Author Topic: Open air loft  (Read 2982 times)

jacobadamhill

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Open air loft
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:21:34 AM »
Hello there!

I have recently rented a lovely condo in Arlington, VA. I am superbly happy with it with the exception of some noise issues which I am hoping you can help me with!

These condos were originally constructed as houses in the 1940s. However, after much debate, they were converted into condos in the 70s. Perhaps due to this, the insulation between units (floor to ceiling) is extremely thin to the point that I can hear my downstairs neighbor speaking on his telephone and decipher the conversation. I can't even imagine what its like to hear me walking around though he has stated it is no problem. I often stay up all night long and this has caused me to seek refuge in the loft, picture attached, which overlooks the living room. However, I am still concerned that even simple VOIP conversations or playing light music will penetrate the paper thin floors. Is there any solution I can employ that can help isolate the loft from the living room? I am definitely not expecting to be able to contain the sound of a chainsaw or anything, but simply diminish a normal male speaking voice enough to where it will not penetrate the floor of the living room (9 feet below).

Thanks for your time!

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Re: Open air loft
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 07:47:53 PM »
First off always remember that sound will act like water and always go to the area of least resistance, so in a loft situation (pic not attached on your post) you have to close it off like a room. So if there is a pony wall it would need to be built up to the ceiling and a solid core door needs to be installed.

Is your living room carpet and padding or wood flooring?
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jacobadamhill

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Re: Open air loft
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 04:16:50 AM »

So sorry for that.



That is the loft taken from the living room. The living room floors are hardwood, not padded/carpeted. I would carpet the damn walls if I could, but my girlfriend is attracted to the dark hardwood and would prefer to keep it. She is willing to give on it if necessary, but I'm doing my due diligence and investigating other solutions.

Since it is a rental, I'd prefer a temporary solution (room dividers or maybe thick curtains?) that would work to at least dampen some sound, though I am open to more permanent solutions if there is no alternative.

Thanks for your time and sorry about the attached image!

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Re: Open air loft
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 11:45:07 PM »
curtains will only give you a 10%-15% reduction at best due to the fact it is not an air tight sealed system.
if that amount of reduction is adequate than ok, if not we need to look into a more aggressive approach  which would be either walls in the loft or an underlayment barrier composite beneath carpet and padding.
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