In today’s world having peace and quiet within the home is a much sought after experience. Whether you want a quiet reading area, a spa like bathroom retreat or a bedroom that is an oasis of calm and relaxation. The problem is, we also live in much closer contact with our neighbours, have more traffic on the roads and generally a lot more noise pollution than ever before. The first thing that can help you to reduce the noise is understanding how sound travels and where it is coming from. There are two types of sound that travel, structural and airborne. Airborne, as it the name indicates, is noise that travels through the air. Things like talking, TV, stereos and dogs barking would be examples of airborne noise. Structural sounds are vibrations that are carried through objects. Examples of these would be footsteps from the floor above, banging on the wall or a jackhammer in the road outside. These two types of sound vibrations require different methods to reduce their impact. The problem is, it can be difficult to identify where exactly the noise is originating from. This is because sound waves will follow the path of least resistance and sneak into your room via multiple points of entry. The smallest hole in a wall can be an opportunity for sound waves to enter a room. So the first step of any project would be to identify where the sound is entering the room.