i meant to share this post earlier, but i have been crazy busy trying to select everything for the house. (more on that this week and next)
one little framing trick that we have used in the past, that helps to control noise in areas where sound transfers can be a problem is to stagger the studs.
staggered stud walls are an effective way to prevent sound from traveling from room to room. in a regular stud wall, sound waves hit one side of the drywall, travel through the stud and into the drywall on the other side. since the stud connects the two sheets of drywall, the sound has a path to travel through. the trick is to separate both sides of the wall. that way, the sound won't be able to travel through the wall as easily.
we opted to stagger the studs in between the master bedroom and the entry:
as you can see, the master bedroom backs up to the entry and great room. we wanted to make sure that the bedroom will remain a quiet sanctuary, even if people are talking or watching tv in the great room.
there are twice as many studs in the wall now, so all codes are met, and insulation was also added to this wall to maximize the soundproofing.
this is an especially effective way to reduce noise between a home theater and the rest of the house, as well bedrooms that back up to living spaces, or a home office.