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Old 10-04-2022, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
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So I notice that a lot of residential construction in Maryland is of the row home variety where the homes are built literally right next to one another and presumably share a common wall. This seems to create a lot of opportunity for privacy invasion with noise penetrating the wall between neighboring units. Does Maryland have some exacting construction standards by which noise is mitigated or is there just an expectation that "well yeah, you're going to hear your neighbor and they're going to hear you".

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:53 AM
 
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So I notice that a lot of residential construction in Maryland is of the row home variety where the homes are built literally right next to one another and presumably share a common wall. This seems to create a lot of opportunity for privacy invasion with noise penetrating the wall between neighboring units. Does Maryland have some exacting construction standards by which noise is mitigated or is there just an expectation that "well yeah, you're going to hear your neighbor and they're going to hear you".

Thanks in advance.
Are you asking if there is a building code? These types of builds exist in all 50 states. Not just Maryland. It would also depend on the developer and the quality of materials they use.

No builder will be able to accomplish 100% sound-proofing. There are front and back windows and vibrations that exist. I'd look for a builder that excels in soundproofing their row homes and go from there.

Today's surround sound systems, sound bars, etc. will challenge any sound-proofing attempt.

I currently live in a single family home and have a subwoofer that is pretty powerful. Even though it is in the basement, you can hear it outside even at moderate volumes.
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:15 AM
 
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My TH was built in the 80’s. Don’t hear a thing from my neighbor.
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Old 10-05-2022, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Odenton, MD
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With the exception Baltimore city and it’s immediate surrounding neighborhoods in the county virtually every Maryland “rowhouse” are modern townhomes that do not share a common wall.

That beings unless you live on 4 acres, noise is still going to get through just due to the nature of proximity.
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Old 10-05-2022, 03:25 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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With the exception Baltimore city and it’s immediate surrounding neighborhoods in the county virtually every Maryland “rowhouse” are modern townhomes that do not share a common wall.

That beings unless you live on 4 acres, noise is still going to get through just due to the nature of proximity.
Townhouses almost by definition share a common wall.

New construction standards and codes, mostly for fire resistance, over the last 20 or 30 years have worked to better soundproof the units, although some noise will likely leak through as was mentioned.

A lot of the Baltimore area rowhouses have been rehabbed over the last 10 or 15 years and some soundproofing techniques were incorporated in many of them (additional layers of wallboard being one).
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Old 10-05-2022, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Boston
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you can't buy good neighbors at any price range, attached or not.
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