Hi James thanks for the input! We acutually spent around $3,000 putting in sound insulation between the floors ack! We installed on the ceiling a flexible dense layer, then soundboard, and finally a new layer of drywall. It has helped a lot, but footfalls still resonate through the wood, and the waste water from upstairs is Uninsluated and runs through the wall between the garage and the “loft”. (Future project!)
We found out after that it’s best to put the sound insulation on the side the sound is coming from, and really the only additional thing we could do to improve is put carpet over the wood floors upstairs. My aunt and uncle (upstairs) both work as nurses, and my uncle is a surgery nurse in Seattle working 12 hr shifts, so he sometimes leaves around 2 am. They also have 3 cats that love jumping/ running around up there at night! I have asked other guests about the noise from upstairs and several said that they noticed “footfalls” but it didn’t hear anything once asleep. The guest before you was our first complaint, they said that the noise was horrible and they couldn’t sleep the entire night!
I do mention in the description the noise from upstairs, but not sure if people are reading that far into it? I think given your feedback I need to place it more prominently, as I certainly want to avoid disappointment!
We also did try to price the place accordingly, given thaat it’s a self contained unit, but in some ways more like a room in a house because it shares common walls.
Also, after the last guests feedback purchased an air purifier, which when run at night, provides “white noise”, hopefully that will help. When we stay we leave the bathroom fan on for that reason.
I hope you feel that you still received value, and if you have any other ideas of how we could better address this in the future please let me know!