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Boat Houses

Investing in a boat house for storing your vessel is an excellent idea. They are often constructed on piers, which are structures extending into the water from the shore. These piers are made of wood or metal and usually include a ramp for easy boat access. A ladder is also attached for those who want to get into their boats from the shoreline.

When deciding on the best boat house style, ensure it matches your preferences. Remember to consider essential factors such as the type of your boat, your budget, and whether you’ll require a land connection.

Different Types of Boat Houses

Mobile [Cruising] Houseboats

Cruiser houseboats come with sails or fuel engines and are perfect for travel on smaller waterways. These floating homes provide the perfect vacation escape but can also be lived in year-round.

Immobile [Non-cruising] Houseboats

Immobile houseboats are stationary houseboats that are usually anchored, moored, or tied up on the dock. Also known as static houseboats or floating houses, they can be used as vacation homes or permanent homes as they have no propelling device.

Different Types of Boat Houses:

Pontoon / Floating Home / Full Hull / Luxury Houseboat / Yacht / Kerala Houseboats / Canal Style / River Houseboat / Barge

Boat Lifts

Looking to make your boating experience even smoother? A boat lift is a device used to raise and lower boats out of or into the water. They can be powered by hydraulics, electricity, gas, or diesel engines.

Types of Lifts

Bottom Standing

A bottom vertical lift is a common type of boat lift that raises boats from the water’s edge to dock level. The bottom vertical lift is harder to operate compared to other types and may not be suitable for large or heavy boats or situations with limited manpower.


A set-back lift generally has two towers. It has an overhead beam that has chains or cables running between them. A motorized pulley system instructs the platform at the bottom to move up and down.


The top-lifting design is perfect for tight spaces and is installed on the side of a dock or between two docks. It is commonly found in small marinas with limited space or when ports are in close proximity. Unlike bottom lifting mechanisms that rely on hydraulics, the top lifting mechanism is powered by an electric motor.


Tower Lifts

The most common type is the tower lift, which consists of an arm extending out over the water at an angle of 50 to 80 degrees. The boat is attached to the arm by clamps at each end. The hydraulic arm on the tower raises and lowers the boat.


An in-ground lift is a boat lift with cable towers set into concrete foundations. This design offers several advantages, particularly for those who want to maintain the aesthetics of their lawns or gardens around their boathouse without cable towers obstructing the view.

Boat Docks & Decks

Whether your property borders an ocean, lake, or river, you must have thought of building a boat dock. Owning a dock has several benefits for businesses and homeowners alike.

A private boat dock increases property value and provides unrestricted water access. It offers better security and slip availability for your watercraft. Unlike public docks, a private dock allows for additional leisure activities like kayaking, swimming, and relaxing while enjoying the sunset over the water.

Removable Boat Docks

Floating Docks

Floating docks are versatile, prebuilt platforms that can adapt to changing water levels. They rest on airtight drums and require minimal licensing. These docks are unobtrusive, allowing installations underneath without submerging them. They can remain in the water year-round, except during severe storms, when they can be temporarily removed for safety.


Dock Builder

Dock Builder Seawalls are passive flood protection structures that use the natural characteristics of coastlines to guard against floods. They don’t rely on mechanical systems and allow flood flows to pass through. Seawalls minimize erosion from ocean waves and redirect waves away from land, providing protection for canals and bays.

Examples of Seawalls

Cobble Boulder

Cobbles are an easy find along lakeshores. They are popular in less demanding areas that do not have strong waves. The cobble boulder comes from large rocks stacked over a mound of dirt, rubble, and small stones. The stones are then piled in open spaces to allow water to flow.


Vertical Walls

These are upright and sturdy walls that block ocean waves from eroding the coastline. They are easy to construct and provide adequate protection from the waves. Vertical walls are common since they are easier to build compared to other types of sea walls.

Metal Roofing

Today, metal roofing is becoming one of the most popular options for new construction and replacement roofs. While dock builders were once used mainly for commercial projects, today that’s not the case.

Benefits of Metal Roofing


Metal roofing offers homeowners a long lifespan, which makes it a popular choice. It can last as long as the house itself, with an expected lifespan of 40 to 70 years. Metal roofs are highly durable and resistant to elements like high winds and rust. In contrast, asphalt roofing typically lasts only 12 to 20 years.


