Reprinted from The Liberty Hill Independent




Local Man Turns Love of Building Into Family-Owned Deck Business


By MERLE ROUILLARD Independent Writer


With construction roots that began when he was just a little boy in Ohio, Liberty Hill area resident Jim Kelton has been drawn to building ever since his father built the house he grew up in. Today, Jim combines his collective knowledge of building with a Computer Science Degree that he earned at Bowling Green State University to operate his family-owned business Kelton Deck.


After college, it was a job in the computer field that brought Jim to Austin where he met his wife-to-be Betzi. Building took up a large part of his spare time. Over the years though, Jim wanted to do something that was a little more tangible, something that he could get more satisfaction out of. As a result, combining his love of building and knowledge of computer design, Kelton Deck was created.


The business became a reality in August of 2003, created also out of Jim and his wife Betzi's desire to be more family oriented, closer to the community and their children, eight year old Daniel and ten year old Katie, and to have more control over their lives. Needed next was a place, which could provide them with a country atmosphere and a place where Betzi could ride her horses, just the right environment to suit their life-style. Liberty Hill was all that and fit their bill exactly!


Wooden decks, shade arbors, stone patios, covered porches, patios, and decks are the focus of Kelton Deck, although Jim does much more than that including handicapped access, railings, and fences. He also works in composites (a combination of plastic and wood fibers), which has become very popular as it is virtually maintenance free.


All of Jim's work is completely custom designed, complicated structures being a large part of the business and no problem, by the way, for him thanks to his extensive construction experience that is enhanced by a business and engineering background. The majority of the jobs are done by Jim himself, and one of the most important aspects of Kelton Deck, which is fully insured, is customer satisfaction.


Now-a-days, when Jim isn't building and Betzi isn't doing the accounting for the business, spare time is shared with Katie and Daniel in the areas of bicycling, soccer, swimming, volleyball, and horse back riding.


To learn more about Kelton Deck call (512) 924-5226, email Jim at jim@keltondeck, or visit his website at www and view beautiful examples of just what the business has to offer.