With spectacular views our over Mecox Bay, J. Tortorella’s clients find that they “love looking” at their John Tortorella-created saltwater infinity pool “almost as much” as they love swimming in it. But that wasn’t always the case.
Part of the 1974 home’s original footprint, the massive 25’ x 50’ pool was essentially “falling apart” when the couple set out to rebuild it in 2007. Their goal: renovate the pool in its original location to make the most of its water views.
“The pool had been ‘grandfathered’ in by the town, so we were able to preserve its original location—and enjoy its beautiful surroundings to the fullest,” the client explains. With four infinity edges, the pool offers just that, providing “absolutely breathtaking views” of the Bay beyond, she says.
Tortorella’s clients usually spend our winters traveling to exotic destinations. The wife remarks, “We absolutely love that we were able to replicate the look and feel of the infinity pools that we find at some of the world’s greatest resorts in our own backyard.”
While the all-infinity-edge provides the uninterrupted natural beauty the couple desired, the design—and the pool’s waterfront location—are not without its challenges, she notes. The pool’s spa and the overflows from each of the four negative edges require a complicated filtration, pump and heating system. “Add its close proximity to the water—and harsh northeast winters—and you can see how pool maintenance can be a challenge.” The team at J. Tortorella is more than up to it, she notes.
“We hired J. Tortorella because they have the reputation for being the best. They’ve more than lived up to that reputation,” she says. “They’re very responsive; they’re excellent in terms of service and reliability. I initially chose them five years ago for the rebuild and they did a spectacular job. Today, we only trust the Tortorella service team to keep our pool that way.”