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Madison Hogan
Hello houzzez

We have a reverse house plan as well, love it for the views and light ect. Only issue is a loud creaky floor and entertaining, which wakes up our daughter/guests and we have carpet in our dining room/living room (gross with a baby!)

Is anybody able to have wooden floors with this plan? Do people have tips for noise reduction?

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Our reverse house is only sort of reverse. Ground level is entry with family room and pool table room - "second" level is master with bathroom, kitchen, dining room, main living room, office, laundry, powder room. Third level is two bedrooms, loft office and a bathroom. Therefore, it eliminates the issue you described. That being said, we have just put floating bamboo floors down on the main level ("second level") and there is no noise problem below. Sometimes guests sleep in the family room and things seem to be quiet enough. Previously, we had carpeting everywhere. We put down the highest grade of "cushioning" under the bamboo. Well worth it. If you decide to go with wood floors, that would be the time you could get the creaking corrected. I would have someone look at it now.

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Madison, we're going through this with our house. You will see a lot about using foam or rubber barriers under the wood. But that only helps with noise from striking the wood floor, like the heels of your shoes, scraping of chairs, etc. You probably have what I have which is undersized floor joists. That causes the whole floor to flex so you hear squeaks and thumps (like a herd of elephants when people walk above.) Unfortunately this is not easy to remedy. In our case we focused on quieting 1 room, the room below the master bedroom. First, when we installed new carpet in the master we screwed down all the sub-floor again (1000 screws) to reduce the squeaks. Then we got the thickest carpet pad we could find (not really the problem as described above, but every bit helps.) Then we removed the ceiling drywall in the room below and sistered new 2x8 joists next to the existing 2x8 joists (2x8 are code but they should have been 2x10 to prevent this problem.) Enclosed the cavities with Rocksol, and put up new drywall. We didn't know if this would be enough; we thought we might need to attach the drywall with resilient channel or use a double layer of drywall, although people have mixed results with all these techniques. But it is significantly better. Not only can you barely hear people walking above, everything in the upstairs room doesn't bounce and shake when you walk through the room. So unfortunately it's a lot to do, but I think the problem needs to be addressed at the cause (flexible joists) in addition to adding a barrier below your wood floor.

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