Avoid the sharks; build a deck!

shark teethLittle did the producers of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week know, but their 2015 homage to the scariest denizens of the deep would coincide with one of the most active shark attack periods in the history of the Carolina coast. Whether you believe that the sharks are targeting humans or that they are just are having trouble distinguishing between people and bait fish, it has been a scary season for vacationers at the NC shore. Some folks are rethinking their annual beach trip in favor of watching Shark Week from the comfort of their new Piedmont Triad porch, patio or deck.

Sun and sand can be a wonderful way to spend your summer holiday, but we tend to forget some of the downsides. Rental of an oceanside home in a place like Nags Head or Oak Island for a week can easily set you back more than $2,000. The sand gets everywhere, the sun burns your skin, and, if you are leary of sharks, you might not feel comfortable venturing out into the surf. This year has also been unusually rainy which really puts a damper of the fun. What if you used that $2,000+ as a down payment on a new outdoor living space in your yard?

shark finHere are some more great reasons to add a new deck or porch this summer and head for your beach vacation next summer.

First off, you would use that space to make memories for years to come, not just for one week. You would be making an investment in your home that would increase its value to you now and to a future buyer down the road, putting some of that money back in your pocket. Instead of spending time in a place decorated to someone else’s taste, you would have the opportunity to create a custom relaxation haven designed especially for you.

If a storm rolls in and you are sitting on your new Winston Salem screened porch, you can revel in the majesty and the power of nature from the comfort of your dry, safe space. When it pours rain at the beach, you often feel frustrated and cheated. News footage about sharks furrows worry lines on your forehead when you weigh whether or not to get in the water the next day. Watching Shark Week pairs well with popcorn when viewed from the comfort and safety of your new Greensboro deck or patio.

This year, don’t pack up the suitcases, groceries, and board games to haul to the beach. Stay in place and invest the money you would spend on gas, food, lodging, meals out, and ill-advised hermit crab purchases in a new place where you can relax and make wonderful memories with family and friends year-round. You’ll still be hosting cookouts and gathering around the fire pit long after we’ve all forgotten about the summer of the sharks.

John Mallard, owner of Archadeck of the Piedmont TriadIf you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can transform the look of your home, contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad. Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, piedmonttriad@archadeck.net.