ing glass doors visually extend the interior to a stepped terrace leading
to the water and a deck, which is o;en used for yoga. At the far end of
this platform is an outdoor shower; its runo; is channeled in a stream-bed. Patinated bronze panels, created by the sculptor Kahlil Gibran (a
cousin of the author of The Prophet) for the original owner, frame the
pool on two sides.
A thicket of bamboo and trees beyond the Gibran fence shields the
Zelmans’ 7-year-old daughter Shiloh’s hidden garden. Jessalyn Jarest
of Jessalyn Jarest Landscape Architecture in Cambridge, a longtime
di;erent shades of greens and varying leaf types. “There are hidden
moments in the gardens, so it unfolds as you move through it.”
A stone-and-gravel walk meanders from the roof-level parking
area down to the entrance, a quiet path of discovery that evokes a clas-
sic Japanese garden. The underlying but noninsistent simplicity, both
inside and out, o;ers a sense of balance and contentment that utterly
reflects the Zelmans’ philosophy of life.
Each thing that went into the transformation of the pool house
and the grounds into a Modern masterpiece contributed to a spirituality that is lacking in so many new houses. As Daniel says, “There’s
a soul to this place.”
;;;;;; ;;;;; ;; the dining-room table. The painting is by her mother,
who studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.