With Covid-19 upon us, professionals, dogs and children are all sharing spaces within the home.
All environments require acoustics. Sound control is essential. Every room has its own sound and purpose, and if the sound doesn’t fit the purpose then an acoustic solution is needed. Rooms in the home are now being used differently than their original interior design intent, so adaptations need to be made to meet these new requirements.
So, let’s talk about sound.
Sound reflects, absorbs, and transmits at all the surfaces, objects, and people in a room, bending around tables, objects, doorways, etc.
Reverberation time is a measure of the amount of time it takes for sound to die down in a room. It usually ranges from about 0.5 seconds to about 3.0 seconds, depending on the room size and materials. It is lower when absorptive materials are in a room, and higher when reflective materials are in a room. Consider tile floors and sliding glass doors among the hard surfaces that are reflective.
Absorptive materials... ...are sometimes called “acoustic” because they were developed to absorb sound and can be added to a room to reduce reverberation time and damper sound energy. This is ideal for open spaces. In interior design elements including draperies, rugs and carpets, as well as upholstered furniture are incorporated as sound absorbents.
Juliana Sharkey & Maria E. Canovas, NCIDQ are the Principals’ at The Bierman Group. Originally from South Florida, Juliana has a BS in Business Administration from FAU. She joined The Bierman Group in 1996 providing financial support and establishing a strong A&D presence in South Florida. During her 20+ year career, she has been an IIDA Industry Member, City Center Director and currently Dir of Finance of the South Florida IIDA Chapter. She joined 3form as a materials consultant 2013 and will continue in that role while joining Maria as Principals of The Bierman Group. Originally from Puerto Rico, Maria pursued a degree in Architectural Design, from MassArt in Boston; and is an NCIDQ, Licensed Interior Designer in Florida. During her 20+ year career, she worked in Interior Design, Dealer Sales and as a Rep in South Florida and Puerto Rico. From 2008-2018, Maria was the Principal of Canovas Designs, Inc., providing turnkey commercial interior design services.