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Old 2015-01-05, 09:43 AM
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Just wondering if anyone has had any problems with a new home construction and being able to hear your neighbours from one single family home to another? We recently purchased a smaller single family home and we have one side that is about 3-4 feet away from our neighbour and the other that is the more "normal" 6-8 feet.

I can hear noises / vibrations from the closer neighbour (3-4 feet away). I can VERY clearly hear people stomping up and down their stairs. If there's anything slightly louder going on (maybe a kid jumping, or someone installing something on the wall) I can hear it perfectly from within my home. It seems like if anythign vibrates their floor or walls it travels perfectly to my home and I can hear it.

Does anyone live in a home built like this and have this issue and if so, what have you done about it?

Unfortunately I didn't pay for soundproofing insulation as I figured it's a single home and I wouldn't have this issue.

It essentially sounds like a townhouse. We lived in a town before this and this is actually worse, in terms of sound, than the townhouse was.
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Old 2015-01-05, 10:11 AM
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Hello,

Just wondering if anyone has had any problems with a new home construction and being able to hear your neighbours from one single family home to another? We recently purchased a smaller single family home and we have one side that is about 3-4 feet away from our neighbour and the other that is the more "normal" 6-8 feet.

I can hear noises / vibrations from the closer neighbour (3-4 feet away). I can VERY clearly hear people stomping up and down their stairs. If there's anything slightly louder going on (maybe a kid jumping, or someone installing something on the wall) I can hear it perfectly from within my home. It seems like if anythign vibrates their floor or walls it travels perfectly to my home and I can hear it.

Does anyone live in a home built like this and have this issue and if so, what have you done about it?

Unfortunately I didn't pay for soundproofing insulation as I figured it's a single home and I wouldn't have this issue.

It essentially sounds like a townhouse. We lived in a town before this and this is actually worse, in terms of sound, than the townhouse was.
That's not normal, get it checked out.
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Old 2015-01-05, 10:32 AM
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I thought there may be some code violations since they put alot of the exhausts from the home on this side with the narrow distance between my neighbour, but I asked Phil in his inspection thread and it doesn't seem like there's any building code issues.
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Just to understand, there is no physical connection between your neighbours house and yours?

Are the windows open when you notice this?
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This is totally not normal unless you have Bionic hearing. That sound wave from your neighbour has to pass through two sets of siding, house wrap, OSB wood, insulation, moisture/vapor barrier and finally drywall (unless you are window to window).

"It seems like if anythign vibrates their floor or walls it travels perfectly to my home and I can hear it." - this is pretty much impossible for vibrations in the structure to transfer if you are in single homes 3-4 feet away from each other!?!?!

As you mentioned it's a new home construction, get it checked out under the warranty. Certain builders/contractors have been know to leave out critical wall components during construction that was not pickup until the homeowner started having issues.

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Old 2015-01-05, 11:51 AM
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Just to understand, there is no physical connection between your neighbours house and yours?

Are the windows open when you notice this?
That's correct none whatsoever. There is about 3-4 feet of separation. I'm in my bedroom which is on that close side and I can very clearly hear and feel, for example, kids stomping up the stairs and other banging noises. I once thought I heard them vacuuming.

I have all my venting on this narrow side wall. I can't imagine it has to do with just the venting?

I really don't understand how this is possible.

We're sitting in our basement watching a movie and then all of a sudden "BANG BANG BANG BANG" .. I mean.. as if someone was in our house walking above us almost.

No there are no windows open when we hear this.

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This is totally not normal unless you have Bionic hearing. That sound wave from your neighbour has to pass through two sets of siding, house wrap, OSB wood, insulation, moisture/vapor barrier and finally drywall (unless you are window to window).

"It seems like if anythign vibrates their floor or walls it travels perfectly to my home and I can hear it." - this is pretty much impossible for vibrations in the structure to transfer if you are in single homes 3-4 feet away from each other!?!?!

As you mentioned it's a new home construction, get it checked out under the warranty. Certain builders/contractors have been know to leave out critical wall components during construction that was not pickup until the homeowner started having issues.

Hmm... that's what I figured.. that this would be impossible. I know that space, distance and air is usually what it takes to stop sound so I don't understand how this makes sense. There are no windows on this wall whatsoever on both our homes.
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siding, stucco or brick?
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Old 2015-01-06, 06:05 PM
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100% siding on both homes on the close side. Is it possible it's vibrations because the homes are so close together? Literally sounds like I'm in a townhouse. I can't hear voices or anything but low frequency, house-vibrating bangs and knocks. My guess is kids stomping around the inside of the house and other general things like pounding meat?..haha I don't know.. slamming doors etc. . moving couches. .. those kinds of sounds

update: ok I put my ear to the drywall and 100% can confirm its noises from inside the neighbour's house. I can even hear voices!! Sounded like a kids voice. Definitely kids stomping around. I'm inside my house. They're inside theirs. There's just under 4 feet separation between both.

This is crazy. Nowhere near this bad in our last home which was a townhouse.

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Old 2015-01-07, 10:46 AM
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100% siding on both homes on the close side.
thought so. both stucco and brick attenuate sound much better. there was a residential development in London that had to brick the back of homes that backed onto a rail line to reduce the noise transfer.

not sure what you can do now. pulling the drywall and reinsulating with roxul or sprayfoam and then putting on noise-attenuating drywall might help (remember to seal around all the outlets/switches. changing all your vents to be roof- mounted would probably be a good idea as well. bricking the wall might be less than $5K. none of these are cheap - probably around the same cost as the real estate commission and land transfer tax if you sold and moved somewhere else.
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