Originally Posted by tibasnatch
also should I have them insulate the ceiling in the basement? I like my movies quite loud and it will not be insulated unless i pay extra ($625) is it worth it? its a 2 story house and everyone will be sleeping upstairs on the 2nd floor
I think it depends.
For most sound transmission through the floor you're going to be fighting lower frequencies. I don't know that pink insulation (standard fluffy stuff) will be inert enough to stop that.
As a disclaimer, I did insulate virtually every interior wall in my house, every one of them. I did it to help deaden most sounds (didn't work as well as I wanted) and to also help (in theory) keep each room from becoming a hot/cold spot.
I'm not sure how well that worked either but hey... it was my arms that were itching and my finger tip that I slammed a staple through with the staple hammer
I think if you want to seprate the downstairs from the upstairs sonically, you might need more than insulation (I like it for the sake of helping to keep the warmth downstairs in the winter time)
Can you have them knock off "X" dollars and leave the room unfinished?
Could you build a false ceiling under your future drywall and put some deadening stuff between the two?
I'm by NO means an expert on this. I merely talked to a friend who knew a lot about it and have tried to make some notes for myself as a future reference.