Most acoustical problems in residences
can be solved with special
construction: absorptive or sounddeadening
materials, sealing, weatherstripping,
resilient channels, or additional
mass. But good planning can complement
these technical solutions.
Generally, there are four types of
acoustical planning problems in
• Separating quiet areas from sources
• Separating competing noisy areas.
• Masking sounds made in private
• Making conversation easier to hear.
and Noisy Areas
Many people follow good planning
rules for protecting quiet spaces. For
example, most designers know not to
put living areas over bedrooms, especially
in multi-unit buildings. The
better plans are neatly divided into
quiet and noisy zones.
If a noisy space and a quiet one
must be close together, try to insert