When is it Time to Build Your Own Dock?

Building a dock at your lake property can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Sure, it's a lot of work and it takes time to build a dock, but once it's done, you'll have a perfect place to relax in your backyard. Whether you're looking for a place to fish or just enjoy some time with friends, building your own dock will give you that special spot that makes life worth living.

The Big Picture

Docks are a great investment, but they can be expensive. You might want to build your own dock if you want to save money, or simply because it's something that would interest you. If so, here are some things to consider:

  • The cost of materials and labor will vary depending on where you live and how much work needs to be done. In most cases, though--especially with smaller docks--the costs will likely be higher than if you were hiring someone else (unless they're doing shoddy work).
  • There are many different types of docks based on what kind of boat(s) they're intended for as well as personal preferences such as privacy screens and storage space available at home versus location of dock site relative proximity.

The Pros

  • Docks are great for storing all your “lake toys” and grant you immediate access to all of them.
  • Docks are great for swimming, fishing and just catching some rays.
  • Docks are great for relaxing, whether you're alone or with friends and family; it's a chance to slow down and enjoy life without the stress of work or school hanging over your head!
  • The dock can also be a meeting place where community members gather to socialize, share stories about their day-to-day lives, or just watch the sunset together.
  • Docks will increase the value of your property.

The Cons

  • Docks can be expensive to build.
  • Docks require a lot of upkeep in repair and maintenance.
  • Private dock vs. public or community marina is a tough decision.
  • An individual must be careful to follow all state laws and regulations.
  • Property taxes and insurance will go up.

Expenses for Building a Dock

Building a dock is no easy task. It takes patience, planning and hard work to get the job done right. But once you have your own dock in place, it will be well worth all the effort!

The first step to building your own dock is determining how much money you'll need for materials. It's important to calculate this carefully so that you don't end up spending more than necessary or not having enough funds for other things (like buying food). You should also consider asking friends or family members if they have any materials lying around that could be used for free--this could save you quite a bit of money!

Once the budget has been set, make sure that all necessary permits have been acquired from local authorities before starting construction on site.   Otherwise, there may be fines involved later down line after completion of project.

Time, Space, and Upkeep

  • How much time will it take to build a dock?

If you're the DIY type, this could be a fun weekend project (many weekends LOL). But if not, then hiring a contractor might make more sense. Either way, there are plenty of factors that go into deciding when it's time to build your own dock: how much space do you have? Do you want an open or closed structure (and do either option affect costs)? Are there any regulations in place where your dock will be located that may prohibit certain types or sizes of docks from being built on certain bodies of water?

  • How much space does my dock need?

The size and shape of your boat will determine how big or small your new dock needs to be! You will also need to determine what else you will be storing on the dock as well as what type of entertainment will occur there.

  • How much upkeep will my dock need?

Owning your own dock is exactly like owning another small home.  Cleaning  your dock is a big chore throughout the lake season.  Maintenance and upkeep becomes a big undertaking during the off-season.  

Docks make a real difference in your life.

A dock is a great investment for your home. It can be used for all kinds of purposes, from boating and fishing to swimming and relaxing. Docks are also an excellent way to relax on those hot summer days when you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Building your own dock is a big decision, and it's not one you should take lightly. If you have the money and time to do it, then go for it! But if not, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy being on the water without having to build something yourself.