WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Take the Plunge Blend the pool into the existing land. Find the natural, most pleasing arrangement. – Ti m N i c k e r s o n , E n v i r o n m e n t a l Po o l s safety and something more pleasant to look at when it's too cool for cannonballs. And let's face it: In New England, that's going to be most can be concealed in a tree line. Jim Douthit, of a Blade of Grass, says to of the time. hide fencing with shrubbery. Natural grasses are beautiful, but bare in the winter. Fence with lengths of attractive wooden or wrought iron Safety fencing where the enclosure emerges from the back. "Having a pool on the property changes psychology," says landscape Pool Plan valid one, making safety a top priority. The first, and legally required The idea of a pool on a blistering July Saturday is a refreshingly fantas- preventative measure is to install a fence. Fencing needs to be at least tic one. But Lombardi cautions his clients to remember they might not four feet high. Some towns, Wellesley being one of them, have even more stringent guidelines. Gleysteen says "there are two ways to put a fence around the pool. One is to have an immediate fence enclosure." This pool is tucked behind an enclosure with a self-latching, selfclosing gate. Add an alarm to the gate for extra security. This type of fencing, however, runs the risk of feeling like a playpen. Counteract that by building on top of a retaining wall. The fence needs to be only four or five feet high on the climbable side. Another option, especially if you have a good view, is to make one side of the pool an infinity edge. The water runs over We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 into a trough and leaves an impossible-toclimb wall, keeping people out of that side. The other fencing option is to enclose the entire property. This allows for seamless flow, but it means a more accessible pool and a bigger price tag. Inexpensive black chain link fence 48 COURTESY OF ENVIRONMENTAL POOLS architect Gregory Lombardi. The fear of an accidental drowning is a

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