When we talk about acoustics, we’re talking about how a room reflects sound waves. Having ‘good acoustics’ means that the space is reflecting sound waves in a way that allows clear hearing. ‘Poor acoustics’ mean that sound waves are bouncing around in a way that distorts what’s heard. Then there are two types of noise interference: from within the home and from outside. Trees, bushes and the density of sound-blocking doors and triple-glazed windows are all well-known ways to help reduce exterior noise, but your home’s interior requires some clever (yet often inexpensive) design solutions.
Ideally, acoustic considerations should be part of any renovation project (especially any extensions where lots of glass is involved). There’s even sound absorbing plaster available these days that can be used on walls. But for those of us who aren’t at that stage, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to deaden sound disturbances quite simply. Here are a few of our top tips: