January 27th, 2022

In all of the hustle of running a business, it's not often we slow down long enough to share our stories.

Earlier this year, I was honored to spend an hour and a half with John Lea from Decksouth. I've known John since my early 20's. I've always admired his work, and it's been motivating to watch his business grow over the last two decades.

To John, thank you for allowing us to tell your story. This was that "Once in a lifetime project" that will inspire every builder reading this that there comes a time in your career that you just need to tell yourself: "I deserve this!" ... "We can actually do this!" ... and "We can do this again... and again!"

To our readers, John will be attending our event on March 24th and 25th in Clearwater Beach, FL. We encourage you to take the time out of your crazy schedules to have these important conversations with the guys and gals that get it. The folks that put everything on the line to prove to themselves (and their teams) that they are worth it. John and many others will be there, willing and eager to speak to you. Get your tickets, and check out John's full story below.


-Heather A. Marchand
Director of National Programs & Marketing

Decksouth Wins First Place at NADRA’s 2020 National+ Deck Competition with an Impressive 1,000 Square Foot Project:

Built on a cliff in an exclusive neighborhood, the property had an existing 19’ tall retaining wall and a small backyard. With a national forest behind the property, the engaged owner felt that there was so much more potential for something special and wanted to go all in to make his visions a reality. Besides the 1,000 square foot Trex deck, the client wanted to incorporate a submerged hot tub on the upper level, install a fire pit, including a complete outdoor kitchen, an infinity-edge pool with a Riverflow current system, the list goes on. This project and client were a builder’s dream!

For Decksouth’s owner John Lea and his team, making a client’s vision come to life is always rewarding in itself. From mid-size projects to the largest-scale jobs, Decksouth provides the same attention to detail and craftsmanship in order to not only meet but also exceed expectations. As a result, the team won overall first place in NADRA’s 2020 National+ Deck Competition.

Before we jump into the project details, we wanted to speak with John to learn how a small-town boy from Georgia ended up winning the largest deck competition in the world. Read More

Learn more about this massive build from @Decksouth on NADRA's Blog.
You have until 2/22/22 to book your rooms at the lowest rate possible! Please book your rooms by 2/22/22

Learn more about our 2-day event by following the links below!

When: March 24th & 25th, 2022
Where: Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
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February 8th, 2022 from 9am - 1:30pm EST - Webinar

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