Meeting conservation, zoning and building challenges head-on, Shoreline Pools creates lush leisure living in Provincetown.By Rob Duca | Photography by Michael Holzworth
It’s not often that a homeowner provides a blank check to the builder of a construction project. But that is essentially what happened last year when Shoreline Pools of Harwich, Mass., was asked to design and create an outdoor lifestyle Mecca.
“He basically gave us free rein and told us to come up with our vision of what we thought would be the ultimate backyard enjoyment center,” says Chris Dittrich, owner of Shoreline Pools. “It was one of the most elaborate projects we’ve ever done. We worked very closely with the client, who gave us the freedom to do what we wanted.”
The Provincetown home is located at the end of a dead-end street and is the last house before the ocean. As such, this fabulous setting provided the ideal backdrop for constructing an outdoor oasis that would serve as a gathering place for friends and family for generations to come. But it also came with restrictions that were dictated by conservation regulations, along with state and neighborhood setback requirements.
“We had to make it all work in a relatively tight space,” Dittrich says. “It took us about seven months to obtain the conservation, zoning and building permits. We had to meet all the predefined setbacks.”
The project took six months from start to finish and was completed in the spring of 2015. Shoreline Pools worked with Ethan Poulin Landscaping of Truro on the hardscaping, landscaping, flowerings and plantings.
The homeowner earned his fortune building ice skating arenas. But now he was seeking a spot to cool off and relax, and he wanted a 20-foot-by-40-foot swimming pool to serve as the centerpiece. Of course, simply installing a swimming pool was only one aspect of the project. Shoreline Pools has a tradition of designing intriguing spaces that, in many ways, are works of art, and that’s exactly what the company set out to do with this property.
Therefore, the pool is flanked at each end by a built-in sunken fire pit and a hot tub, respectively. Both structures were made with local stone and appear to sit in the water, although they are actually elevated slightly above the pool. The fire pit has water flowing from the side and into the pool and includes elevated walls and a seating area. The hot tub also features a waterfall.
The spectacular saltwater pool is environmentally friendly, befitting its location overlooking a marsh and Stellwagen Bank. It is framed by a marble patio that includes a pavilion for escaping the sun on especially steamy afternoons. “We wanted to create an even larger, more elegant look even though we were limited in space,” Dittrich says.
Ethan Poulin Landscaping designed a series of colorful gardens that border the property outside the pool area. Native plantings, perennials and annuals combine for a dazzling rainbow that is in bloom throughout spring, summer and fall. “It is decorated to the nines,” Dittrich says. “Like us, they also had to be cognizant of the conservation rules, but the entire property is decorated with custom gardens.”
Another neat feature is a paver driveway that winds around the side of the house and leads into the pool area. The driveway is bordered by custom veneer walls.
To label this outdoor space “eye-catching” is a dramatic understatement. Even the bottom of the pool contains a visual element. Built into the liner are two dolphins that appear to be swimming toward each other.
There are many other visual elements. A series of eight jets installed into both sides of the deck shoot a soothing spray of water into the pool, creating an atmosphere of complete relaxation. And there are plenty of reasons to remain outside after the sun sets. The entire backyard is brightened with LED lights, while propane-fueled fire pillars shoot flames into the dark sky to keep the party going.
The beautiful home that sits on this priceless piece of land offers its own brand of luxury and elegance. But with an outdoor oasis such as this, it might be difficult for the homeowner to ever head indoors.