Thursday, April 30, 2020

Spring Opening: Docks and Boathouses

With the spring breakup well underway and May just around the corner, the unofficial beginning of cottaging season on Lake of the Woods is nearly here. With our most recent big, beautiful boathouse project well underway on Storm Bay, we've already had a cabin's shoreline at the top of our minds. 

Winters in the Canadian Shield are no joke, often warping, damaging or outright destroying property when the ice sets in. 

With a solidly constructed boat house however, most of those concerns will be washed away, even by the time spring rolls around. A solid concrete or steel foundation will be too strong for most weather to create any major, lasting damage, and if your boathouse has lifts, you can protect your boats without having to pay for winter storage.

Similarly, most docking solutions are designed with winter flexibility in mind, with docks that are either on rails or are full detachable so the monumental power of a freeze can't use their own rigidity to bend or snap them.

If you find any problems on your waterfront this May spring that can't be fixed with a couple two-by-fours (and maybe a cocktail at happy hour) it might be time to invest in some more modern solutions to save on time, money, and your own sanity.

Have questions about Kenora builders, contractors, or interior cottage design? Please contact Bill Scurfield at or visit our website