05:48PM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 04/19/04
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Can anyone provide me with an estimate of what it would cost to do a crawl space conversion? The room size is approximately 12'x20' perfect for a workshop. (By the way this train of thought started because I'm getting tired of climbing up into the 3x3 crawl space opening to store stuff and figured cutting out the opening and installing a full sized door with a ramp or steps into the crawl space would be ingenious.) One idea leads to another. Mess is not an issue and I would prefer it be cleaned out from the inside basement wall opening.


03:15PM | 04/24/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Could you be specific?

How high is your current crawlspace?

Where are you located?

What is the soil condition?

Depth below soil of current footers?

Dirt or other floor?


So forth....


07:08PM | 06/03/04
Member Since: 04/19/04
2 lifetime posts
Currently the crawl space has about a 4-1/2 foot distance between the gravel on top of 6 mil plastic and the floor joists for the room above. The bottom of the current footer is approx. 2 feet below the the gravel. Located in Maryland. Soil is clay however in the 2 spots I dug to find out where the footer was the soil was extremely loose and I could put my hand easily under the footer. Digging under existing footing 4 ft. at a time and pouring new footer was one suggestion I've heard done with older homes (this home is only 12 yrs old). I've seen where they inset walls but you lose space. If its economical/inspector approved - I could even live with a finished 6 1/2 foot storage room with a cement floor and lighting if this doesn't require anything more than removing the dirt and laying down a slab at base of the footer.
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