The Ideal Home Show brings all sorts of incredible people and products together in one of the biggest exhibitions around. I went along on Friday and was left amazed by the Quiet Treehouse made by experts in soundproofing, QuietMark, but how did they do it?
Blue Forest, a company whose expertise lies in creating incredible tree homes, designed this Quiet Treehouse partnering with John Lewis and QuietMark to create a small home that is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the world.
The tall Kebony wood structure reminded me of a place the Na’Vi would’ve lived in Avatar (just with a few more gadgets), and once inside, the Quiet Treehouse was completely silent. No more continuous humming from the thousands of people inside Earls Court, just peace and tranquillity. The windows gave a broken view onto the spectators of the Ideal Home Show making you feel like you were hidden, whilst the natural décor of the home instantly welcomed and relaxed you.
Would I like to live in it or even have it as a holiday home? Most definitely!
Hidden away beneath the timber walls of the treehouse is an organic material called Acoustiblok. The 3mm material is non-corrosive, resistant to mould, mildew and UV rays and is non-hazardous. It is made from 80% recycled materials and is fantastic at blocking unwanted noises.
It is a insulating material and can be used on walls, ceilings and floors to prevent sound travel from all angles. In recent tests by Architectural Testing Incorporated it set a new Sound Transmission Class (STC) record with an STC of 85. The highest wall ever to be tested was STC 65. What does this mean in laymen’s terms? Less sound is able to travel through walls, roofs and floors thanks to this clever insulation.
The windows are beautiful and do their bit too with sound reducing glass adding a luxurious look to the treehouse with their unusual honeycomb style finish. This effect makes it feel like you are in a giant beehive and some of the workers are going to burst through to start making honey.
Enough talk, lets see it
At the end of the show, this wondrous treehouse is not going to waste – it has been donated to the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.