How to Incorporate Athletic Enhancements to Your Home

From tennis courts to hockey rinks, ESTATENVY breaks down the benefits and drawbacks of adding outdoor athletic equipment to your home.

If you’re an active family, the idea of adding a basketball court, tennis court or even a hockey rink has likely crossed your mind. The idea of you and your kids playing outside in the fall weather, or watching the kids play outside while you enjoy peace and quiet, is pretty idyllic. But how do you go about adding these enhancements to your home, and is it worth the price and labor to install? ESTATENVY caught up with some home experts and broke down the benefits and drawbacks of these outdoor projects.

Tennis Courts

For tennis players of all levels, there’s nothing better than having your own tennis court. It’s a great place to practice your game or host other recreational activities. The first thing to keep in mind is the size of your yard, it will likely be hard to resell your home if a tennis court takes up the entirety of your outdoor space. In addition, be mindful of your neighborhood and if a home with a tennis court would be a valuable addition, or detract from your neighborhood aesthetic.

Once you have looked at these contributing factors, it’s important to understand that not all tennis courts are created equal. There are grass, clay, asphalt or event post-tensioned concrete courts. Your goals for the tennis court will influence which type of court you choose, but so can your budget. According to ConcreteNetwork, “A well-constructed, properly maintained concrete court can provide decades of recreational enjoyment. But you'll have to pay to play. The cost of a regulation-size post-tensioned concrete tennis court with a cushioned surface can be double that of an equivalent asphalt court. The basic asphalt court starts at about $40,000 to $45,000, with the average price probably in the mid $50s to low $60s. For a post-tensioned court, you'll pay in the low $100,000 range.”

Sport Courts and Basketball Courts

If basketball or even bocce ball is more your thing, maybe a sport court is the way to go. There are a couple of different routes you can take when looking to add a sport court. According to HOUSETipster, “When it comes to backyard basketball courts, you can either choose to use a premade court floor made of rubber sports tiles or a plastic polymer mix over a concrete slab or without a slab. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your court and want a strong, solid, long-lasting product, concrete is essential.”

After you have scouted your space and decided on the base material, the fun begins! This is SportsProsUSA favorite part. “The components part of the basketball court construction project is where the fun comes in! This is all of the accessories to make your backyard court truly unique to your wants and needs. Components include things like basketball hoops, net systems, containment netting, rebounders, and lighting. The type and number of components for your backyard court will depend on your specific wants and needs and can be different for each project. A family who is only interested in tennis will not need basketball hoops and those who play volleyball don’t necessarily need a pitching machine. The more accessories you choose for your court, the higher the cost associated. In turn, the more accessories you have, the more your court will be used and you’ll see a greater return on your investment. You can turn your basketball court into a multi-game court with painted lines and a net system, play day or night with custom lighting, or install containment netting to avoid runaway balls – the choice is yours!”

Temporary Hockey Rink

In the winter, putting on skates and bundling up to jump on the ice is something people look forward to all year round. But how does one bring that type of excitement into their own homes without having to head to a local pond or ice rink? The first question to ask yourself is do you want a fake ice rink or real ice? Utilizing an artificial ice surface makes installation easier, although the cost upfront may be larger. According to Glice some issues that arise with synthetic rinks include uneven surfaces, difficulty with skating and it can be damaging to skates. But if you buy the right systems, these issues can be minimized and skating enjoyment can be brought to your family year-round.

Freezing your own rink requires some engineering, but can provide an authentic ice feel for winter skating. The Spruce shared simple step-by-step instructions on building your own rink at home!

Whether you’re playing basketball, tennis or hockey, your family and entire neighborhood will likely enjoy these athletic enhancements. Although the price can sometimes be a barrier, the right materials can be an investment for years of future family competitions to come!