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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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3 Ideal Conditions To Construct Tennis Courts

by Chloe Cooper

The demand for tennis courts is growing as more people take up the sport for leisure and exercise purposes. The high demand has also been facilitated by the availability of tennis courts that are made using artificial grass which is cheaper to install. Below are several conditions which are ideal for the construction of tennis courts for homes, hotels or institutions.

During the summer

Many clients prefer concrete tennis courts which are very cheap to maintain. All that is required is for the lines to be redrawn and the work is complete. However, when constructing these tennis courts, a concrete slab is required. During the summer, the weather conditions are ideal for the pouring and curing of the concrete slab. Under these conditions, the slab will be ready for use after several weeks.

Do not attempt to construct concrete tennis courts during winter. This is because the water used can freeze, thereby reducing the rate of concrete hydration. The result is a weak foundation slab that will not last several months. As such, for best results, time your construction with the summer season.


Depending on the budget you have for the project, you can decide to construct the tennis court indoors. This is appropriate for institutions such as schools. You can use artificial grass which is very convenient for this type of tennis court. Another option is artificial clay. Both of these approaches are ideal both in terms of the initial costs and the regular maintenance of the grounds. Additionally, they are not easily affected by weather elements such as rain that can damage both grass and clay tennis courts.

Towards the end of a large project

Most tennis courts are not constructed individually but as part of a larger project. In this case, the tennis court should be completed towards the end of the project. This is because it will prevent the damage of the tennis court in the course of construction. An example is a tennis court that is constructed next to a high rise tower. Some of the cement used to build the tower can regularly fall on the tennis court, and if artificial grass is used, you will have to replace the entire court. Constructing the tennis court at the end of the project ensures there are limited distractions to the process and materials used.

For the best results, consult with your tennis court builder to determine which type of material is ideal for you and the duration of the project.