Hoops and Ladders: Bringing March Madness Home

It’s about that time of year when even those who can’t stand basketball are bitten by March Madness.

Heading into the NCAA Tournament is the best time of year to make sure your home reflects your fever. If you’re looking for some great ideas on how to watch the tournament, check out our Super Bowl blog, but if you have the itch to shoot some hoops, maybe it’s time to put in a court of your own.

Outdoor courts and hoops have been staples of suburban America for decades: providing enough open space to shoot threes and play small-sided games. While a hoop hanging over the garage will suffice for many, there’s so much room for innovation, like building a patio court with a beautiful, wooded backdrop.

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An outdoor hoop probably isn’t in the cards for most people right now, though. Last time we had a winter this cold in many parts of the country was when Patrick Ewing lead the Georgetown Hoyas to the national title back in 1984. For many, an indoor hoop isn’t an obvious possibility, but it can be as attainable as a hoop in the garage.

Contemporary Home Gym by Minneapolis Design-Build Firms Werschay Homes

The other quick fix is, of course, to incorporate a hoop into an existing bedroom without needing too many alterations.

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If you’re willing to dedicate a bit more space, multipurpose rooms can be a great place to hang a hoop while not losing too much space when you aren’t playing. You’ll still be able to shoot free throws, without sacrificing the utility of the room for other activities.

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Basketball fanatics will really want to make a fast break for hardwood flooring, though, as it provides the most authentic experience. You’ll be playing half-court and sinking threes from the comfort of your own house—not having to bear frigid temperatures outside during basketball season will be nice too.

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Whichever option suits your fancy, incorporating basketball into your home is not only a healthy decision, but an accessible one. What could be better than having guests over for the game only to take a break and shoot hoops at halftime?

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