in layers) to accomplish this goal? Has anyone else had success in doing something like this?

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