Looking for a way to entertain your family and friends without having to spend a fortune? If so, you’ve arrived at the right place! In this article, we will discuss the step-by-step process of building a home hockey rink, including where to get the materials, what size to make it, and how to lay out the rink.
Step 1: Determine Where You Will Build It
The first thing you need to do is decide where you will build the rink. It’s important to consider the size of the area you have to work with, as well as the space you have for the pool. You also need to think about the weather conditions in your area. Are you in a place where it gets a lot of snow, rain, or cold winds?
If you’re trying to save money, you might want to consider building the rink in your backyard. You can do this by digging a small area (about 5-6 feet by 5-6 feet) and placing an ice maker in it. You’ll also need to collect ice every day to keep the ice maker working. You can store the extra ice in your freezer until it melts, which saves you money when you compare it to buying it at the store.
Step 2: Get The Materials
Now that you have your location, you can start collecting the materials. You’ll need to get three different types of lumber: 2×6’s, 2×8’s, and 4×4’s. You can get these materials from your local home improvement store or lumber yard. Be sure to get the proper licenses and permits for whatever local building restrictions there are. You should also get subfloors and insulation if you don’t have these materials already.
Step 3: Cut And Dry Fit The Skate Space
Once you have all your materials collected, you can start cutting and drilling the rink area. Take your time and do this carefully so you don’t make any mistakes. Once you’re done cutting and drilling, you can use metal flashing to cover the holes and cracks in your walls. A lot of home improvement stores offer a variety of metal flashing so you can choose something that suits your needs.
After you’ve covered the walls and floor with the appropriate materials, you can hang up the drywall for the interior and lay down some tile or concrete for the exterior (for a professional looking finish). Keep in mind that the finish will affect how your rink functions so take your time and do it right.
Step 4: Install The Icemaker
Now that you have a drywall walled in area where you can skate, you need to install the ice machine. The best type of ice maker for this purpose is an under-counter style that fits below your cabinet’s surface. You can also choose an outdoor-mount style that’s made from steel and has the capacity to make a large amount of ice.
If you live in a colder region, you might want to choose a heat-exchange type of ice maker that allows you to set the temperature of the ice. This type of machine is usually larger in size and has a much higher price tag. Using a heat-exchange ice maker will ensure that your ice is always perfectly frozen and won’t melt even if it’s left out for a few moments.
Step 5: Finalize And Coat The Rink Area
When you’re done with the ice maker, it’s time to move on to the last step. This is where you’ll paint the rink area and complete the landscaping. You can choose from a variety of ice surface coatings that are designed to make your ice look more like the genuine article.
There are pros and cons to building a rink in your backyard. You obviously want to do this if you think it will entertain your family and friends, but you have to be careful about the local building codes and be sure to get the proper permits. Aside from that, making a home rink is an easy, fun project for your kids to help out with. As long as they’re not controlling the hockey stick, they’ll have a blast.