Soundproof Garden Studios
We create fully sealed soundproof garden studios, and isolate music rooms in your home to keep your latest demo from leaking early.
If you are a music producer, play a loud instrument or want a space for your band to practice, creating a music room in your home is the perfect solution. Giving your neighbours the peace and quiet they deserve, a recording studio gives you a place to get in touch with your creativity without disturbances from the outside world.
How To Soundproof A Home Studio
Whether in your garden, shed or inside your home, when it comes to creating a professional soundproof recording studio you need to think about two things. Keeping unwanted noise out, and improving sound quality within.
This is done by installing specialised soundproof products, materials and altering the architecture of the space itself. However, making it work requires a little bit of magic.
One of the most important parts of soundproofing a home studio is the door. This needs to be as thick and heavy as possible to best dampen sound waves. In many cases we will install a double-door system for optimal performance. These are 2 door units fixed with an air gap in between. Acoustic seals are also affixed to the frame to prevent any leakage around the doors. MORE >
Windows are key to soundproofing any space, with the glazing in traditional units poor insulators of sound. By installing top of the line noise reduction windows we improve the sound efficiency of a home studio by up to 51dB in our timber casement range. Incorporating specialised soundproof glazing, the glazing is isolated from the frame itself using specialised buffers to prevent transmission.
Stopping sound getting out, these units create the perfect recording environment, free from external noise and ambient sounds. MORE >
Soundproofing Studio Walls
Internal walls may seem to be effective at preventing unwanted noise entering your building, however most walls are covered in plasterboard with air spaces behind them. This gap conducts sound waves and, if the gap is big enough, can act as an acoustic chamber.
This makes soundproofing the walls vitally important for any home studio or garden recording space. In order to do this we install insulating foams and acoustic dampening materials such as acoustic plasterboards. Importantly, these need to work across a range of frequencies, to prevent both bass and treble transmission.
In addition, walls can be decoupled – the plasterboard separated from the stud wall using cushioning – to prevent noise transfer through the material of the wall if necessary. MORE >
The Finer Details
When it comes to soundproofing a garden studio, the room is only as strong as its weakest point. This means that the space needs to be examined for any leakages – air gaps through which noise could sneak in or out.
Depending on the size and surface, these are dealt with by using acoustic sealants, mats and mineral wools.
Typical of any home studio, both convoluted and non-convoluted foam sheets are stuck to the walls in order to control internal acoustics, reducing reverberation, reflections and flutter echoes. These will not effectively prevent sound emission from the studio.
Garden Studios And Planning Permission
As with any building in your garden, you can build a studio that is up to 50% the total area of your garden without acquiring planning permission as long as it meets the following regulations:
- The building must be less than 2.5m in height.
- The 50% rule applies to the area of your garden less pre-existing structures (i.e. greenhouses, other sheds, etc.)
- The studio cannot be placed in front of the front elevation of the property.
- The studio is not to be used as sleeping accommodation. In this case planning permission and building regulations must be met.
In the case of conservation areas, a garden studio can be built on your property as long as it is in the back garden, not the front or side of the building.
A listed building will require planning permission to construct a garden studio.
Soundproofing A Garden Studio FAQs
How can I keep the room well ventilated?
We install high quality acoustic ventilation systems designed to moderate the temperature of the room whilst preventing sound getting out. These are installed by a specialist soundproofing team in order to avoid compromising the integrity of the rest of the room.
Will foam sheets work well enough?
Foam sheets are designed to treat the sound within the room, not to prevent noise escaping the room. They are, therefore, very important for garden studios or music rooms in which you plan on recording music, but are not necessary in spaces that are designed solely for practice.
Does the floor need to be insulated?
If you are creating a garden studio then the room will most likely be free-standing and have a base of solid concrete, below which will be soil. These dense materials will not easily transfer sound, so you won’t have to worry about soundproofing your studio in this situation.
However, when it comes to music rooms or recording studios within your property, your floor will likely need to be treated. We do this by installing resilient bars, isolating the floor and using acoustic sealants to plug any gaps. You can find out more about our floor soundproofing systems here.
Can I turn my wooden shed into a music studio?
In short, no. Wooden structures are poor insulators of sound, meaning that you will have to add many layers of insulation and refit windows and doors in order to make the shed fit for purpose. This will change the structure of your shed so dramatically, that you are better off knocking the shed down and building a new structure altogether.
For this new building you will want to use high mass and density materials with a cavity between them. This will provide a baseline level of noise reduction which can be capitalised upon by installing specialised products and professionally finishing the space.
When it comes to soundproofing a garden studio, music room or recording studio, noise reduction will only be as effective as your weakest link. If you’re suffering from noise pollution and are considering soundproofing your home, you may also want to consider: