When last we saw Deltec homeowners John and Kathy Guerin, it was 2010 and they had just finished building their dream home on the Jersey shore. Little did they know that not even two years later, their desire for a home that was “resistant to the winds coming off the Bay” would be put so severely to the test.
The 2,000-square-foot home is situated squarely on Delaware Bay, offering panoramic views of the water and wetlands. In anticipation of seasonal high water, the two-story house stands on pilings six feet off the ground. Unlike many homes along this beach, the Guerins, in defense of their ocean view and with complete trust in their Deltec, opted to skip erecting a bulkhead in front of their home. When Hurricane Sandy slammed the New Jersey coast last fall, the Guerins witnessed the true hurricane resistance of their Deltec: Although many nearby properties, even those ‘protected’ behind a bulhead, suffered significant water and wind destruction, the only damage to their home was a single turned-up shingle on the roof. Indeed, the bulkheads themselves were destroyed so as to be useless.
“The house withstood the storm very well,” said John Guerin to the press. “That’s one of the reasons we chose the Deltec design.”
Sandy was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. With the forecasters expecting 2013 to be an above average hurricane season, you can bet many will be keeping their eyes on Deltec Homes.