New Construction Corner
Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.”
I think most homeowners would agree. The aphorism (from Frost’s 1919 poem “Mending Wall”) is something to keep in mind as you shop for a home in a high-rise. The owner of a house can build a fence or plant a row of trees to shut out his or her neighbors. The owner of a high-rise condo, living in a box stacked in a tower of other boxes, has no such recourse. If your neighbors are Metallica lovers or aspiring bagpipers, you could end up with some sleepless nights.
But there are steps developers can take to seal off what I’ll call the “owner’s envelope” – the floor, ceiling and walls of each unit – to limit sound transmission.Here are some steps to take and issues to consider if peace and quiet are important to you: