We have a 1910 bungalow in Southern California on a traditional foundation. It has a small, irregularly shaped basement about 7 x 12 feet in its longest dimensions. It's really only large enough for the HVAC unit, water heater, and some storage space for household and emergency supplies.
There's quite a bit of dust in the basement, due to the fact that it and the stairway leading down to it are open to the crawl space under the house. We'd like to find a way of cutting down on this dust.
A contractor mentioned the idea of enclosing it in drywall, but I see a couple of downsides. First, the space is so small that I'd see conventional drywall if anything cutting down on the space even more. Second, drywall would complicate access to the crawl spaces for plumbing and electrical work, etc. It's not as though we're using the basement as a living space, so it doesn't need to look nice.
Given all of the above, are there any other alternatives for enclosing the basement, or cutting down on the dust there, that we might consider? I wonder if something like hanging sheets of some acrylic material between the basement and crawl spaces might be enough.