What's in your crawl space? Well not much. But there is access to plumbing, mechanical (if you don't care about energy efficiency), and some electrical. There's also dirt, dust, spiders and possibly dead animals. Maybe there's a drain down there. It's possible to go years and years without ever having to go down there. But at some point a visit may be required.
Let's say your waste drain springs a leak. The waste drain doesn't exactly have crystal clear water in it. This will require a technician to crawl down into the space with tools and equipment to fix the problem and remove any extras that shouldn't be under your house. They likely will be up and down several times. So where is the most likely spot for the crawl access to be?
Believe it or not we often see other designers and architects place this crucial portal in the master bedroom closet.
Really? Can you see the disgust on our faces?
Not only that but apparently this practice is so ingrained in some designers (and builders even) that they will place the access here regardless of convenience. If the carpeted master closet is in the far corner of the house this means that dirty nasty crawl space detritus will be making it's way through most of the house starting with your wife's blouses.
We at Istockhouseplans believe that there is a better option. Our first choice is to place the access in a hall closet preferably where the floor is hardwood. However an even better choice would be to place the access outside of the house completely. In some parts of the country this is more common than others. Placing the crawl access on the outside of the foundation has several advantages:
- Dirty crawl space objects will never enter your house
- The repairman won't have to worry about your wife's clean white laundry
- Most important, the crawl space hatch can't leak warm air out of your house