If you’re considering a home remodel, chances are you’re thinking of all the benefits that will come with new floors and updated lighting. However, it’s always important to consider the downsides to any remodel as well. In today’s blog, we talk about some common home improvement projects that can actually make your home noisier. Learn more, below.
Home Improvements That Can Make Your York Home Noisier
Removing popcorn ceilings
While many homeowners consider popcorn ceilings an outdated eyesore, they actually have the benefit of absorbing sound. The material was originally designed to help insulate rooms from noise. That means that though your new smooth ceilings may be more aesthetically pleasing, your new basement could sound like an echo chamber.
Adding a pocket door
Pocket doors are becoming more and more popular as a way to preserve precious square footage. Unfortunately, their installation requirements create a cavity inside your walls which cannot be insulated, adding the possibility of noisiness and echos. While pocket doors can still be a great choice for tiny bathrooms, you may want to think twice before installing one in your home office.
Using drywall as your main building material
If you’re on a budget, chances are you’ll end up building at least partially with drywall. It is an inexpensive material that is easy to install, making it a very cost-effective option. Unfortunately, it does very little to absorb sound. This effect can be reduced by insulating your walls with fiberglass insulation.
Choosing an open concept layout
In today’s design world, open concept is the new hot trend. Most homeowners undergoing remodels are looking for ways to open up their space to make them feel larger, airier, and less cramped. While this can greatly enhance the beauty and liveability of your space, it can also make it much more noisy. The lack of walls reduces the opportunity for sound absorption, leaving you with a beautifully open but unfortunately loud living space.
Installing tile, laminate, or wood floors
While these flooring materials offer many benefits, nothing absorbs sound as well as carpeting. If you are concerned with having a loud home, the click of heels on tile or wood floors may drive you crazy. For cutting down on noise, carpet is always your best bet.
For Your Next York Kitchen Remodel
Contact C.C. Dietz! If you’re ready to remodel, we’re here to help. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.