Archive for May, 2013

Would You Spend $46K on a Night of Sleep?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

That’s right. I said $46,000. Forty-six thousand dollars. On what? On a good night of sleep, of course. It’s worth it, isn’t it?

According to the New York Post, that’s just what some people are doing. A mother of triplets in New York City had a horrible time getting sleep with three babies in the house. One morning, after having absolutely no sleep, she started searching for answers.

In this particular instance, soundproofing a room wasn’t the answer. The babies actually did need someone’s attention throughout the night. It was just that this particular mom couldn’t give them all the attention they needed, one after the other, without staying up all night.

Her solution? She hired a baby nurse to spend the evenings at her house – six  nights a week. The nurse stayed in their employ for a total of 12 weeks, at $300 per night (6 nights per week). You do the math on that astronomical tab.

They’re not the only ones spending this kind of dough, either. One New Yorker paid to have carpeting installed in his upstairs neighbor’s apartment to shield him from the noise of their late nights (carpet they eventually uninstalled because the neighbor’s dog didn’t like it). He eventually installed a soundproof ceiling instead. It cost this guy $10k to install that ceiling, but he said it made the difference in allowing him to keep his home.

For some, money is no object. For others, frugality is key. What would you spend to live a quiet life?

Windsor Locks Residents Demand Soundproofing

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

It’s not an unfamiliar story. Just a few weeks ago, the residents of Windsor Locks, a town in Connecticut, gathered at a local high school for a town meeting. While there, more than 100 residents voiced concerns about noise created by the nearby Bradley International Airport.

As of right now, due to recent map updates, only one area home actually qualifies for soundproofing paid for by the airport. In general, homes in areas where the sound reaches 65 decibels or more often receive federal funding for soundproofing. There are, however, many homes who live on the “fringe” of these areas, experiencing higher than normal levels of noise on a daily basis.

The real problem in Windsor Locks isn’t necessarily the denial of funds, but the fact that many homes were once promised funds and have now been removed from the list. They have bypassed opportunities to soundproof their homes or install new windows and doors, believing assistance was on the  way. Now it’s not.

What would you do if you were a resident of Windsor Locks? What would you do to convince the FAA to change its mind and expanding the map of homes eligible for relief? Would you soundproof your own  home, or would you give up and move? Sound off…