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Old 03-06-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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There are tons of villas in Sarasota, and I'm wondering just how much sound gets through the shared wall from one side to the other. Is this a problem? Are common walls thicker or built differently than the other walls? As a prospective buyer who is looking at villas and detached houses, this is one of my concerns.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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The sound proofing of the common wall would be according to when the building was constructed, who consructed it, what fire code was in existence when it was built, what materials were used, is there a common open attic area or does the wall go to the roof. Also, the older the building, the less insulation on the ceiling. Many older buildings have only 4". New code requires 12".
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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There are tons of villas in Sarasota, and I'm wondering just how much sound gets through the shared wall from one side to the other. Is this a problem? Are common walls thicker or built differently than the other walls? As a prospective buyer who is looking at villas and detached houses, this is one of my concerns.
When we were looking at condos there was a wide variety of construction types. Many were apartment conversions, which were the worst. Just 2 X 4 constrcution and very little soundproofing. We ended up purchasing a unit that was constructed as a condo. It has concrete block exterior walls and concrete slab floors and ceilings. We hear very little through the walls, but do hear furniture moving around the unit upstairs. Most HOA's have flooring restrictions, as our does, but it appears these were not followed. I guess I could complain, bit's not that big of deal to us.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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I bought a new townhouse ville end unit all concrete with one wall being a firewall You hear some noise and things being moved across the floors. it is very quiet when everyone sleeps. I also have a older condo wood frame and it is very loud all the time. I would have to be much older and near deaf to buy another condo again. The bad thing about Florida is a lot of people in these complexes are near deaf and play there tv, ect at very load volumes just to hear what there watching or listening to.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I thought common walls had to be firewalls whether it was an apartment conversion or not?

Anything built prior to the 1980s is going to be concrete and cinderblock which is pretty soundproof.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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I thought common walls had to be firewalls whether it was an apartment conversion or not?

Anything built prior to the 1980s is going to be concrete and cinderblock which is pretty soundproof.
That was not my experience. We looked at a lot of conversions and they were stick construction.
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