Tips on How to Build a Backyard Basketball Court
With the NBA playoffs soon to reach their culmination point, you can see more and more kids and adults shooting hoops at local basketball courts. However, these community grounds are often overcrowded and there is a long wait to play your game of basketball. That is why more and more people are deciding to build a basketball court right there in the backyard, where they don’t have to pay anyone to play and they’re first in line, every time, forever. If you decide to do the same thing and then invite your friends for the first game, you’ll see what a great idea it was to build a backyard basketball court. If you are wondering what does it take for this home improvement to become a reality, here are a couple of useful building tips.
Location is everything
In the real estate business, location is often what sells a particular property. The same principle can be applied to your basketball court so make sure you choose carefully its location inside the backyard. First, decide if you want to build a whole basketball court or just half of it, with one hoop. For the whole court, you will need some 30 by 15-meter square and for a single hoop, which is the size of most backyards courts, you’ll need to divide these measures by two. Once you know the exact dimensions of the desired court, scavenge the property for the ideal location that can accommodate a field of that size.
Leveling the odds
Although Magic Johnson would disagree, size isn’t everything, as the quality of the ground you choose is also a factor because it needs to be level. If there are any bumps, trees or shrubs you need to excise all of them and fill in the holes with additional ground earth to create a level surface. After the ground is packed down, it is time to put a steel mash down and pour the concrete, if that’s the surface you chose for your basketball court. There is a wide range of surfaces that outdoor basketball courts can be coated or cushioned with but most of them require a concrete base.
Poles, hoops, and walls
Now, before the first bucket of concrete goes in, you should have already decided where the hoop pole is going to go, if there are any, to begin with. Many homeowners simply decide to use the wall of their house to secure the backboard to. This saves you a lot of time, effort, and money and accounts for better stability and decreases the chances of somebody injuring themselves after a savage dunk. However, if you do decide to go with freestanding poles or pole, keep in mind that their foundation needs to be poured out with the foundation of the surface of the court.
Under the limelight
Before you can turn our attention to fine details, the decision needs to be made whether you will play basketball at night. The light coming from inside the house or from the porch is not enough to safely play basketball after dark so you’ll need a stronger source of light. This is where LED basketball court lighting comes into play, as it has the ideal lux values (around 150) for an amateur game of hoops. High quality LED lighting will not only significantly improve the quality of the game but it will allow you to save a lot of money on your electricity bill since floodlights do not come cheap.
Drawing the line(s)
After we have shed some light (pun intended) on the rough part of the construction, it is time to apply fine details like painting the lines. Spray paint is ideal for the job, but it is hard to maintain a straight line using it so you have to use this makeshift stencil to draw the outer lines. As far as the curves go, you first have to check the dimensions of the basketball court you wish to draw before you can draw the outline. A simple piece of chalk can be more than enough to draw a sketch of how the basketball court should look like because it allows you to correct any errors. Take your time during this phase of building a basketball court and measure twice before you apply the final layer of paint.
In the end, you are probably wondering how much this pleasure will cost you. Well, it all depends on the type of your basketball court, whether it’s full size or only half court and whether you decide to erect separate hoop poles or just attach the backboard to the side of your house. On average, the cheapest backyard basketball court comes at around $10,000, which is not a high price to pay considering what you get for that amount of money. Hell, if you manage to build a killer basketball court you might even rent it to other people, earning money from it.