If you want to build a racquetball court, then you should know that you will have two options to go about this: You can either go for a turnkey option that would allow you to do the installation yourself, or you could turn to a professional to do everything for you from scratch.
How much does building a racquetball court cost?
You will have to take into account quite a few factors when it comes to building a racquetball court, which means that it will be pretty hard to get an exact estimate. Are you going for an outdoor or indoor court? If you want to build for indoor usage, then you will need to consider everything from accessories to lighting, doors, glass walls, flooring, and even hard walls, depending on the construction you have in mind.
Online information is pretty limited on this topic, so it took some on-field work to get to some real prices. It turns out that you should be prepared to spend anywhere between $40 and $100 per square foot for a court that is made from concrete on a steel frame. Expect this price to be relatively smaller when building an outdoor court.
Brick Veneer/Steel Frame Racquetball Court Square Foot Cost Breakdown:
|Construction Cost Estimate||% of Total||Cost Per SF||Cost|
|Building and Materials||$125.00||$100,000|
|Total Construction costs||$166.25||$133,000|
|Accessories and Other Expenses||$10,000 to $40,000|
|Final Cost||$143,000 to $173,000|
So let’s go over the process you will have to go through using a home-based court as an example:
- You will first have to clear the land, when necessary so that the foundation can be built.
- When you’re done with the foundation, you will have to create a floor for the court, by laying down anywhere between 900 and 1,300 square feet of concrete.
- Now, depending on the height of the wall you want to build, you will need another 2,700 or so square feet to create the concrete wall. This means that you will use about 4,000 square feet of concrete.
This would bring the total cost of a home-sized court to about $115,000. Keep in mind that this price won’t include painting, fencing, or other needed add-ons. Adding everything up to get a fully built and accessorized racquetball court will bring the price up considerably, even surpassing $150,000 in some rare cases.
Racquetball court overview
The numbers above are estimated for a racquetball court of standard dimension and the building of the concrete floor and wall. When it comes to floor materials, these will vary quite a lot depending on what you need, but among the most popular materials people use are metal-based siding, brick, and siding.
Some common types of courts will be a short/full-back four-wall, a long three-wall, or a short three-wall. Racquetball court dimensions should be 20 ft wide x 20 ft high x 40 ft long.
Experienced players say that they usually like playing on concrete courts made with glass and panel backs.
Extra costs to consider
Even before you can start this project, you will have to consider expenses related to architecture, as well as contractor fees. And these expenses can drive your costs up by almost 25%.
The costs will increase with each wall you add to your construction. The height of the walls will also influence the final cost.
Any speakers or lights for nighttime play will also increase the final costs.
Transforming an indoor court to an outdoor one will be a very expensive project, as these constructions are very different. For example, you will usually build the indoor court with special flooring like maple and glass wall panels. It would also span two floors. An indoor court will also feature ceiling joints and steel galvanized studs to prevent rot from developing.
How can I save money?
Try to get in touch with at least three contractors before hiring one. When it comes to expensive building projects, never go for a contractor with poor reviews. Some comparison websites like HomeAdvisor can help you find experienced professionals with great reviews in your area.
If you think you’re up to it, go on the DIY route and try a turnkey solution. There are companies out there that can guide you and help you buy the necessary materials and blueprints so you can make sure you’re doing a great job.