Promoting peace and quiet with home design

Date: 18 September 2014
Sometimes there's nothing sweeter than the sound of silence. However, as any city dweller or parent with children can tell you, finding a little peace and quiet can be easier said than done.
 
Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to promote tranquility in and around your home with a little smart design.
 
Outside
 
Noise from outside the home, whether it be noisy neighbours, construction work or good old-fashioned traffic, can be dampened by investing in thicker doors and windows.
 
A triple-glazed window will not only offer you a picture perfect view on the world outside, it will also reduce incoming noise.
 
You may also want to consider your options when it comes to fencing. The more barriers between your home and the outside, the less chance for noise to find its way inside your home. Whether you opt for a standard wooden fence or a more eco-friendly wall of shrubs, put some thought into giving noise an extra obstacle or two to reach you.
 
In that vein, making sure your home's insulation is up to snuff can help you lower the racket permeating through your walls.
 
Inside
 
Reducing noise inside the home can take a little extra work, especially if you've got little ones running around who are fond of playing at full volume.
 
Carpeting will go a long way toward dampening noise, as it won't transmit loud footsteps the way hardwood or stone floors do.

Houses also tend to have plenty of noisy appliances whirring away at all hours of the day. It may be worth it to purchase gizmos that are engineered to run more quietly.

You can also place rubber pads under appliances like washing machines to cut down on distracting hullabaloo.
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