“When we saw Joe Ashton’s design for our pool and backyard we were floored! Nicole was GREAT with handling our design and material options and Brianne is always professional and responsive. Brian is our guy in the field, he is always ready to assist with any service and maintenance issues.” – Rob S.

Joe Ashton

What do you do in your down time? 
 
I try to take advantage of the beach life as much as I can. I like to swim in the ocean in the morning, and I love relaxing at the beach on Sundays with our friends and family. In the winter, I watch hockey and cheer on the Flyers. Additionally, my wife and I love art. We enjoy wandering into galleries, finding a great piece on a wall at a local restaurant, or admiring the collection at the Rehoboth Art League. I am also starting to travel more and to experience different cultures.       
 
What has been one of your favorite jobs?  
 
I’ve had the honor of working on so many residential and commercial projects over the years. We did the hardscaping and landscaping for the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Additionally, we designed and constructed a war memorial in Willow Grove, PA full of fountains and natural stone. It was a wonderfully peaceful space once it was complete. Moreover, the team did a beautiful job on Pilottown Road in Lewes, a project which we undertook for friends of ours. It was rewarding to see this project come together both professionally and personally, and we continue to enjoy the space with our friends when they hold charity functions and host their loved ones.
 
 

Nicole Bailey Ashton

What do you love most about your job? 
 
I love the process of meeting awesome people, watching Joe come up with creative, one-of-a-kind designs, and witnessing our team construct those designs. It is just fantastic to see our clients’ smiling faces as they enjoy their life outdoors by jumping into their new pool or firing up their new grill!   
 
What do you love most about living at the beach? 
 
I love being able to see the ocean every day, and I spend as much time on the beach as I can. I love it here year round, but I really love it when the weather starts to get warm again and people start heading to their beach houses. The energy in and around town really goes up!
 
What is your favorite part of the Ashton Group at the Beach process? 
 
I love to help clients pick out their materials. I think this is where our clients can really set their home apart from others and showcase their own style. It’s so much fun to find the perfect combination of natural stone, pavers, coping, pool tiles, and finishes! It’s equally fun when I get to work with the same clients again to design their landscaping plans. Here, I get to help them pick out the perfect trees and plants to provide as much interest or privacy as they desire.
 
 

Brianne Cunningham

What do you love most about your job? 
 
I love seeing our clients’ dreams come to life. We begin the process with just a spark of inspiration in a meeting, and then turn that spark into something tangible!
What do you love most about living at the beach? 
 
I love the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere at the beach. I love driving onto the beach with my Jeep and spending all day fishing with family and friends.
 
What is your favorite part of the Ashton Group at the Beach process? 
 
Being able to interact with our clients, vendors, and fans on social media adds an extra, personal touch. These interactions hopefully paint the perfect picture of our clients relaxing in the new outdoor space which we created just for them.
 
 

Jose Hernandez

What do you love most about your job? 
 
What I love most about my job is starting something from scratch and then building it into our clients’ dream project.
 
What’s your favorite plant or tree, and why? 
 
The tree I like most is the red maple, because in the fall it turns into a “firetree”.
 
What is your favorite part of the Ashton Group at the Beach process? 
 
I like when we get to start laying the flatwork/hardscape materials. For me, this is when the project really comes to life for the clients. They get to see the materials they picked out with Nicole and Joe, and they can also really begin to picture how everything is going to look.
 
What do you like to do most when you aren’t working? 
 
I love to play football/soccer and to spend time with my wife and kids.
 
 

Brian Hess

What do you love most about your job? 
 
I love transforming a blank canvas into a backyard masterpiece. There is a lot of hard work and coordination that takes place to create these projects. I take great pride in knowing that I am a big part of making that happen.   
What is your favorite part of the Ashton Group at the Beach process? 
 
My favorite part of the process is the day we shoot the gunite. Before the gunite, the clients are still focused on the design they have seen. After the gunite, I get to show the clients how the pool transforms from a design into a real-life pool. This is also when I can stop worrying about the rain while we are building!
What do you like to do most when you aren’t working? 
 
My downtime is often spent with my kids. When I have free time, I like to spend it in my workshop creating furniture and art from reclaimed materials. Photography is also one of my favorite hobbies.  
 
 

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