Building a Music Room or Jam Space

by Rachel Laurendeau on April 25, 2012

If there is a member of your household who plays an instrument or if you have a teenager who wants to start a band with his or her friends, then you have probably thought about the need to create a practice area that is separate from the rest of the house. Why not create a comfortable jam space in your basement where they can rehearse?

The amount of space required will depend entirely on your circumstances: which instruments will be played and the number of people you need to fit into the room. You’ll want enough space for all the instruments, equipment and for everyone to move about freely without tripping over each other.

If you are creating this room away from the rest of the family, chances are, one of your main goals is to reduce the sound levels in the rest of the house. Keep in mind that not only the walls need to be soundproofed but so do the ceiling, doors and maybe even the widows. Soundproofing may be one of the most expensive parts of the project and you’ll want to make sure it is done properly. This would be a good time to call in a basement remodeling expert who has experience in sound attenuation and acoustics.

Simply put, acoustics are the general transmission, effect and quality of sound. Meaning, in a room with “good acoustics” sound travels nicely. You want to use materials that will create proper sound reflection and absorption. For example, sound will bounce off bare concrete so a carpeted floor or area rugs would be better options. Getting good acoustics is a science and this is likely a topic that you will want to research on its own before going further.

Electrical and Wiring
Make sure there are enough outlets in the room for all of the equipment and check with your electrician for the recommended amperage of breaker that you need. The last thing you want is to constantly be blowing a breaker mid-rehearsal.

You might also want to run a network cable for your computer in case you ever want to watch tutorials or videos to get inspired or use online recording tools.

Air Circulation
In an enclosed space with lots of equipment, instruments and bodies, the room can warm up pretty quickly. You’ll want a room with good air circulation, mechanical air ventilation and possibly a window that opens.

For more information on building a home music room or jam space, talk to your local home improvement expert or basement remodeling contractor.

If you liked this blog post, you might also be interested in reading Media Room Tips.

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