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THE HAMPTONS POOL AN EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL OASIS By Thomas Day Lee

Sweet dreams are made of this: Stuart Andrews recommends pools as balms for the soul, such as the soothing sounds of serenity provided by the waterfall in the infinity-edge pool above or a serene, secluded “garden pool” seen at right.

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he quintessential Hamptons summer lifestyle is outdoor living with a focus, for many, on poolside living. The pool and the area around it are used as “outdoor rooms,” the seamless flow between interior and exterior. If you’re considering designing and building a pool or renovating an older existing pool, you’ve got a daunting project ahead. With that in mind, Social Life sought out an expert to bring us up to speed on what’s involved in creating a special pool. We asked Stuart Andrews, the owner of Shinnecock Pools in Southampton, for his take on what makes a great pool and what he sees as his client’s chief concerns. Andrews — who has been building and caring for luxury pools in the Hamptons for more than 20 years — was forthright and even philosophical. “For many of my clients, building an amazing pool is often how they want to proclaim their success. If you’re a corporate CEO, work on Wall Street, or are in charge of a hedge fund,

you spend your days creating something that’s invisible and intangible to most people, and no one can see what you’ve made,” says Andrews. “For many successful people, creating an amazing pool is a metaphor for what they’ve achieved. And they truly are works of art. A lot of people choose to express themselves through the artistry of a pool.” Andrews, who has built and maintains some of the most dazzling pools on the East End, humbly offers that he is more of a facilitator than anything else. “My job is to listen and listen carefully to their ideas and hopes and then bring my client’s vision to reality. And that reality reveals their personal passions intensely. No two of my pools are the same; they’re like snowflakes!” he added. Even though he’s built pools costing seven figures, he prefers to focus on the intangible when discussing them, “I like to quote the author Joan Didion, who wrote; ‘A pool... is a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over Social Life

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Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.

Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.