A crawlspace is a space under the house that provides access to the plumbing, electrical, and heating systems of the home. The height of a crawlspace can range from just 1 foot to 4 feet. Some crawlspaces share similarities with basements, but they are generally on a dirt floor with little insulation.
It is impossible to use a crawlspace as an extra living space, as it is too small. However, many people use them for storage, mainly for outdoor equipment that will not be affected by the humidity and frequent exposure to outside temperatures.
A crawlspace conversion converts the area into a more usable space. Depending on your needs, you can convert your crawlspace into many different types of rooms. This might include a basic basement, a small home office, bedroom, home gym, workshop, or garage.
Such a project requires major remodeling, as you will need to dig out the space to make it large enough to walk through. Converting a crawlspace is becoming popular for people who can not afford to buy a new home or do not want to move.
When you look into a crawlspace conversion, you will see that it is a cost-effective alternative to physically adding on to your home. It will also add value to your home in the event you decide to sell it.
Crawlspace conversions are lengthy construction projects. They can take a month or more to complete and involve heavy equipment because the land under your home must be excavated.
That means your home will be put on jacks, or quite possibly moved if you are in a prefabricated home. New footings and foundation walls will then be constructed with concrete.
As the foundation is poured, there will also be work on drainage, landscaping, and replacing the home on the foundation. As the home nears completion, the excavators will then backfill the area.
Once the heavy work is finished, there is the inside work of moving the plumbing and heating systems to a more permanent set up. The long-term benefits of a crawlspace conversion are in the return in value and increased living space.
Crawlspace Conversion Value
When you make the decision to convert your crawlspace into a more livable area, you are making an investment. You will spend a lot of money on the conversion, but you are really investing it for the future.