Creating your own Island oasis: Pool resources on Martha’s Vineyard


Even though we live on a small Island, one does not have to go very far to design, build, and put finishing touches on swimming pools, hot tubs, and whirlpools.

“Our prices are competitive,” says David Kadison of Kadison Pool Plastering, based in Maynard and serving the Vineyard.

Though Mr. Kadison’s company comes in toward the end of the pool or hot tub-building process, he is familiar with the entire practice.

“We are subcontractors and work for most of the pool builders, pool service companies, and high end landscape contractors that build pools on the Island,” he says. “We also work directly for home owners renovating and resurfacing old existing pools.”

Pool plastering is when a company such as Mr. Kadison’s comes in and, depending on the client’s specifications, gives the pool or hot tub the final desired aesthetic and tactile finish.

“We have requests for custom colors for the interior finish of the pool,” Mr. Kadison says when asked about odd requests. He and his team have experience with high profile jobs, and he is full of anecdotes.

“A few years ago we did do a pool on West Chop that overlooks the outer harbor. We were applying the Pebble Tec finish to the interior of a new pool at this high-end home. Halfway through the job the town water is shut off. …Luckily for us the property was oceanfront on the outer harbor. We ended up carrying five gallon buckets of water from the harbor, up three flights of stairs, to finish the job.”

Possibly Kadison’s most public job is the PebbleTec on the pond in Oak Bluffs’s Ocean Park. “We have also done many celebrity pools on the Island for famous musicians, professional sports team owners, famous television producers and actors, as well as political figures.” For more information, visit

When it comes to design, the workmanship, diversity, and care that Island Pools and Spas carries to each job is evident. Based in Edgartown, the company can take most any idea for a pool or hot tub and transform it into reality.

“Each job and site is very different and, as with the construction of a custom home, size, shape, design, and material selections can significantly affect the final price,” says owner Ted Rosbeck.

The humble and polite father-to-be was remiss in mentioning the number of awards Island Pools and Spas has received over the years. Renee Oteri, an associate of Mr. Rosbeck’s, very modestly cited the fact that they’ve been awarded some of the more coveted awards in their line of work.

The company was recently awarded first place in the 2010 Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) Region 9 Design Awards Contest, for a Swimming Pool over 750 square feet of surface area category, and first place in the 2010 APSP Region 9 Design Awards Contest for a Pool with a vanishing edge, among others. For the full list of awards or for more information, visit

Vineyard Hearth Patio and Spa, located in Vineyard Haven, is a resource for spas. They carry Hot Spring spas that feature EnergySmart energy-efficient technology, Earth Smart features such as reusing and recycling materials, and customization options. They also feature ACE Salt Water Sanitizing Systems, which use a combination of salt and water instead of traditional chorine water sanitation. For more information, visit

Take comfort in knowing that if you have the will, the means, and the vision of your ultimate swimming pool or hot tub, the Island has professionals to handle the job. Your voice can be heard by not only the principals of these businesses, but the support crew who will be involved in the creation of your little — or considerable — oasis.