How can I make a reading nook out of an attic crawlspace?

In my house, we don't have an attic, but we do have a relatively small crawlspace. We can access it through a ceiling hatch in my closet. The hatch is about 2 feet by 2 feet. You need a ladder to get up there. My dad sometimes goes up there to stop leaks and such, but he has to be careful, because the crossbeams are the only places that support his weight [but they're not designed to support humans]. In the spaces between them are sheetrock, and if he stepped there, it would break through the ceiling. I'm not allowed up there because of that. Plus, the air up there is very dusty, and we wouldn't be able to cover all the insulation up there, so my dad needs to wear a dust mask. However, I want to make some sort of reading nook. Is there any way to put panels over the sheetrock to support a human's weight, or install some sort of air filter that eliminates the need for a dust mask? Also, what would be an easy and safe way to get in and out of there that doesn't take up a lot of space?

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You seem very creative, maybe get an old bench and spruce it up and put it beside a large window. It works really well and it really gets the creative juices flowing. You could also write or draw there. Oh add some pillows also
on December 30, 2015
That space has a purpose. Like you said some times things have to be fixed up there and it is more utilitary then it seems. I don't think it would be fezable to make a reading nook out of that space, but you could always talk to your parents about it.
on December 27, 2015