Indoor Tennis Court Construction
Here are some tips for indoor tennis court construction. Have you ever wished that you could play on your own indoor tennis court? Construction details—such as location and price—might have discouraged any further considerations, but how do you know that you are not selling yourself short? In fact, getting started with a professional indoor tennis court construction project is a lot easier than you might have thought possible.
- Evaluate the available space. The American Sports Builders Association explains that the spatial requirements for tennis courts are 27'x78' for playing singles and 36'x78' for doubles play. For a regulation court, there must be a space of 35 feet from floor to ceiling at the center of the net. Even if the house is too small to accommodate this kind of court, it is still possible to build an enclosure on the property that will house the playing area.
- Set up a budget. If spatial availability does not hinder an indoor tennis court construction project, the price tag might. Costs vary greatly, depending on whether a facility needs to be erected in the backyard or a number of walls must be knocked out of the home; generally speaking, expect to pay between $15 and $75 per square foot.
- Hire a consultant. Even a seasoned player needs a little help to put together a court that highlights his abilities and makes it fun to play. Remember that some of the choices, which directly impact game play, involve the surface (hard, soft or cushioned?) and sound proofing. An indoor court can get quite loud and there is no sense in spending a lot of time planning the surface if the bounce of the ball within the enclosure makes it hard to enjoy the game later on.
- Interview experienced indoor tennis court construction companies. A solid history of work done in this field matters. Get references, check them out and verify licenses and insurance policies of the contractors. As a general rule of thumb, avoid hiring someone new to the business, someone without a crew of employed workers and most certainly stay away from a contractor who wants to be paid up front. Remember: pay as you go and only upon receipt of materials and labor; this protects you from a large initial investment and an absent work crew.
Here is another thing to consider before starting on indoor tennis court construction: are the neighbors on board? If the indoor tennis court construction takes place inside the home, the odds are good that it matters little to those living next door; but if you plan on building an enclosed tennis court in the backyard, the neighbors might not enjoy the sight. Invite them over for a brew and discuss your plans; who knows, you might have just found your doubles partners!