About Distinctive Design Construction
Distinctive Design Construction is a fully licensed and insured marine construction company specializing in docks, boat houses, boat hoists, bulkheads, and marine pile driving. We have all the equipment necessary for the job, including three pile driving machines and a water accessible barge.
Distinctive Design has been in business for over 25+ years. We are one of the few, if not the only, fully-insured marine construction company in St. Tammany Parish. We carry General Liability, Workers’ Compensation, and United States Longshore and Harbor (USL&H) Maritime Insurance.
You can trust Distinctive Design Construction to handle all of your waterfront and decking needs. We have simply unmatched quality and customer service provided by a family owned and operated business.
A Family Run Business
Owner Gerald Sauter has owned and operated a successful construction company since 1982. He personally visits every customer for every transaction—from estimate to completion of the job. Gerald also supervises every work site to ensure the job is completed correctly.
Gerald’s son, Brandon, has been by his dad’s side on job sites for as long as he can remember. While years ago his role was much different, today Brandon is foreman and operator of the company. Like Gerald, Brandon is on every job site to ensure customer satisfaction and a quality product is provided.
Fully Licensed & Insured
Distinctive Design Construction is one of the few in St. Tammany that is covered by United States Longshoremen’s and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Insurance (USL&H). Under the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, dock builders or marine contractors who build docks behind private homes, or who do any kind of marine construction, even if they are working two feet or less of “navigable water” must have USL&H insurance.
Failure to have USL&H coverage is not only against the law it puts the home or property owner at a great risk. Fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment are punishment under law for those not insured, not to mention the potential damages that an injured employee could be awarded by the courts if the employer is not properly covered!
Protect yourself by having only a properly insured company install your bulkhead, dock, boathouse, or hoist. You can only be sure you have a true copy of United States Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workman’s Compensation Insurance if it is sent to you direct from the insurance agent.