Remove floor joists and crawl space
We bought an older home, and realized the floor joists were not in that great of shape when we pulled up the wood floors that were not in that great of shape (in living room and one bedroom). There is a crawl space, but nothing runs in there anymore. We've thought about just removing the floor joists, bringing in dirt, and putting down a concrete floor. What would be the pros and cons to doing this? We would be eliminating the crawl space in these rooms.
#1 you might want to add something back there
#2 it's going to take a lot more dirt than you think
#3 concrete is going to be difficult, expensive, and messy. You will likely have to pump it in.
#4 you will have to build a retaining wall complete with code compliant footers to keep the dirt under the concrete from spilling out
#5 your house is using the floor joists and removing them could be catastophic
JCalvin, thanks for the good points. I think we will probably just fix up the joists, and add floors on them. I am assuming we can sister to most of the joints to even them out and make them safe for our floors.
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