Week 15 of Beeny Knows Best, where our very own Sarah Beeny takes to the blog to answer your property-related questions.
We live next door to very noisy neighbours. Does soundproofing an internal party wall against neighbour noise work? if so what type should we use and how do we get this installed? - Martin
It is perhaps best to start with the gaps in wall, as the only way to soundproof the wall itself is to eat into the space. Very often you will find, especially in Victorian houses, that under the floorboards on each floor there are gaps to next door where the joist sits into the party wall, through the chimney breast, or even in the loft space. Once you have done this you might want to consider other alternatives such as adding more fabrics into the room such as fitted carpets and even wall hangings on the party wall. Lastly, you can build a secondary wall with full sound insulation - there are many companies who can help with this but bear in mind that current building regulations state that the wall between flats when a building is divided up must be fully soundproofed and able to be tested so it is not unusual to have to achieve this.
The grass in our back garden is more weeds than actual grass.. and we're sick of de-weeding to no avail! Is getting rid of grass and replacing with astro/gravel a bad idea if we want to sell? - Mr & Mrs Holden
I personally am a massive fan of artificial grass and have used Namgrass many times. I think the question you have to ask yourself is this; If you are replacing a beautiful stripy mown lawn with artificial grass then you would be really silly - if you are replacing a muddy patch with a few weeds and half a dozen blades of grass then artificial grass is a no brainer - which one does your back garden fall into?
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