Improvement of the acoustics in a new home
Are you curious about the possible uses of Incatro's acoustic solutions? As part of an ongoing series, we check in with one of our customers every month. In the first part of this series, we’ll be visiting the new home of a family with children. The acoustic challenge: disruptive reverberation in the house.
New buildings often feature modern interiors, but this often comes at the expense of the house’s acoustics. The residents of this house noticed that the acoustics in the living room adjacent to the kitchen were so poor that, when the children were playing, reading a newspaper or book was almost impossible. Therefore, the family asked Incatro for help in improving the house’s acoustics.
The amount of reverberation in the house is not surprising: The house’s interior mainly consists of hard surfaces that directly reflect sound and, based on photos and floor plans provided by the family, Incatro's acoustic consultant quickly concluded that there was little wall space available for the placement of acoustic solutions. Despite this, however, there was ample space available on the ceiling.
An Incatro consultant visited the family at home and carried out an acoustic measurement to determine the amount of reverberation occurring. To determine how much absorbent material was needed, the following rule of thumb was used: the area of ceiling panels should be equal to ten percent of the room’s volume.
For the residents, the idea of acoustic ceiling panels took some time getting used to: they were afraid that the room would feel smaller and that they would constantly have the feeling of something hanging over their heads. After talking to Incatro and looking at a few examples, the family decided on acoustic panels in three different places: above the dining table, in the passage from the dining table to the living room, and in the living room’s sitting area.
The family is very satisfied with the chosen solution: “With a few acoustic panels on the ceiling, the acoustics in the house have improved significantly. We still have to familiarise a bit with their look, but the reverberation has disappeared. The investment was more than worth it. ”
Would you like to know which acoustic solution is the best in your situation? Then we would be happy to provide you with a tailor-made advice.