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Question DetailsAsked on 1/8/2018

How much is it to built a basketball court(half) in my home? Getting my house build from ground up.

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Here is an Angies List article on that -

Assuming first you mean outdoor:

For basic concrete or asphalt plus free-standing half-moon shaped (not large professional rectangular shape) backboard on a post as a separate area, I would expect around $4000-5000 minimum assuming existing fairly level, decent ground. Add in overrun edge space, playing-surface mat, safety padding on pole, lighting (be careful of regs on that regarding height,brightness, and lighting neighbor's yards with that), fencing and/or backdrop netting, etc and you can quickly get up to $10,000 or even more for a half-court. I have seen full-court ones with all the frills run over $100,000 - more on hillside sites.

Of course, using existing drive and putting a backboard on a garage or house endwall (taking into account potential surface or window damage from backboard misses) can run as low as about $100 or so from walmart for a wheeled base and backboard on up to $2000 for adjustable height portable ones, typically around $250-500 for ones mounted on permanent post in the ground, and more like $500-1000 commonly for roof-mounted. With zero $ into the "court" itself.

You could also consider oversizing the drive to make it at least half-court size, put in enough other parking space for your cars when court is in use, and put a backboard along one side - would normally be a lot cheaper than a stand-alone court because a good portion of the paving cost would have been needed anyway.

Of course, pay attention to runaway ball issues for safety - may need backdrop netting, fencing, or sometimes on runaway hills just a couple of posts with a volleyball net or two tied together strung down at ground level to catch the ball works well. Or low garden fencing, railroad tie low wall or planter, etc, as suits your landscaping.

Since you are getting a new home, you could ask your architect to design and cost it for you, then get a quote from your contractor for it as well as a couple of independent contractor bids, because your builder may well not give you the best deal.

Thought - be careful about locating it over utility runs - or during house construction make sure urns avoid a spot for it. I remember one (for existing house) running over $50K which was totally dug up only a couple of months later because of a septic system failure.

Also - consider heat factor if in hot sunny area - asphalt is softer to fall on than concrete but can get a lot hotter and sticky in extreme heat.. A lot of the synthetic surfaces have issues with both very hot and very cold conditions.


If you mean indoor - I would be thinking around $50K bare minimum, more into $80-100K range at least if you want high ceiling - and on up to $1/4 million or more depending on features, and of course on land cost if need to buy larger lot for that.. That would take a serious costing by your architect. My recommnedation is also talk to your Realtor about what it would do to your resale value (don't expect a lot of return on your $ on the average), and also on how much it would extend out your listing period. In most areas, especially if not talking a "mansion", I would expect it to drive your listing period on resale out into the half year or more range because you will drive away probably 90%+of potential buyers.

Also on resale - if going to the expense of indoor court, I would make it multi-purpose - suitable for use as maybe a home gym, dance studio, handball/badminton/volleyball court, etc. And easily convertible to a workshop or studio or such - which would likely mean only easily removeable wall padding and backboard supports, and perhaps providing more than normal electric outlets and capacity than a normal gym, to accomodate possible use as workshop. if car accessible that might increase its value to - imagine Jay Leno needing another home with room for a few of his collector cars. In fact, configuring it as a high-headroom (RV/boat and trailer accessible) garage/workshop initially and then fitting it out with flooring and wall padding and backboard and such might add relatively little to the cost but greatly add to the resale value.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD


Forget to attach a couple of links to previous questions on this subject, FYI:

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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