“Not satisfied with industry standards, the brothers invested in staff and equipment to truly become the leader in coastal quality products for the home.”
Born in the Florida Keys… Coastal Source is the brainchild of the D’Ascanio brothers, Tony, Franco and Amedeo. Their company, D’Asign Source, designs and builds waterfront estate properties. With more than 50 years of experience the D’Ascanio brothers have had countless encounters with products boasting lifetime warranties and claiming to be rust-proof, marine quality and 100% corrosion resistant… yet deteriorated in the harsh, coastal environment. Often quickly.
The D’Ascanio brothers had to do better for their demanding clientele. Starting in the 1970’s they began to design and manufacture truly weather-proof outdoor speakers and audio systems. They also experimented by incorporating exotic materials into concrete molds to arrive at more durable architectural elements and features to adorn the custom homes they were building. These experiments led to the design of new materials and technologies they continue to incorporate into the properties they build. Their goal? To produce the ultimate turn-key, low-maintenance coastal home.
In the late 1980’s the Keys and Caribbean experienced a cyclical increase in storm activity. This weather phenomenon caused salt damage and corrosion to accelerate. This damage was very obvious on exterior fixtures and especially so on plants and landscapes. So, the D’Ascanios set out to find a better way. In the years that followed they tracked every detail regarding palms and plants living in coastal conditions. This research offered tremendous insight to plants that are more salt, drought and storm tolerant. In 1995 they opened a nursery, D’Asign Source Botanicals. Today, their nursery is internationally known for its unusually hardy and beautiful coastal specimen plants.
With superior construction techniques, sturdy architectural details and more tolerant plants incorporated into every D’Asign Source project, the focus shifted once again. Now, the D’Ascanios pushed to find exterior fixtures, hardware and accessories that would stand up to the increasingly harsh conditions in their coastal environment. At first it seemed there were an increasing number of companies designing products for the coastal market. But after thorough investigation, testing and real-world trials it was apparent that the vast majority of these companies only addressed coastal needs in a superficial way. In fact, many large manufacturers actually void their warranty if the item is within a few miles of a salt water coast. Due to these challenges, coastal contractors and homeowners often choose to buy a replacement product than deal with a manufacturer. The market simply does not work well for coastal residents who want to purchase quality products backed by a meaningful warranty. Not satisfied with industry standards, the brothers invested in staff and equipment to truly become the leader in coastal quality products for the home. Salt spray chambers were manufactured to replicate real world conditions. The chambers are capable of causing corrosion at an accelerated rate to allow rapid learning about materials and construction methods. Another important tool is the company’s X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) metal and alloy analyzer. This tool can test products instantly to identify their elemental makeup and grade at any time in the design and development process. It also provides a quick and easy way to verify the quality of finished products. After years of extensive research, design, building and testing the brothers finally had the technology and methodology necessary to produce a full line of truly coastal quality products. But how would they produce and distribute these exceptional products in a meaningful way?
Enter long time D’Asign Source clients, the Zimmermann family, who shared the D’Ascanios vision of bringing superior products to coastal homeowners. Through their family business, Artcraft Promotional Products, the Zimmermanns had built world-class capabilities in domestic and overseas manufacturing, distribution, web and catalog sales. More importantly, they share the same family business ethics and passion for quality as do the D’Ascanios.
Coastal Source offers truly coastal quality products that are available through dedicated dealers who design and install Coastal Source systems.