In the late 1990s I had a pool put in my backyard and subsequently had to recreate the yard with rock, dirt, sod, and eventually fencing. It was a huge job and it looked nice but the pool was detached from the house. I didn’t like that. So during the winter of 1999-2000, a friend of mine from Kentucky, Jesse Miller, who was working here in Texas at the time, taught me how to build a deck. It was a project that almost overwhelmed the two of us but Jesse and I had worked together over the years and this wasn’t going to stop us.
The deck ended up being huge. Jesse often referred to it as the stage rather than a deck. It’s 24 feet wide near the back door and expands out over three major levels and two mini-level steps to where it meets the pool. At that point the deck is 40 feet wide. The design had to spread out from a 24’ glassed in porch to the length of a 40’ pool. In addition, it had to be contoured to the slope of the hill that the house and pool were built on. Not an easy task.
If that was all that we had to do, life would have been pretty simple, but we had the idea that we wanted to tie-in the upper deck off the master bedroom with this lower rear deck. That caused us to design and build a set of stairs leading up to the upper deck. If Jesse had not been there for this, the entire project would have come to a screaming halt. It was Jesse’s knowledge and skills that made this portion of the project even possible.
Over the next three months Jesse and I worked tirelessly after work and on weekends to get this job completed. I will forever be grateful to that guy for bringing my dream of a rear deck to reality. Kathy and I have really enjoyed that deck over the years and every time I sit out there I think of him and the effort it took to build this deck. Today Jesse is retired and living a very comfortable life with his wife Beverly on their farm in Kentucky. Congratulations, buddy.
And now that the staining is finally done, the deck looks just like new. It looks exactly like it did the day Jesse and I built it so many years ago.