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Sound proofing and acoustic enhancements

Good sound proofing is so important, regardless of your building's use or location. Current building standards are very stringent ensuring such factors as good thermal insulation and ventilation. Sound proofing, however, is poorly addressed in many contemporary new builds. Our garden studios are different. They are inherently sound insulated thanks to their layered structure (see below) but in addition, we provide expertise in enhanced sound insulation and acoustic performance, offering a comprehensive range of solutions to suit every requirement and budget.

SIPs buildings are a great starting point

Thanks to the structural make-up of our buildings they perform extremely well in terms of sound absorption and sound proofing. The layered structure and differing densities of each SIP panel, (which form the walls ceilings and floors), block out a wide a spectrum of noise. Internally we add plasterboard and externally we install a breathable water proof membrane, timber battens and either kiln dried (fibrous) timber cladding or a polymer render. All these components enhance sound insulation.

Bespoke solution

Whether you are installing a music room for your children's drum set, a home office or family cinema room, sound proofing is going to be important to you and possibly your neighbours! Similarly you may live near a very busy noisy road or railway or be installing a specialised building such as a recording studio. Whatever your scenario, acoustic enhancement may well be desirable if not crucial. Acoustic solutions are complex and endless, so we have created four packages scaling from basic sound proofing enhancements to high tech acoustic performance. If needed, we will cherry pick across all four packages to tailor your building to your exact requirement. 

The packages are as follows:

Bronze Package

Silver Package

Gold Package

Platinum Package

  • Furnishing the room will improve acoustic performance.
  • Electrical sockets, switches and lighting should be surface mounted for best performance.
  • Windows are the weakest point - particularly opening ones, and heavy acoustic curtains maybe we'll be required to cover all apertures. Note: We advise using our unique porch system to give best performance and maximum light and flexibility.
  • Irregular shapes perform better.
  • Post acoustic enhancement may be required to meet particular acoustic requirements.

Thanks to the structural make-up of our buildings they perform extremely well in terms of sound absorption and sound proofing. The layered structure and differing densities of each SIP panel, (which form the walls ceilings and floors), block out a wide a spectrum of noise. Internally we add plasterboard and externally we install a breathable water proof membrane, timber battens and either kiln dried (fibrous) timber cladding or cement particle board sometimes finished with a polymer render or other bespoke claddings. All these components enhance sound insulation.

Points to note: 

For all acoustic upgrades, switches and sockets will be surface mounted unless specified otherwise. Strip lighting (surface mounted) perform better than recessed down-lights.

The windows are acoustically always the weakest point of any building. To maximise acoustic performance we recommend minimising window/aperture area. 

Low frequency noise is always the worst offender acoustically in terms of noise transmission, and acoustic enhancement may only have limited effectiveness with equipment such as drums.

Note: For best acoustic performance, an internal or external porch entry system (including an internal acoustic door), will need to be incorporated.

If performance is not deemed satisfactory, it may be necessary to add post build enhancement such as heavy serge curtains over some, or all window apertures.

A sloping internal ceiling may enhance acoustic performance, as a true square box is deemed to be weak acoustically. The square box scenario can be improved by the use of furnishing, and also the use of commonly available post build acoustic items such as: tegular tiles, acoustic corner traps, wedges, cubes and 'egg box' foam.