The other day I got to talking to a friend, Greg Horn, who builds docks. His company is Pacific Dock Builders, LLC. Greg lives and works primarily in Lakewood, which is Shangri La if you are a dock builder because wherever you are in Lakewood you’re near a lake. He estimated that two out of every three homes on Lake Steilacoom, for example, have a dock, many of which are in pretty sad shape because they were not built to last. The docks Greg is building today will be here 40 or 50 years, and the steel pilings they sit on at least twice that long. For the decking, Greg recommends TimberTech, a durable decking product that also resists slipping. Typical docks are 8 feet wide and about 30 feet long. They can run from $10,000 to $20,000.
Docks are an investment, both in your own personal enjoyment and in your property’s value. You want a dock to function well, look good and last a lifetime. I believe it makes sense to do it right. Here are some examples of the docks that Pacific Dock Builders has built. If you would like to get in touch with Greg Horn, let me know. Let me also take this opportunity to tout a beautful home that our team is offering on Lake Steilacoom. It does not have one of Greg’s docks at present, but it does feature an Aqua-Lift, which is handy for keeping the underside of your boat clean. Here is a link to the virtual tour: Lakefront home offered at $550,000.