Your house or condo may not have a basement and as such, you may feel as if you do not have enough space. As a result, you want to ensure that the condo space you do have available is utilized in the best way possible and that you utilize the crawl space as well. There are many things that one can do with their condo space as well as taking advantage of a crawl space. In fact, you can use a crawl space for a number of reasons. All you need to do is to renovate the space so that it can be used for the purposes in which you intend.
Crawl space encapsulation
Before you can decide on what to do with the crawl space, you need to encapsulate it so that it can be usable and free of contamination and pests. Crawl space encapsulation has a number of advantages. One of these advantages is that once you have encapsulated the space, it will have no humidity and there will be no pests or rodents that visit the place.
So what are some of the things that you can do to renovate and use the crawl space for the best interest of the family or for yourself? We shall now discuss how one can renovate the crawl space and use it.
For more storage space
It is possible to turn the crawl space into space for your storage needs. You should remove dirt though the outside, meaning that you should build a ramp to access the place. Create some drainage of sorts so that the place is not damp. You will also need adequate ventilation and as such, a window or space to allow air circulation is needed. Create some new footer since those already available are not as deep.
Renovate it for an extra bedroom
To make the scrawl space a bedroom, you will need to completely finish the room so that it can serve the purpose of being a bedroom. You can now excavate the room to a depth of 10 feet. The fact that this space is to be used as a recreation and sleeping area, you should ensure that it has sufficient ventilation. You should also run wiring to the place so that you can have it lit and also be able to use electronics and other items that require power. Insulation between studs should be a priority here to ensure that there is good moisture control.
Make it a family room
This is another reason you may want to renovate your crawl space. This can be a suitable space for your family to play video games and probably even watch television. One of the best ways to renovate this place is to smooth the walls, have them painted and soundproof the ceiling so that sound will not penetrate the upstairs. The same room can serve as your home theater of you ever dreamt of such. All you have to do is plan it from scratch and ensure that the room is set in an acoustic manner. The fact that crawl spaces are underground means that you can maximize on sound and even lighting effects to give it the ambiance of your choice.