Some fundamental things to consider when planning to put in a tennis court

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Putting in a tennis court is a large project that needs to be carefully and thoroughly planned before you take the first step towards beginning the construction. Below are three important things to consider.

Restrictions on development

Before you even begin to plan any details about your tennis court, you must find out what restrictions there may be on developing property in your area. In some places, no structure may be built within a certain distance of the border of the property. There is the possibility that a tennis court is not considered to be a structure, so the restrictions may not apply. In other areas, there may be no relevant restrictions on anything that is not a dwelling.

Positioning the court

One of the first things you should do is to work out whether your property will actually accommodate a court and, if so, where you would place it. There are factors you need to take into consideration:

  • A tennis court covers a large surface area – 120 feet / 36,6 metres by 60 feet / 18,3 metres. It may be a good idea to lay out an area this size on your property to give yourself a clear idea of exactly how this structure will impact on the design of your existing garden. It is possible to install a court that is reduced in size to fit in with the size of your property and your own requirements, but this will most probably impact on the resale value of the property.
  • It is best for a tennis court to be orientated north to south so that players do not have to look into the sun when they play at any particular time of day.
  • You will have to make sure that your tennis court is not built over the sites where underground pipes or wires need to be accessed.
  • If the position of your proposed tennis court is anywhere near an existing structure or physical feature, like a retaining wall, or a slope, it may be necessary for the construction of the tennis court to be adapted to make it is strong and to ensure that it will not interfere with the structure or feature in the garden.

Fencing the court

The reason to have a fence around your tennis court is primarily to keep the balls on the court. To facilitate this, the fence does not have to be the same height all around the perimeter. The side fences can be set at a lower level than the back fences. If your tennis court is built up against the border of your property, though, then there will be other considerations and it may be advisable for the side fence to be high enough to catch any high-flying tennis balls.

If the side fence of your tennis court is to be built right up against the border of your property, then it will have to be a high fence. Make sure that there are no restrictions on the possible height of border fences in your area. For more information, visit a company who specialises in tennis court construction, such as Recreational Surfacing Pty Ltd.

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