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Hardwood floors, high ceiling, unhappy tenant
« on: October 01, 2005, 06:38:13 PM »
We rent out our old house in Seattle -- one tenant on the main floor with beautiful hardwood floors (he doesn't usually wear his shoes) and one tenant in the basement with high ceilings and a high need for quiet.

We lived upstairs with various tenants for 5 years and never had complaints of noise, but since we've been renting to others, noise has been a regular complaint from downstairs tenants. The main issue seems to be footsteps and other impact or reverberation through the floors, with airborne noise being a lesser issue. Our upstairs tenant has modified his behavior, but it's not enough for the downstairs tenant.

Since this is likely to continue being an issue, we need to do something. Putting carpet on the upstairs floors would probably be the easiest, though we would lose the attraction of the beautiful hardwoods. If we do this, how can we maximize the effectiveness of this solution?

Alternatively, if we are willing to lose some headroom in the basement (6-8 inches?), what solution could we do down there and about how much might it cost for 800sqf? Right now there are 8-foot+ popcorn ceilings, with a popcorn-covered airduct running on the ceiling as well.

Thank you for any advice!


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Re: Hardwood floors, high ceiling, unhappy tenant
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2005, 10:31:33 PM »
A floating ceiling, or better, a false ceiling not touching the existing ceiling, supported at the walls.  You'll need a contractor, probably.

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