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JON

While studying Civil Engineering at Rowan University, I never gave a thought to starting a deck building business. That was until my summer job in 2004, when I realized my passion working with a local construction company that specialized in deck building. I have always taken satisfaction in a job well done. To me, there is no greater satisfaction then stepping back when a job is complete and admiring what I have accomplished. This is the reason I love building decks.

During that first summer I was earning my stripes as the kid getting coffee, running to the truck for tools and cleaning the jobsite. By 2006 I was a sales representative for the company and building the projects I sold. From digging holes to dealing with regional material reps, I was able to experience every facet of deck building. Since 2004 I have designed and built award winning custom decks and have assisted with over 200 projects from concept to completion. Almost every project has been built alongside Scott Winchell, and in 2008 we established J&S Decks together.

Away from deck building I am an avid sports fan and participant. I am completely addicted to golf and the challenges the game presents, but still find time on the basketball court and baseball field. 

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SCOTT

I began my journey in woodworking at the age of fourteen, studying the basics of carpentry at Piscataway Vo-tech. The knowledge I obtained there landed me an apprenticeship with master craftsmen/cabinet maker Tom Jacob of Emil Jacob & Son. With Tom’s guidance I learned everything from custom cabinet making to total home restoration. After the four-year apprenticeship, I entered the world of home development with New Jersey’s #1 modular home installation team. During that time I developed a relationship with master deck builder Gustavo Delacruz and became a lead carpenter for Barrett Contracting. I spent a total of eight years perfecting the art of deck building. In that time, Jon Mignano and I became instant friends and formed a great deck building team. In 2008 we decided to form our own company, J&S Decks. Together we have been building state of the art custom decks ever since!

When not in the field building decks, I spend my nights and weekends as a professional musician. I like to think of myself as a fairly accomplished drummer, playing in some of New Jersey’s top bands. I also find time to restore and customize drum sets for other musicians in the tri-state area.

Whether I am building decks, playing the drums, or restoring drum kits, precision and craftsmanship are of the utmost importance to me. Unlike other trades, deck building allows my carpentry skills and attention to detail shine with each project J&S Decks builds.