The Papatti family established their roadside peach jelly stand in the Sandwich, Massachusetts area in 1925. Eventually, their home became locally known as The Jelly House. Today, the current owner and renowned landscape designer, Bernice Wahler, has placed a delightfully modern twist on the historic 1845 dwelling.
Like most people, Bernice decided the 2020 quarantine was the perfect time to pull the trigger on the backyard renovations she had been envisioning for years. Wahler’s goal was to not only up the entertainment value of her historic home, but to give her two young children, ages nine and thirteen, an escape from the digital world quarantine had created.
Wahler’s vision for her backyard was to create a welcoming courtyard, where there was a balance of design and functionality. Naturally, placing the pool near her kitchen where she could keep an eye on the kids was a must.
For the shape of her pool Wahler went with a modern, narrower rectangle with a main goal to be environmentally conscious by using less water, chemicals and energy.
To reinforce the linear nature of the pool, Wahler chose 12”x48” Everblue Thermal Blue Porcelain pavers with an eye-catching long plank tile pattern as her design foundation. She was drawn to these specific pavers for their high performance, known durability through tough winters, and slip resistance through the summers.
The free-standing cedar wall offers an excellent screen for storing unused pool accessories and toys, making the small space seem tidier and larger. Delightful pops of yellow used throughout her patio decor tie the whole space together. A wonderful break for family and fun.
Coming up on a year after the renovation Wahler states, “I couldn’t be happier with the overall look and quality of the Everblue product!”