Crawl Space Issues and Solutions
Here's how to keep your crawl space in tip-top shape.
A crawl space is an area of limited height underneath the floor of your house. It typically allows just enough room for someone to crawl underneath, hence the origin of its namesake.
Office Desk On Display
Since Ruth's late husband was attached to his hardy 1950s oak desk, she was adamant about keeping it in the space after the remodel. To give it a modern update, she had it sanded, primed and then sprayed with high-gloss charcoal lacquer. In order to keep the area well-lit, a junction box was added and a custom drum pendant was hung with the bottom 38 inches above the desktop.
In its new state, Julie and Tom's basement is much lighter and more energetic. They integrated color through the paint and wallpaper choices, selecting a shade of dove gray called First Snowfall from Benjamin Moore for the walls. By using the back of the sofa as a room divider, they created another area for seating for four around a table.
Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.
To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.
Determined to save costs and stick with a short timeline of three weeks, Michelle decided to keep the built-ins that were previously used as game room storage. By placing her writing desk in front of the wall, she can look out into the backyard while working. "I didn't want to sit at my desk all day and stare at the wall. It was important to be able to look outside from my chair," the designer explains. "Floating the desk in front of the storage wall was the perfect solution."
To take full advantage of an 8-foot wall to the left of her design studio's entrance, Michelle designed a custom banquette where she can read design books. In keeping with her signature glamorous style, she chose a glossy, glazed linen for the upholstery with super shiny chrome nail head detail.
Excess water often invades crawl spaces, which can lead to mold and other issues. If moisture is a problem, it is important to identify the source of water. If the moisture is the result of poor circulation, consider installing a plastic vapor barrier on the floor. This will help keep the space dry. If water is coming through the foundation, you'll need to repair the foundation, something that requires professional help. Once any cracks are fixed, consider installing a French drain around the perimeter of the house to direct water away from the foundation.
It is important to consistently maintain a crawl space. If the process of checking under your home every few months becomes arduous, then you may want to consult a professional who will provide routine maintenance.
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