Pooled Wonders

From wading pools to 65-foot water worlds, Anchor Pool does it all.

If you dream about swimming in beautiful pools, they don’t get more stunning than the one at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. The pool is massive at 65 feet by 35 feet, with a semi-circular spa on one end and a wading pool on the other. Arches and waterfalls provide places to splash or just sit and find a bit of serenity. To keep things running smoothly, nearby is a hidden stash of “all kinds of electronics,” says Tom Kearns of Anchor Design & Pool Corporation, in Dennisport and Hyannis. Kearns and his wife, Charlotte, have owned the company for eight years.

Pooled Wonders

Anchor worked with a Boston design firm on the Cape Codder pool; it was Kearns’s job to oversee the installation and construction of the massive pool itself. While the longtime hotel’s swimming pool was fascinating for Kearns to undertake, “they’re all interesting,” he says of his many projects. More the norm for the local business, established in 1982, is building and installing pools at private homes, often working with designers and landscape architects to achieve the finished big-picture concept.

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Kearns and his team customize each job for their clients’ needs. They tend to be a mix of high-end and mid-range homeowners, who may choose anything from a small pool to a roomy model with a spa and waterfall. Often times Kearns’s customers are new retirees or folks near retirement who want a pool for their kids and grandchildren. “That’s a very familiar story I hear,” he says. Building a pool, of course, goes beyond the water’s edge. “For every pool, there’s deck work,” Kearns says. Anchor Pool also does retail sales in chemicals and portable Sundance brand spas.

Pooled Wonders

It’s clear that Kearns simply loves his work, involving, as it does, a mix of interacting with different types of people, his innate design skills—and even science. Kearns mulls a question about the specifics of working on the Cape. “From a functional point of view, we have ‘sugar sand,’ which is a dream to work on,” he says. Occasionally, however, he and his team hit areas of clay, which is less easy to work with Kearns adds. The bottom line for those resourceful professionals? Kearn says, “We do it all.”


Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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