Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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What if I want to build something other than the standard cookie cutter boathouse?

Every dock a boathouse we build is customized to suit your design preference, as well as to your specific property, watercraft and lifestyle needs.

How far does my property on Lake Gaston extend into the water?

Dominion Power controls the water and shoreline of Lake Gaston in both NC and VA. They own the property up to what is considered the “High Water Mark”. This is the property line between your lake lot and Dominion’s property.  Easement restrictions require permits be issued prior to building any structure on Dominion Power property. We offer full turn key services which include all Dominion permitting for your project.

Do I have to obtain my own permits, and how much will that cost?

Both the county and Dominion Power require the proper permits be issued prior to construction.  Lakeland Pier will obtain all required permits on your behalf. The average cost of the Dominion Power permits range from $600-$800 depending on the scope of the project.  The cost of County permits are included in your contract price.

What makes Lakeland Pier and Boathouse Company different from other boathouse builders?

Lakeland Pier does not cut corners. We have built our reputation by following strict construction practices that meet or exceed all building code and safety regulations required by law. Every project has site specific engineered drawings for both VA and NC.  We only use Grade A materials. We structurally reinforce all tall pilings, girders and roof support systems. All connections are bolted in place with hot dipped galvanized hardware. 

Why are the pilings so important?

The pilings are critical for creating the foundation support for the structure. Our pile driving barge was built to have the most accurate piling placement possible. Pilings are driven into the lake floor to refusal. This ensures a stable foundation for your new pier and boathouse.

What kind of options should I consider when planning my boathouse?

Structural considerations are the first to think about. Think about the style and color of the roof, deck and siding materials you will need to choose. Consider how you will use the space for entertaining, water activities and storage including the type and number of watercraft to be housed. Choices of features and finishings are limited only by your imagination and budget. Careful thought and consideration early in the process can save valuable dollars in the long run.