A Sports Court Garage in Chanhassen

With three lively boys, now aged 10 to 16, these Chanhassen homeowners considered a Sports Court an absolute must going into the design-build process with Elevation Homes and Andrea Swan, principal of Swan Architecture. But issues with the lot near Lake Riley made the usual below-the-garage Sports Court a non-starter. Then inspiration struck during a design meeting with the builder, architect, and homeowner: creating three stalls in the four-car garage that easily convert to a Sports Court—a collaborative brainstorm that hit upon a particularly smart use of space. The boys simply rinse the heated floor in the winter when road gook collects (there’s a handy hose and a trough drain along the front to collect runoff). They’re good to go for shooting hoops, skateboarding, playing catch with lacrosse sticks, practice hitting baseballs and tennis balls, or just hanging out, says their mom. With six windows along the back wall, natural light pervades, whether the space is being used to park, play, or dance. “The team did such a good job on it,” she says. “I just love it! It changed my life!”

Three out of four garage stalls convert to a Sports Court. (Steve Henke)

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