Good Acoustics for Happy Clients
Want to have clients who are happy with the looks AND the performance of the spaces you create? Simply ensure you consider room acoustics during your design phase. A surprisingly high number of projects are designed and built without it. In fact, MOST of the calls to most acousticians happen post-occupancy. And that’s the worst time to discover a new build or renovation has big acoustic problems.
Too many projects look great but turn out to be unworkable or even unbearable for clients who move into them. And as always, retrofits are more expensive and often less attractive and less effective than good planning would have provided.
As an Interior Designer (or Architect, Contractor or other professional in the built environment), you CAN create spaces that sound as good as they look. For happy clients who will love to work, play or live in them.
We are happy to consult at any stage of your thinking or design work, to discuss the impact of surface materials and the options for incorporating acoustic treatments. Give us a call!
How to Design Acoustically Sound Spaces
Most design education programs don’t include much information on acoustics. These are the broad planning steps. If you need help, just ask!
- Consider the sound requirements for the space. How will it be used and by whom: what interactions, what privacy, what ambiance do they need.
- Consider the sound that will be created both inside and outside the space.
- Consider whether sound will travel IN from outside and if you need to block it.
- Consider how your surface materials, fixtures and furnishings will reflect sound or absorb it.
- Consult with an acoustician at any stage to assess your design and get options for acoustics enhancement. (We’re happy to help!)
- Know about the range of decorative and conventional acoustic treatments that can support your design vision AND the well-being of the people who will work, play or live in your space.