As Grand Rapids grows, I am finding more homes are being built near the highway or a busy street. Some of these homes are just beautiful and it's unfortunate the builder did not take into consideration how to reduce the noise.
If you are building you may want to have a conversation with your builder how you can make your home as sound proof as possible. Really consider soundproofing your walls - Certainteed makes a great product.
If dealing with an existing home, let's looks at ways we can achieve solace in our back yard and inside our home!
My favorite - white noise or sound masking - depending if you are building or buying an existing home - will decide which product you use - however, treat your interior like a commercial space - pump in white noise to all the rooms or sound mask it, or buy a white noise generator for the bedroom so you can sleep
If the home is not staged, know that some of the noise will be muffled with furniture and other interior materials.
Carpet with a heavy duty padding is the best way - however if a lover of hardwood floors then you are going to want to use area rugs with a good pad - some refer to them a privacy underlay or noise canceling pad.
Soundproofing curtains or Acoustic curtains can help as well - however pretty impressed with the Acoustic curtains!
Waterfalls, streams and fountains have turned distracting noises into white noise for centuries! Today, the sound of a nearby fountain can camouflage irritating sounds in your yard or inside your home, like highway traffic noise. Putting these in your garden or in your home can certainly help with distracting you from the road noise.
A barrier fence might also be an effective way to reduce road noise, but only if the structure is solid enough and thick enough to shut out the sound waves. As a general rule, the more solid the fence or wall, the quieter it will be, because sound waves are reflected by dense objects. The sheer mass of masonry walls—stone, brick, stucco-covered concrete — make them the best for blocking sound. Next best, and more practical for most homeowners, would be any solid stockade or board fence.
In my research I stumbled on this website "Sound Isolation" it looks like they may also have some great idea’s - especially if you just want to soundproof just a couple of rooms.
Soundproofing does not have to be crazy expensive and for sure can make or break a sale of a home. Installing these idea’s will surely help!