When Rick Chiorando and his wife, Eva, bought their Southampton ranch in 2008 just steps from the famous East End sands, the self-described “beach people” had little interest in adding a pool to their one-acre backyard, even though they had plenty of space for it.
“The backyard was nothing but ugly scrub oaks—and lots of them,” says Rick. “We never really envisioned a pool there. Now, thanks to John Tortorella and his team, we can’t imagine our lives without it.” The couple, who also has a home on Nassau’s North Shore, spends about half their time in the Hamptons in their backyard pool, rather than at the beach.
The 20’ x 40’ saltwater pool is surrounded by a slate patio and pergola designed and installed by J. Tortorella. “Once John started ‘blue-skying’ it with me, I began to realize all that was possible in this yard—and then he made it a reality.” The J. Tortorella Pools team also collaborated with Rick’s landscape designer who terraced the property to give it more visual interest and dimension.
“We now have a true entertaining space that fits our personality,” he explains. With the Tortorella’s service division providing year-round maintenance, the pool stays that way, Rick adds. “I wouldn’t have a clue how to care for my pool. The service team is great—they know exactly what to do … and they do it.”
The pool’s saltwater system generates its own purified chlorine with the perfectly balanced amounts needed which is much softer on the skin and good for the environment. We’re absolutely thrilled with our pool.”