How to dig out a crawl space?
I have a crawl space under 100% of a small home (800 sq ft). Furnace and water heater are in crawl space. To maneuver around more easily in crawl space, I have dug out trails, 2’ deep and 3’ wide to mechanics and bins that hold seasonal decorations, clothes, and other miscellaneous bins. All trails are 2-3’ away from foundation. Floor is all sand and If I can, I will haul 3-4 buckets of sand weekly. My plan is to dig out 2 room size areas, 8 x 10, to hold all bins and have easier access to mechanics. I think I can do this by inserting 4x8 treated sheets of wood down lower into sand, 2’ away from foundation, and nail wood sheets into studs and affix studs to rafters. This is to make sure I don’t disrupt/shift foundation. I am going to be 70 in a month and cannot handle concrete blocks. Crazy huh? My kids call it my Shawshank project. Any suggestions-except discouraging ones-will be greatly appreciated.