Homes that do not have basements or cement slab foundations usually have a crawl space to provide an access point for electrical, plumbing, ventilation and gas hook-ups within the home. A crawl space makes it possible to reach these areas when repairs, installation or other services are necessary.
Residential housing that is located in prominent flooding zones often use the crawl space as a means of providing the home with extra space should these events occur. The water will fill into the crawl space before invading the home. Special regulations and codes are required by federal organizations for building crawl spaces in these locations of the United States.
While it is not possible to include a crawl space within the living space figured for the home as you could with a basement, it is still possible to utilize a crawl space for storage of smaller items.
While you can’t convert a crawl space into a useful living area like you can with a basement, the area can still be used to store smaller outdoor items. However, it’s recommended not to use your home’s crawl space as a storage area if you have mold, moisture or pest problems in the area. It’ s also a good idea to avoid storing any chemicals or other potentially harmful items in a crawl space.