Metal is extremely lightweight. Because of this, you can install it (in many situations) on the existing roof deck. Also, it is possible to install the metal roof directly over the asphalt roof, which saves you the cost of tear-off and disposal.

Fast & Easy Installation

Metal roofing offers the advantage of fast and easy installation. Thanks to its size, width, length, and lightweight nature, metal roofing is easy to handle. It comes in single sections or panels ranging from 12 to 36 inches wide, allowing for quick and straightforward installation.

Low Maintenance

Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofing requires much less maintenance. This means you don’t have to spend as much of your own time or resources on regular roofing maintenance. This will help you save a lot of time, money, and effort in the long run.

Energy Efficient

Do you want to reduce some of your bills? If so, a metal roof may help you achieve that goal. Installing a metal roof can help you save up to 30% per month on cooling costs.


Modern metal roofing has evolved to offer stylish and aesthetically appealing options beyond traditional corrugated sheets. Standing-seam metal roofing is commonly chosen, but there are other styles available as well. Some metal roofing options can mimic the look of wood shakes, clay tiles, and slate, allowing homeowners to enjoy the benefits of metal while complementing their home’s architectural style.


Asphalt shingles contribute to fossil fuel dependency and landfill waste, while metal roofing offers a sustainable alternative. Made with 25% recycled materials and fully recyclable, metal roofs support eco-conscious initiatives like rainwater harvesting and solar panels. They can be installed over existing asphalt shingles, reducing waste removal and landfill accumulation. Choose metal roofing for a sustainable and environmentally-friendly choice.


If you are generally happy with the location of your home but it’s not quite meeting your current needs, remodeling your home or making an addition can greatly improve your quality of life. Not only will a remodel benefit you in the short term, but when you decide to sell your home, you will find the value has significantly increased.

Reasons to Remodel

Make Your Home More Comfortable & Enjoyable

This is the most obvious reason why people undertake a remodel, and really, any remodel should meet this requirement. We spend a lot of time at home, particularly in recent times, so our homes should be a place of respite and rejuvenation.

Fixing a Safety Issue

Suppose your house has suffered damage from a storm or other natural disaster or is older and needs a refresh. In that case, a remodel can address things like a leaking roof, electrical or plumbing issues, or structural problems.

Lifestyles Changes

During the pandemic, many people worked from home. However, a trend toward working from home had begun long before and will likely continue in the years to come. This means many people need to remodel to accommodate a home office or other workspace within their homes.

Expanding Your Family or Empty Nesting

Perhaps you need an additional bedroom to accommodate a new baby or have kids who are getting older and demanding more personal space. On the other end of the spectrum, if your kids have grown up and left home, you might consider converting some spaces to support your own hobbies or interests.

Improving Energy Efficiency/Sustainability

Old houses often lack adequate insulation in the walls and have single-pane windows. Beefing up your insulation and installing newer windows can greatly cut your energy costs, which in turn is better for the environment.

Out-of-date Home

Fixtures and finishes can look dated after a decade or more, or you may simply want to change things up and go in a different direction. A home remodel can focus on aesthetic improvements rather than more drastic changes.

Increasing Home Value Before Selling

If you plan to sell your home in the near future, a strategic remodel can greatly increase its value. Improving your home’s curb appeal, refreshing the kitchen and baths, and finishing out an attic or basement into additional livable space all instantly add value to your home.

Adding More Space/Improving Layout

An addition is one step beyond a renovation and gives you a chance to add that extra space you’ve been lacking, whether that is a family room, dining room, or extra bedroom. Or perhaps your house feels like a maze, and taking down a few walls and opening up the spaces could make all the difference.

Accommodating Aging or Disabled Family Members

If you have members of your household who are aging or disabled, a renovation may be needed to make your home more accessible, including installing ramps, et cetera.

Before You Begin Your Remodel

Identify your categories and create a list of project goals. Revise it as needed, but keep it as a reference.

Seek inspiration from home magazines, Pinterest, or websites showcasing homes and interiors you like. Create a mood board to identify themes and incorporate ideas into your project.

Carefully consider your home’s usage and layout. Determine your ideal arrangement and take into account factors such as sunlight, views, and existing furniture.

Choose between remodeling a single room or the entire house, considering future changes and potential resale. Opt for timeless updates rather than solely following current trends for wider appeal.

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