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Dear Cottage Works & Foam Works Customers,

This morning, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order for the State of Michigan.  As part of the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will have to temporarily suspend our operations for three weeks, as directed.  This announcement will affect our ability to have your lakefront equipment (docks, boat lifts, boats) at your cottages/homes ready for the season as early as you would typically expect.  Also, a number of you are patiently awaiting deck and seawall construction projects.  These too will have to wait until we can resume operations and get caught up on the seasonal lakefront equipment installation work.  

The only portion of our service offering that we can currently continue is our Spring Energizing (Water Turn-on) Service.  FYI – see the Essential Work List from the CISA at the link below.

If you are using our crew for your Spring Energizing (Water Turn-on) Service, we would prefer that you DO NOT enter your cottage/home prior to our Technician’s visit.  We also require that if you are home, you follow the social distancing guidelines while our Technician energizes your home.  In fact, we would prefer that you stay out of your house while we perform our work.  Conversely, our Technicians will be wearing gloves and a face mask while inside your premises.  If your cottage/home requires the local municipalities of Pere Marquette Township, Village of Pentwater or the City of Ludington to turn on your water meter prior to energizing, these organizations have discontinued their services until they are cleared by the Governor, hopefully on April 13th and we will be unable to energize your water system. 

Our retail shop will not reopen until mid-April, pending updates from the Governor.  On behalf of all of us at Cottage Works and Foam Works, we hope you and your family stay healthy and safe during this uncertain time.  We look forward to continuing to meet your lakeside living needs as soon as we are able and well into the future. 

Julie Van Dyke
Cottage Works Corp. & Foam Works, LLC
Shop: 231.233.7010 (no texting ability)

Lakeside Living Services

Our professional licensed & insured services will exceed your expectations.

Seasonal Dock & Lift In/Out Service

Seasonal full-service dock & lift install and removal. We take care of everything so you don’t have to.

New Dock & Lift Sales

We offer Bulmann, Twin Bay, Great Lakes Lifts, Wave Armor and Starr. From a simple one piece to complete living space on the water.

Winterizing / Energizing

Winterizing your cottage or home in the fall and energizing in the spring. Our goal is to have it appear as if it was never shut down at all and you can just move back in.

Deck Construction

Whatever your design or needs we can build it for you.


Want to add an additional bathroom? Transform your basement into an entertaining space? We can do it all for you. Since we have a builders license, we can do the complete remodel from start to finish.


Need additional storage space? Looking to expand your living space? As licensed builders we can complete the job from start to finish.

Permanent Docks

Want to keep your dock in year-round? We can build you a wood and/or composite deck to enjoy the entire year.


We install vinyl seawalls to protect your shoreline frontage. Prevents eroding and provides and elegant solution.

Mobile Shrink Wrapping

We will come to you and shrink wrap your boat. We can store it on your property or bring it to ours and deliver it back to you when you are ready.

Boat Storage

Drop your boat off or we can pick it up. We will shrink wrap it and store it on our property. We will then deliver it back to you when the time is right.


We can provide you with design and construction services. Our AutoCAD drawings are accepted by building/zoning departments and will allow us to obtain the permits required for the job. More than just the technical details, we can make your dream a reality.

Ground up deck construction

Main floor deck or create an awesome 2nd-floor balcony to enjoy the views. 

Railings (glass, wood or composite)

Looking to update the look of an existing deck or space? We can design and build custom railings. Have an idea? Let us know and we can create a plan to incorporate your idea.

Small Barns / Sheds

You can never have enough storage! Let us craft a space that will be perfect for what you need. 

Small Electrical Projects

Want to get electrical down to that fridge by the beach? We can help!

Dock Repair

As docks age, they need to be replaced. But you can extend the life of your dock by repairing it as needed.

Walkways, Stairs, Patios & Retaining Walls

Extending a walkway from your home to the beach is a great way to keep the dirt at bay. Want to incorporate a patio to your property? We can do that too. Specializing in retaining walls to keep the water from eroding your beach front. 

Spray Foam & Cellulose Insulation


Property care services including:


Inside and/or outside painting and staining. Decks, furniture or interior rooms as well.

Boat Maintenance

This includes: Put in, take out, winterizations & cleanup (out-board motors only). 

Cottage / Home Winterization & Energizing

Fall Winterizing and Spring Energizing. Our goal is to have it appear as if it was never shut down at all, and you can just move back in. 

Dock Installation & Removal

Dock Installation & Removal. Have the peace of mind to know that your docks are being taken care of. 


Job Well Done!

I’d like to thank you for the great service we have received.  It’s great to have a prompt and reasonable contractor available.  Thanks again for a job well done.

Steve – Big Star Lake

You are appreciated!

We arrived at the cottage yesterday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. and noticed the job was complete.  Thanks!   We really appreciate your dependability in doing the job when you commit to it as well as doing it when you say you are going to. Your business will do well with the professionalism you have in running it!
Thanks again Dann…… are appreciated!!!

Leon & Jan – Gunn Lake

What a Relief!

After over twenty years of putting in and taking out our own docks each year, we used Cottage Works to take out the docks last fall. What a relief to be able to get that big job done without having to get our son and friends to help us. We plan to have Dann and his crew put the docks back in this spring, and can’t wait to go to our cottage and see that huge job done for us.

Dick – Ford Lake, Fountain

Best Customer Service!

Dann, thank you so much for your concern for the house and warming it up before treating. And a big thank you for taking the time to take pics of the driveway. It really helps us out so much. You guys have the best customer service!

Steve & Pam