We are starting conversations with local contractors on finishing the basement of our 1920s home. The basement includes a crawl space area of approx. 250 sq ft. which would make an ideal storage area were it to be full-height ceiling. We are considering excavating but don't want to do anything which may destabilize our foundation relative to moisture, etc. Several questions come to mind:
- What is the purpose of a crawl space given that the house has a full-height basement under all first floor rooms except the kitchen? There is plenty of information available on what a crawl space is and ventilation of it but the "why" is missing.
- What should we consider re digging out a crawlspace?
Some contractors have indicated that there is a full-height foundation wall surrounding the crawl space. Is there any way, short of digging, to verify this?
Any information/guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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