Despite the recession of the past few years, the pool business is booming. Chris Dittrich, president of Shoreline Pools in Harwich, has been busier than ever fulfilling the dreams of homeowners by creating a backyard oasis that fits their desires and budget.
“We’re now the largest builder of pools on Cape Cod,” Dittrich says. “People are staying home more now, so they’re investing more in their backyards. We pride ourselves on knowing that every pool built will create memories and good times to be shared with friends and loved ones for a lifetime.”
Photography by Roe Osborn
Design & Build: Shoreline Pools
Hence, Shoreline’s slogan: We Build Dreams.
Dittrich’s motto to homeowners has always been to let their imagination run wild. “Anything you can dream of, I can build,” he says. For a project in Brewster, Shoreline faced the challenge of installing a pool on a steeply sloped lot that required a serious amount of digging and hauling away of dirt. “Fortunately, we have the right equipment and plenty of dump trucks,” Dittrich said.
The resulting rectangular 20-by-50-foot salt water gunite pool is the centerpiece of a 30-acre property that also features a 2,500-square-foot pool house, along with tennis and racquetball courts. Ranging from three-to eight-feet in depth, the pool includes sitting benches and steps for easy entry. “This was a large scale project,” Dittrich says. “Normally, the rectangular pools are 18 by 36.”
Shoreline also built a 9-by 16-foot family-style hot tub, tucked away in a corner to the left side of the pool house that comfortably fits 12. The surrounding Boston brick paver decking gives the area a clean, smart appearance. A spectacular 150-footPennsylvania fieldstone wall that reaches a height of eight feet snakes around the property. Built by New Horizons Landscaping of Harwich, it gently follows the slope of the land and provides the old-school atmosphere desired by the homeowner. Lanterns light the walkways and a fire pit set alongside two massive oak trees is the perfect spot for relaxing on cool fall evenings.
“They wanted to maintain the architectural integrity of the property so that it looked like it had been there for 100 years,” said project manager Josh Acevedo of K&M Management of Harwich.
The installation of the pool was part of a massive renovation that included the entire property. An impressive pool house stands guard over the area, flanked by 10 columns featuring cedar shingles on the lower half and raised panels at the top. Four wood-paneled double doors lead to the pool, and a tri-corner section of the roof with four small windows, make for a distinctive appearance. Elegance abounds when you step inside the pool house, which features a custom kitchen, a home theatre system and white bead board on the walls and ceilings. A panel inside the pool house operates the heater system, lighting and rolling safety cover for the pool.
In addition to installation, Shoreline also offers weekly maintenance, pool renovations, landscaping services, a pool winter watch program, acid washing, safety equipment and will open and close your pool at the beginning and end of each season. “We make it a turn-key process,” Dittrich says. “We want to make it a fun, easy experience for our client.”