How Much Does an In-Home Bowling Alley Cost?
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An in-home bowling alley can be installed in a home and usually consists of one or two lanes. Some people say that it is too extreme to have an in-home bowling alley, but to bowling enthusiasts, it could seem to be a necessity. Though many do not show a hint of appreciation for bowling, an in-home bowling alley might be the thing you need to keep your family and guests entertained. In addition, this eliminates you having to go to the bowling alley once or twice a week to get your bowling fix
How much does it cost?
- On average, an in-home bowling alley complete with labor and supplies can retail anywhere from $60,000 to as much as $350,000. Generally, the more lanes and features that you want, the more expensive it can get. Also, you have to factor in the room of your home. For rooms that need to be altered for lanes, the work can get rather expensive.
- The website of FusionBowling.com, a company expert in custom boutique and residential bowling alley installation, shares various rates for residential bowling alleys. For instance, a single lane installation with a “Bare Bones” package costs about $75,000 to $79,000. If you choose to have a pair of lanes installed, you are charged around $112,000 to $119,000. They also have the “Mr. Popular” package that retails for $93,000 to $98,000 for a single lane and $140,000 to $147,000 for a pair of lanes. Their “Old School” package costs $92,000 to $107,000 for a single lane and $138,000 to 160,000 for a pair of lanes. Lastly, their “Rockstar” package costs $113,000 to $118,000 for a single lane and $170,000 to $177,000 for a pair of lanes. Each package offers different features that may or may not be important to you.
- In an article on LuxuryLaunches.com, you get to have your own home bowling alley for only $88,000.
What is going to be included?
- Installation varies depends on what clients want. With some packages such as the FusionBowling.com packages noted above, there is an unlimited consultation and planning with the architect, owner and the builder. While some companies include installation prices as part of their package, some may charge more for complex setups and rooms.
- Most companies will perform a pre-installation and post-installation site visit. During this visit, they will be able to tell you exactly what they can do and if your home is suited for a bowling alley. Some companies charge for this initial consultation while others do not.
- Most in-home setups will include a commercial grade lane with a wooden under-lane structure, and your home bowling alley will have something such as a 2-pin setter premium machine with a state-of-the-art grade motor. The lane color can usually be chosen by the homeowner.
What are the extra costs?
- You will be spending more if you choose to have automated pop-up gutter guard rails to be added in your lane. Customizing your pinsetter machine paint scheme will also be an added cost, especially if you want to have customized graphics on the deck shield.
- There are also other premium features that you can add to your lane such as audible foul detectors, LED lighting, scoring systems with flat panel TVs, etc.
- Do not forget to factor in the additional equipment such as bowling balls and pins. Over time, pins can go get worn and will need to be replaced.
- Lane oil will be needed to keep the lanes flowing smoothly.
- If things break down the road such as the pinsetter, a mechanic will be required in order to fix it.
- Furniture to add around the bowling alley such as chairs and tables is an important addition to your bowling alley.
Factors that influence the price:
- Lanes: A single lane is relatively cheaper compared to having 2 lanes. The more lanes, you want, the more you are going to have to pay. Most in-home bowling alleys have up to two lanes but no more than than.
- Customization: Home bowling alley installation companies charge more if you want customized pinsetter masking unit, color scheme on the bowling shoes and bowling balls.
Tips to know:
- You should have a big space for your in-home bowling alley. It should also have a good foundation and the ceiling height must be at least a certain height. Most of the time, you are going to have a room that is as long as 100 feet. With that being said, most homes in the world do not have the adequate space to cater a bowling alley. BrunswickBowling.com recommends a room that has 90′ x 11’6-6″ or 110′ x 11′-6″ of space.
- Know what “themed” room you should have. Be creative as much as you can. If you are unsure of what kind of theme you want, there are thousands of ideas on Google Images. If you are already going to spend this much money for an in-home bowling alley, you might as well spend a little more and get it to look exactly how you want it to.
Questions to ask:
- Are bowling balls and shoes included in the bowling alley equipment?
- How long will it take you to finish the installation?
- Is it possible to add more accessories like additional bowling balls?
- What should I do if the machine is broken or something else breaks? Do you offer any warranties?
- Is it necessary to keep the bowling alley climate-controlled?
How can I save money?
- Shop around. Go from one home bowling alley installation company to the other. If you want to get free quotes from the comfort of your home, you may want to consider services such as HomeAdvisor.com.