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What should I do with this crawl space? (See photos)

diamond67 | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

We have a 1830 farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains of New York. It’s a cute old house and obviously has history, but it’s not “historic” or precious in any way. We use it as a weekend home. It doesn’t need to be perfect and we also don’t want to spend too much on it.

There is a portion of the house (almost half of it) built with a very low, rock-filled crawl space. I’m attaching some pictures so you can see what I’m working with. The bedrooms above have cold floors and a bit of a moisture problem, so I would like to do something to insulate and crate a vapor barrier if possible. Cutting down on infiltration and saving some energy would be nice too.

Any suggestions on what I should (or even can) do? Is there a miracle foam that I can fill the whole space with that insulates, creates an air barrier, is insect proof, doesn’t require fire protection, has low GHG emissions, makes my teeth whiter and breath fresher? Or am I asking too much and should just leave it as is for the next 190 years?

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  1. user-6623302 | | #1

    What is the access to the crawl space? Is it through a access hole or does it communicate completely with the full basement. How is the basement floor constructed. I recently opened up my crawl space area to the the full basement, concrete floor. Seem to be warmer and dryer. I think you get better air movement.

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    Brian Pontolilo | | #2

    Hi Christopher.

    Unless those photos are deceiving, it seems like you may need to take up the floor to get any work done in that space. What are the crawlspace walls?

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