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Airy, Sleek — And Really Loud

from The Wall Street Journal

The modern home: spacious, open, airy, gleaming—and noisy. Trendy open floor plans where rooms aren't separated by walls mean voices carry. Hard surfaces like granite countertops, ceramic tile and hardwood floors can also amplify sound. Modern mechanical systems—powerful range hoods over big gourmet stoves, for instance—can be deafening. Meanwhile, the old standbys for dampening noise in a room, like wall-to-wall carpeting and thick drapes, can feel dated. more


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