Q: My boyfriend and I are planning on moving in together, but we have one significant barrier to finding a place: on top of his regular day job, he is an electronic music producer. This means he is usually listening to repetitive, LOUD beats in the evening and on the weekends. We are limited financially, and are left to decide between a not-so-nice house in a not-so-nice area (so that we don't have any shared walls with neighbors) or a very nice condo or apartment in an area we'd both be happy in. I'm pushing for the latter, but he has concerns about his studio. Is there any way to soundproof a shared-wall condo or apartment so that we won't be getting kicked out after a week due to noise complaints? Or am I doomed to live in a run down house where the engine in the yard comes free with the rent?
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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