Tired of hearing loudly, upstairs neighbors walking and stomping on the wood flooring? Old houses normally have a single layer of floor joists, no ceiling insulation, and ineffective perforated acoustic tile which may contain asbestos. Hire a building engineer to be certain framework and joists will support your project. Expensive options include modular acoustic ceilings, or dual-drywall ceilings, with a secondary, floating “double floor” joist layer. If you’re on a budget, the best choice is to rip out your current ceiling, down to the single floor joists above, install rock/mineral wool batt insulation, wrap pipes in stone wool or mass loaded vinyl, then put in a suspended (“floating”) 5/8″ drywall ceiling, procuring ceiling into resilient hat stations using mechanical isolated ceiling hangers. In this manner, the ceiling does not make direct contact with any of the joists or studs, greatly reducing sound and vibrational transference. Avoid putting any openings in the ceiling, such as lighting fixtures and AC vents. Could also put a layer of loaded vinyl on the inside of drywall ceiling.

The stone wool dampens ambient sound, and the thick drywall dampens impact noise coming from heavy footsteps on the floor above. The combination is very effective.

Have this job cleared by a building engineer, and employ a professional drywall installer.
Enjoy peace and quiet at last!

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