Decked out: It all started with replacing our deck. We just wanted to replace our deck and thought maybe we’d get a fire pit or a fountain.
Moving ahead: Our daughter, Sam, is on the varsity soccer team at Maryvale with [Maxalea landscaping co-owner] Dave McWilliams’s daughter. One day, I saw my wife, Jeannine, up in the stands talking to Dave, and three days later, five guys were in my backyard shooting elevations. This whole thing was basically all Maxalea’s idea.
Slake his thirst: Once we saw the drawings of Lee Talboys, who does landscape design for Maxalea, I was like, ‘It doesn’t matter what it costs.’ We’d already drank the Kool-Aid.
Just do it: If you’re going to do something, you have to do it all the way—you have to commit to it. You want it to look good or why do it?
Rocking out: The stones around the waterfall are river stone. That’s why they are so smooth. The patio is bluestone. Firestarter: Before this, I would take a tin basin, fill it with firewood and set it on bricks—and that was our fire.
It’s Greco to me: Greco Bros. built the fireplace. Mr. Greco didn’t speak a lot of English, but he brought me his Italian wine, and I just trusted everything he said.
Like father, like son: I grew up in the city in Mayfield. My father was very picky about his yard and his cars. I guess I got that from him. If our Christmas trees had a bald spot, my dad would take a branch from somewhere else and put it on the tree. He did plastic surgery on the tree.
Change of pace: My goal was to have a place where I could enjoy Jeannine’s company and smoke a cigar. I slow down when I’m out here