How to build your own tennis court

Written by laurie rappeport
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For homeowners who enjoy tennis, a court outside their back door can mean the difference between a pleasant daily workout and a once- or twice-weekly visit to the courts. For people who are serious about their tennis and their workout, a home tennis court is not as much a luxury as it is a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With the help of a good contractor, a homeowner can quickly and easily erect a tennis court that will provide her with many pleasurable hours of healthy fun.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the area where the tennis court will be built. The stipulated area for a court is 120 feet long by 60 feet wide. Most people find 110 feet by 55 feet is adequate for non-professional practice and playing.

  2. 2

    Request a building permit from the planning commission or other appropriate government agency for the locality in which the tennis court is being built. In some areas, a court with a grass surface will not need the permission of the local zoning board.

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    Decide which surface will be used when building the tennis court. Options are grass (which needs to be mowed), clay (which needs to be rolled, dragged and watered after every use) and tarmac or asphalt. Reinforced concrete and post-tensioned sport court surfaces are also options, though these are more generally used when building professional courts.

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    Hire a contractor who has experience building tennis courts. Ask to see several samples of the contractor's previous work, especially tennis courts he has built. Speak to the people he has worked for previously to find out whether they were satisfied. There are contractors who specialise in building tennis courts--they may be located by an internet search. The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) maintains a database of licensed contractors who specialise in building sports facilities.

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    Get at least three estimates for the tennis court before deciding on the contractor. Tennis court costs will vary depending on location, ease of access, type of surface and what "extras" are added (landscaping, fencing, lighting). Be certain everything is written out before starting the project so it is clear exactly what is expected from the contractor.

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