A Plymouth homeowner’s unparalleled views are extended with a seemingly endless pool and manicured landscaping.By Jessica Laniewski | Photography by Amber J. Barricman
Pools have long been a part of New England’s summer tradition-from the act of excitedly uncovering them every Memorial Day to closing them come September. For one homeowner who purchased a lot on pristine Priscilla Beach in Plymouth, a luxury pool and backyard for entertaining guests was in order. The homeowner had the deteriorating 1950s home and pool removed to make way for a three-story pool house with a three-car garage and a glass wall looking onto the 20-by-40 foot infinity pool. The homeowner’s main home is situated on the neighboring lot and he wanted a place to entertain and offer guests separate, comfortable quarters for weekend stays. He picked John Viola of Viola Associates to design and build the pool.
“The homeowner asked me to come up with some ideas for the pool and we have a new 3D computer program and can replicate a picture of the house,” says Viola. “We put that image on the computer and drew up a few different style pools for him to look over.”
The homeowner preferred the infinity pool because it captured the water and beach views and matched the sleek appearance of the new house. Two sides of the pool have an infinity edge and Viola Associates designed the shallow end with a raised spa that cascades into the pool. To complete the spectacular setting, Joyce Landscaping crafted an award-worthy landscape to complement the luxury pool. Pool decks have morphed from basic concrete to brick and more elaborate stones as the entire area is taken into consideration. For this home the owner opted for a sleek slate-like material for the area surrounding the pool and connected spa as well as the deck and patio.
Joyce Landscaping researched a concrete paver by Techo-Bloc they used for the pool area and presented it to the homeowner, who liked that the material is designed to resemble a natural stone. “The installation time is a lot quicker than a traditional natural stone patio,” says John Hill, project manager of the masonry division at Joyce Landscaping. “The cost of the material is also a huge benefit because for approximately half the price of traditional bluestone you can achieve the same look. Another important element when landscaping around a pool is the choice of material and flow of the patio. You don’t want the patio material to be so hot on bare feet that it is uncomfortable.”
A home-based destination
The homeowner wanted the entire property to emit a clean, crisp “resort” feel that was conducive to entertaining. Joyce Landscaping built a custom bluestone fire pit trough near the spa so guests could be included in the entertaining whether swimming or warming themselves over an open flame. Privacy was not an issue since the homeowner owns the property to the left and the backyard sits low from the road and high from the beach. However, Joyce Landscaping took into account the privacy of the property owners to the right, which has a pool area that sits higher, and installed an eight-foot-high cedar fence on top of the new retaining wall.
Joyce Landscaping didn’t want soil dragged into the pool by wet feet and so they substituted mulch for river rock in all the pool-area planting beds. Native and ornamental plants that thrive in New England seacoast conditions were chosen to give the backyard a lush feel.
From design to implementation, this pool and the manicured backyard take advantage of the sweeping beach views and give a feeling of being on vacation without leaving home.