When building and designing a house, a sound may be the last thing you want in mind. Usually, the sound comes from a problem or even causes a problem. Maybe the sound of music in the teenage bedroom or the sound of the passing train makes it hard to sleep. Maybe the neighbours in the next apartment complained that he could hear your TV through the wall.
The incidence of sound makes most people confused. Especially if contractors and developers are less priority to consult to ensure home and apartment sounds fun. Luckily, for ordinary individuals, a simple understanding of the sound issue can be easily overcome.
Understand the sound at home
The sound in a room has four main connections to the surface of the room. Sound can be muted, transmitted, reflected, or distributed. Dampening materials include thick curtains or carpets. While sound transmission means that sound enters another space by passing through the surface.
The sounding room needs to balance between damping, reflection, and expulsion. The goal is to make the room fun and reduce the transmission to other rooms. Too much damping can make the room sound dull and lifeless. Too many reflections can make small rooms feel noisy and unpleasant. Too much diffusion can make it difficult for you to localize where the sound comes from.
A good-sounding house is not the same as a good-sounding concert hall. A good-sounding house is a house with sonic profiles that meet the needs of its inhabitants. To minimize sound, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when choosing or remodeling your home.
Location and construction
Even if the house is located on a noisy street or next to a highway, you can find solitude in it. The first way is to reduce the window. Although when closed, windows can deliver sound from outside.
A large room with two-storey windows might not be a good idea if the neighbourhood around your house is noisy. But thick curtains can help keep the sound out. External materials also play a large role in noise mitigation, such as brick or stone, even veneer.
Also, you can shape the landscape to help hold the sound. A row of trees with thick foliage becomes an effective sound barrier.
Some noise problems at home can be easily overcome by considering different types of materials, such as doors, windows, and floors. French-style glass or doors may allow plenty of light to enter, but they can not keep the sound out. Wooden sliding doors are even worse because they do not stick tightly to the surrounding walls.
As for the floor, wood and floor tiles may be luxurious but can deliver better sound and make the toilets more noisy in the presence of strong sound reflections. The wooden floor can create a creaking sound when it is long. Consider using carpets on hardwood floors.
The need for a young couple’s muffling is much different from a family with four members and a small child. Every parent knows how important it is to keep track of the noise to protect children. Thus, having a master bedroom on the floor separated from other bedrooms can make monitoring of children difficult.
Keep in mind, babies and small children can wake up because of the noise on the street or the swift water in the bathroom. However, this can be easily avoided by moving them to a room further away from the noise source. For example, closer to the backyard or away from the bathroom.
Make sure the sound system in the teenage room is not against the wall adjacent to the younger children’s room. Outside the children, consider a room like a home office. An office house facing the street or located next to the television room can make the work difficult to finish. Consider switching the noisy office to the quieter but less used guest bedroom.
Television and stereo are often the most annoying sources of noise. A wall-mounted TV between two bedrooms is much more audible in another room than if it were free to stand on its own. Wall-mounted television may look good and save space, but the sound source on the wall allows the sound to be transmitted and reinforced through the wall.
One of the most difficult situations today is the open concept. The open concept is convenient to move quickly between rooms, but it can be a nightmare for people who are sensitive to sound. The common open concept involves a living room, dining room and an interconnected kitchen. If the dining room and living room are only used for entertainment, this can muffle the sound for other homes.
However, if television is in the living room, the sound can overlap when cooking in the kitchen is underway. However, this does not mean that the open plan is a dead end to create a noisy space. Adding a wide carpet to a hardwood floor can reduce the number of voices in the room due to less lethal happening.
Thick curtains will absorb the sound from outside and inside. If the noise is too much, consider adding a partition or installing a door between spaces previously left open.