Hoop Dreams – Indoor Sports Facilities


NCAA Dream Indoor Basketball Court

Lower Level

Although the court isn’t regulation size, the collegiate posters make young players feel like NCAA champions, and painted three-point and free-throw lines provide meaningful boundaries for practicing their shots. To reduce echoing by absorbing sound, carpet covers the lower walls.[/nextpage][nextpage]

The Kid Friendly Indoor Basketball Court

Naperville Favorite

Plenty of families choose to convert an entire floor or basement to a children’s playspace, but these rooms sometimes end up looking a lot like adult living rooms except with brighter, kid-approved colors. If you’d rather that the TV and video game console not be the central, defining features of the playroom, then turn it into a sports haven instead.[/nextpage][nextpage]

Beautiful Hardwood Indoor Basketball Haven

Punkatassat Farm
This basketball court was designed as part of a barn addition, but it could work as a retrofit of an existing, unused detached barn too. What’s so special about this space is the uniformity of materials, which keeps it looking tasteful instead of overtly athletic. A protected sitting area gives players a spot to break for Gatorade and parents a place to socialize while the kids show off their dunks.


Golfers Paradise

Practicing one’s putt doesn’t require a ton of room, and a proper net in a place with enough space can even allow for swing practice. Using turf instead of carpet is an easy swap, and a wall-size mural of, say, world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links adds a designer touch that makes the room feel like a pleasant place to be and not just another exercise room.


Soccer Sanctuary

For a basement conversion that is mercifully less expensive to install than a basketball court with sneaker-appropriate flooring, look to turf painted with a center line and small plastic goals from any sporting goods store. Obviously, the larger your basement, the more conducive it will be to playing out your World Cup fantasies, but even a small basement can be valuable for a tight scrimmage or practice kicks.


Hockey Heaven

 Basketball courts are usually the choice of homeowners to make good use of that extra space in their basements. The homeowner of this house decided to put an indoor hockey rink in their basement as a form of fun and entertainment.


Skateboard Park

If your child is more into the skateboarding scene than the varsity team, a room like this would be an irresistible retreat on rainy or snowy days when the town skatepark is socked in. A high ceiling is key, though if your ceiling is lower than ideal, exposing the ceiling will at least give the illusion of more headroom.



Having an indoor pool is the dream of any avid swimmer who lives in a climate where swimming outdoors year-round isn’t possible. E.B. Mahoney created this light-filled lap pool for clients in Philadelphia, a locale that sees its fair share of chilly weather, but a full pool like this isn’t the only way to find hydrophilic bliss indoors. Swim spas have a propeller directing a current down the center of a basin just large enough to fit a swimmer. The strong current enables the user to essentially swim in place.


Ping Pong Dinner Table

Here’s one for your design bucket list that’s especially popular with bachelors and frequent entertainers: Convert a dining room table into a pingpong setup. If your home is already somewhat eclectic and whimsical, living with a permanent line down the center likely won’t be too off-putting; as for the net and other accouterments of the game, there are sets you can buy to do exactly this, turning any wide, flat surface into a pingpong table.