Anybody who has ever lived in an old home knows they can be cold… and loud. These days we are accustomed to much better insulation and more robust framing to minimize noise than that used by our ancestors.
In an inn, nobody wants to hear noises through the walls or shiver on a cold winter night. For the comfort of our guests, we made top-of-line insulation and sound mitigation a priority. Here are some key steps we have taken:
- Added fiberglass insulation in the exterior walls and foam insulation to the roof (the added rigidity from foam insulation was an extra bonus);
- Re-framed almost the entire interior to accommodate necessary structural work and then built “sound walls” consisting of staggered 2’x 4’s (creating six-inch interior walls);
- Insulated all interior walls, ceilings and floors with rock wool insulation to both reduce sound and help with heating and cooling;
- Added sheets of vinyl sound barrier over the insulation on all interior walls and floors that are exposed to common areas;
- Added individual heating/cooling systems to each guest room so that guests can control the system in their room (quite a feat in an old building, but successfully accomplished thanks to Eastern Propane!);
- Placed the individual heating/cooling systems in their own closets lined with insulation board;
- Installed Pella replacement windows with insulated glass as the last piece of our sound mitigation efforts.
Our efforts are already paying off, even though Pickering House is still being renovated. When we pop by to answer questions and check on the site, it is sometimes hard to even hear the work going on in another part of the inn.
Pickering House may be a downtown inn, but our guests are going to feel far from busy Main Street when they come through our doors!