Whether you're building a full-time home or a vacation cottage on your new seaside property, there are a few things you can do to help protect your structure and your landscaping features as the property ages. Here are a few important things that shouldn't be overlooked:
Build a Seawall
One of the most important things you can do to protect your new seaside property is to have a seawall built. Your seawall will help keep your property protected from strong swells during storms and can keep the property from flooding even in hurricane conditions. Marine construction seawalls can be built out of a variety of different materials such as concrete, vinyl, and even wood to complement the appearance of your structure and landscaping.
So your seawall doesn't have to stand out like a sore thumb. You can have it painted or accentuated to create a tropical design that gives your property more depth and creates more intrigue. And you can expect your seawall to help save you money on things like insurance as time goes on. Talk to a local seawall contractor to learn more about how a new seawall can save you money and give you peace of mind in the coming years.
Raise the Floor
You can further protect your new seaside structure by having the structure built on stilt legs so it sits several feet in the air. If any flooding does happen throughout the year, your home won't be touched by water and you can avoid having to face water damage that needs expensive repairs.
The floor can be anywhere from 10 to 20 feet in the air to gain optimal flooding protection and to gain an excellent view of the sea and your surrounding area. And the height will allow you to gain a bird's eye view of your own property and see who might be coming or going at any given time.
Cover Outdoor Areas
All the sun you'll likely be getting at your seaside property can quickly start damaging the stuff that's on your new property's yard. Your barbecue grill could get sun damaged during the summer and rusted due to rain during the winter. Your lawn furniture can start to fade and look old and worn before it's time. And even your concrete patio can start to crack thanks to UV rays.
Luckily, you can easily protect your most used outdoor areas by simply putting covers over them. Build a covered gazebo over the barbecue and picnic area. Install a retractable awning over the concrete porches and patios. And place some portable stand-alone umbrellas in the yard so they can be easily placed over items like lounge chairs that might get moved around a lot.