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piperl12

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Good Morning,
I thought the group might be interested in seeing some pictures of the cottage boathouse we started in Aug of this year. We put the finishing touches on it Friday and handed over the keys to the owners. This is the second boathouse my company has completed and I think this one turned out quite nice. Given everyones affinity to photo's and interest in what each other does I thought this might be an interesting post. Any feedback positive or negative is appreciated. I know there are some talented carpenters in the group so ideas for future projects are always welcome. Enjoy!






 

pruss

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Nice looking boathouse! One thing I've always wondered, when seeing these from the lake, is how they hold up to the big freeze? I've seen ice just wreck docks that weren't pulled early enough. Do structures like this rely on heavy duty pilings to see them through winter?
Thanks for sharing this with us.
-- Pat

 

piperl12

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Hi Pat,
Yes you are bang on. There are pilings that are driven deep into the bedrock below. It typically takes nearly as long to prep the site and drive the pilings as it does to frame the structure. We did site prep the first week of Aug and it was the last week of Aug when we started framing. The roof took quite a while due to all the cedar shake shingles.

 

shutterbug

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That is a gorgeous cottage. I would hate to imagine how much it costs especially in Lake Muskoka. The price you pay for being two hours away from the city...

Good job, and I only wish that when my cottage is being built, it is with such great craftsmanship as shown above.
Shutterbug

 

pruss

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There are pilings that are driven deep into the bedrock below.
Thanks Piperl12. How do you get down there? Pile driver and steel? Lots of sonotube and concrete? That has to be a tricky operation.
And I agree entirely with Shutterbug. That's a boathouse to dream about.
-- Pat

 

piperl12

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Thanks guys, there are two main ways to build a base for a boathouse. The first is using a barge mounted pile driver. Looks like a big slide hammer typically piles will go down around 20+ feet. This lake was fairly easy because there was a lot of rock that wasn't too deep. The second method which is gaining popularity again in this area is cribs. Essentially a metal or wooden frame work that is held into place with aluminum rods. I have seen two level boat houses that you could live in and some people up here do that are built on cribs. It all depends on the needs of the customer and more and more the bylaws of the area you are building in. The crib is usually back filled with crushed stone and rock. Both methods work. I tend to like a piling system myself. I think it keeps things in place better especially around areas of heavy outflow of ice in the spring.

 

pruss

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Thanks for that explanation, mate. I appreciate the insight greatly. One of those small niggling questions in life is now answered.
Cheers,
-- Pat

 
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