Ideas for my crawl space development?

Old 04-12-02, 10:00 PM
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Ideas for my crawl space development?

Hi Guys,

I've got a single story ranch home and it doesn't really have a basement, but rather a 4 foot high crawl space. You take a ladder to get down into it from one of my bedrooms, and if you crouch down you can walk around down there. The floor is a thick black plastic tarp, and the top is all joists underneath my floor. There's a light switch and therefore a couple of lights that come on to illuminate the area when you're down there, but that's about it. The total size is about 50 feet X 70 feet, so it's a pretty good size, but I can't think of anything cool to do with it.

A friend suggested I could go ahead and finish it, but that would be a little ridiculous to be walking around on your hands and knees down there. hehe Besides, there's no real floor -- just that plastic tarp which I think is over some dirt or something.

Any ideas from the peanut gallery on how I would address the floor issue if I wanted to go ahead and finish it?
Old 04-13-02, 05:19 PM
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"Flooring" a crawlspace does not make sense.
It would be too expensive, and virtually useless to boot.
A crawlspace is good for maintaining underneath-the-house plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc. There is no need for a floor.
Be glad you have a high crawlspace with lights.
Good luck!
Old 04-17-02, 03:09 PM
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You're right, but now a friend has got my interested perked about building a wine cellar down there. I've got a LOT of space to work with, so I'm thinking about putting some racks down there, and then installing a small air condition that will keep the temperature constant.

I think that would be a truly inventive and interesting use of a piece of space that is completely ridiculous to have and not use =)

By the way, all of my wiring, etc, goes up into the attic and drops down, so there's no practical reason for me to be down there working on anything really -- unless I want to run my own wires for some things in the future and get down there.

Any ideas on making it a wine cellar? Has anybody attempted or done this before?


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