The Sweet Sound of Silence

Posted by J. Lawrence Homes on 7/22/11 at 12:00 PM

Turnberry model, J. Lawrence Homes

Can you hear me now? No? That’s a good thing, if you are looking for a peaceful home. And to help ensure your home will be as quiet as possible, take a close look at the floor plan.

New construction homes can sometimes get a bad rap in terms of sound transfer compared with older homes, but an experienced homebuilder knows how to design a floor plan that minimizes the noises heard from room to room.

For example, in every J. Lawrence Homes floor plan, the builder uses closets, baths or a laundry room to separate bedrooms for an extra sound buffer.

At Ambry Estates in Lynwood, each of the four bedrooms in the 3,354-square-foot Sherbourne floor plan, priced from $314,900, are separated by a bath or closet, while the 2,019-square-foot Hampton, a ranch plan, has the bedrooms positioned at opposite ends of the home.

When possible, we avoid having bedrooms share a wall. Having bedrooms share a wall with a bathroom or even simply a closet does quite a bit in cutting the amount of sound you can hear in each room. That’s especially appreciated by growing families who may have an infant not yet sleeping through the night as the crying won’t disturb other children.

Families with teens are grateful for the buffer, too. Teens can listen to their music or play video games in their room without worrying they are disturbing other members of the family.

Ambry Estates offers 93 estate-style homes in two home series – the Classics, which features five plans, including the Sutherland plan, and the Premiere Series, which offers four plans, all of which are two stories. Homes measure 1,500 to 3,354 square feet and have two to five bedrooms and two to three baths. Base prices range from $239,900 to $322,900.

Other floor plan features that create built in sound buffers include placing a den or home office at the opposite end of the home from the family room, as is found in the Turnberry plan at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth. This 2,866-square-foot plan has four bedrooms, 2½ baths and is priced from $315,900.

Placing the den away from the family room, which can be quite lively with kids playing or people watching television, makes the den quieter for concentrating on homework or catching up on work. It is a benefit for those who frequently take business calls while at home as the party on the other line is less likely to hear children or other household sounds in the background.

Midlane Club offers eight floor plans, including ranch and two-story designs. Priced from the $249,900 to $339,900, homes range from 2,019 to 3,354 square feet and have two to four bedrooms, two to three baths, basements and attached two- to three-car garages.

At J. Lawrence Homes, we design all of our homes with comfortable day-to-day living in mind – whether that is maximizing efficiency, making the daily routine a little easier, or just helping to make parts of the home more peaceful. Together, with our in-house architects, we are constantly re-evaluating and perfecting each floor plan and enjoy working with buyers to make changes to fit their individual situation.

Take a video tour of the Turnberry model