07 Oct Making Bathrooms Better
The Quiet Bathroom
There are many aspects that go into house design. Convenience, safety and beauty are just a few. One thing, however, that many people do not consider while they are in the midst of a construction project or a renovation project is noise control. Noise is something you do not notice in a home until you are actually living in the home. During construction most people base their decisions on what they can see. However, what you hear can also affect your quality of life as well. Noise control is most obvious in bathrooms
Why Noise Control Matters
Bathrooms are the one room of the house that gets used at all hours of the day and night. People get up at different times to begin their day, and bathrooms get used 24 hours a day. This can pose a problem for individuals living together because bathrooms can make a lot of noise. Slamming cabinets, clanking pipes, and thin walls can disturb everyone in the house. There are ways that these issues can be resolved during the construction process, however.
Bathroom fans or lighting which has hidden fans can create white noise while the bathroom is occupied and also remove excess moisture. Moving air can create “white noise” that is often perfect in helping mask noise that might even reduce arguments about waking others up.
Pipes, especially older pipes can create a lot of noise when they are in use. Older pipes can clang and bang because age had degraded the ability to let water flow freely. Upgraded pipes can eliminate this noise aggravation and increase the efficiency of your bathroom plumbing as well. When you build a new home, the latest technology and the latest materials can be used to reduce noise and maintain excellent water pressure.
Water fixtures, like old pipes, can get noisier as the years pass. Water faucets can hiss, hum or create water streams so strong that others can actually hear the water turning off and on. New faucets and fixtures can eliminate this problem. Many water faucets and fixtures are specifically marketed for their ability to provide quiet water flow and action.
Tubs and Showers
Tube are now more heavily insulated for sound and heating efficiency. Shower enclosures can be constructed with “frame-less” glass, that eliminates doors that slam shut. Additionally, shower drains and shower heads are more often designed for water savings and noise reduction.
Cabinet and Drawers
Quiet close or soft close cabinets and drawers are a great way to eliminate noise in the bathroom. Many older cabinets bang regardless of how careful you try to be when closing them. Soft close cabinets and drawers actually slow the motion of the door or drawer down before it closes therefore eliminating the bang and quieting your bathroom.
Well-padded flooring will eliminate echoing footfalls in the bathroom that can be heard through out the home. Add bonus on using well padded and heavier flooring materials is that you can also reduce the possibility of cracking tile when temperature changes. Bathrooms are exposed to greater temperature changes than other rooms of the house. Long hot showers can change the temperature of the room greatly, and in most homes this happens several times a day.
Decreasing the noise levels in your bathroom can not only make time in this room more pleasant for you but also for those who live with you.