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Dive In: David Ash Jr. Landscape Contractors Now Installing Pools

Sep 14, 2018
Courtesy of: David Ash Jr. Landscape Contractors

The time to plan for next summer’s backyard pool party is right now. David Ash Jr., owner of David Ash Jr. Landscape Contractors, at 908 Long Beach Blvd. in Surf City, encourages local homeowners to reach out within the next couple of weeks if they’re interested in dipping their toes in their own brand-new in-ground pool by next Memorial Day.

Ash added pools to the company’s repertoire this year, though it does have almost two decades of experience with pool installation – swimming pools, lap pools, plunge pools, spas, water features – in addition to Ash’s nearly 30 years as a contractor on Long Beach Island, providing services such as landscaping, hardscaping and yard maintenance.

The senior Ash was a prominent builder on LBI in 1970s and ’80s who resided on the Island’s north end. After high school, the younger Ash worked as a project manager for his father’s company before pursuing a career in law enforcement.

However, as the company website, lbilandscaper.com, explains, Ash’s “passion for landscaping drew him back to his design-build roots and facilitated the establishment of his LBI landscape firm.”

“His vision of the company was built around putting the client’s interest first and measuring the company’s success through customer satisfaction.”

As Ash noted: “We dig a little deeper; we’re not just surface landscapers.”

Ash and his designer meet with all customers to determine their vision for a pool addition to the home, just as he does for all landscaping and outdoor living area projects. “We like to learn how they live,” how they currently use their outside space, and how they foresee utilizing it, he said. Then he and his team will assess the property and make recommendations – based on habits, size constraints, sun and wind considerations and more – ultimately meshing the customer’s wishes with the company’s expertise.

Homeowners can go simple, with a smaller rectangular pool, or go all out, with a custom-shaped pool, cascades, fountains, glass perimeter tile, or whatever else the imagination can hold.

The area around the pool also receives comprehensive attention: landscaping, hardscaping, lighting, irrigation and carpentry. Ash employs 10 full-time carpenters who build everything from pergolas to pavilions to high-end outside showers, with the best and newest innovations in indoor/outdoor living.

“Striving to realize your unique vision, (Ash’s) team blends composition, texture and color to elevate your property’s value and appeal,” the website explains. “David’s designs are not only distinctively creative but his knowledge will address any technical needs for a challenging landscape project. Dave takes pride in his team’s production, and enjoys watching each distinct vision become a reality.”

On LBI, said Ash, pool installers need to consider the water table, which is why hiring an experienced local contractor is important. “That saltwater just wants to penetrate and eat away,” he remarked.

A fiberglass pool, the shell of which is prebuilt by a manufacturer, is “a great product because the maintenance is low,” said Ash. The material is impermeable, and avoids algae buildup, and the wear on the finish and color is very low. This type of pool is also relatively fast and easy to install, the texture is smooth to the touch, and there are many ready-made sizes and shapes.

For fiberglass pools, Ash works with the family-owned and -operated Leisure Pools, one of the world’s largest composite swimming pool manufacturers.

Gunite pools, meanwhile, use a rebar framework sprayed over with a mixture of concrete and sand. Gunite is durable, and can be formed into any size or shape to fit a customer’s custom desires: extra long, extra deep, very particularly shaped. These pools, though, have rougher texture, and are more porous, more vulnerable to the shore elements, and harder to keep algae-free and free from wear and fading.

There is, however, a new product – a very fine pebble finish sprayed over the gunite, instead of traditional plaster, to make it less rough – available from the supplier PebbleTec.

Ash and his team design the gunite pools to a homeowner’s specifications, and then work with Brunetti pools to bring the design into actuality.

Whatever the project, David Ash Jr. Landscape Contractors will manage all details, from town regulations to permits, and will guide homeowners through the many details and decisions.

Ash recommends contracting a pool project now, as this summer ends, since the design and the work – which can’t be done when the ground is too cold – takes some time.

As the company website points out, “A pool is an investment that reaps rewards season after season. Provide entertainment for yourself and your guests in your own backyard.”

Turn vision into reality, and make a splash.

For more information, call 609-494-7007 or visit lbilandscaper.com.

Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

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