Installing a Sound-Attenuating Coffered Wood Ceiling

Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 12, Part 1

Bob catches up on the work in progress at Elm Court. Joe Adams and Ralph McGrath from Owens-Corning are working in a media room installing a QuietZone Acoustyle coffered ceiling. This grid ceiling system is ideal for a media room, since it will greatly reduce noise from audio and visual systems.

Downstairs, Bob joins Sonya and Bob Berle in the grand parlor, one of the most ornate rooms in the house. The tour continues into the adjacent dining room.

Next, Vila and the Berles finish the tour in the kitchen area, where the couple used some stock and some reproduction material to create an authentic butler's kitchen.
Part 1: Installing a Sound-Attenuating Coffered Wood Ceiling
Bob meets with Joe Adams and Ralph McGrath in the media room of the Elm Court. Adams and McGrath are installing a sound-attenuating grid-ceiling system from Owens-Corning.

A standard T-bar steel framing system used commonly in drop ceilings is being used here as the substructure for the engineered panels. The panels anchor to the grid with carbonized steel expansion clips. The solid and perforated wood panels allow the sound to be absorbed through the ceiling and into the black acoustic board that's adhered to the ceiling.

QuietZone systems control sound waves in four ways: they absorb, block, break, and isolate. By managing the energy of the sound wave, Owens-Corning redefines ambient noise. The panels can be ordered in natural materials like Walnut or other fine woods.
Part 2: Elm Court's Grand Parlor
Part 3: Elm Court's Dining Room
Part 4: The Kitchen and Butler's Pantry at Elm Court
Beautifully sited on wooded acreage with breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful countryside in New England, this Arts and Crafts style bungalow certainly doesn't look factory-built. You'd never know it was a modular home unless Bob took you to the Pennsylvania factory where it was built, almost from start to finish.

The house goes down the assembly line from framing, through wiring and plumbing, all the way to the installation of flooring and priming for paint.

The house is trucked to its pre-fabricated foundations on the lot, and start all the finishing touches that will prove that a modular house doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter affair.