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New Home Addition | Swimming 365 days a year

This big box…. (see above) arrived just after New Years. It was a purchase we made in June / July (I’ve lost count) in the height of the Summer, mid lockdown, when life at home was getting terribly claustrophobic.

With the cover  rolled back …. it reveals a …. pool! That can be used every day of the year, in the height of the winter, and the scorching heat of the summer. With our gym memberships cancelled, travelling grounded for the year or more,  and bring stuck to our home, Aubrey and I decided a swim spa would be a really useful, amazing investment for our backyard.

We were desperate for something we could all do together as a family- and swimming is just something we all love. We’re not skiers, or skaters. The three of us are water people – I find the greatest calm by being by, and in water. For years I’ve pinned pools, and dreamt of a plunge pool that we could incorporate into our garden.

I was originally smitten with something called “Shipping Container pools” – which are just that. Pools made out of shipping containers. I obsessed over their  their looks, but after having the hardest time getting a hold of one company (not naming names) and realizing that if I couldn’t get a hold of a company to talk about buying something – how hard would it be to get a hold of someone if something went wrong, I packed that idea away and decided I didn’t have enough patience left during a pandemic, to try to make something work that just didn’t want to work. Perhaps because of the such a bad experience trying to get information out of a company, it made me appreciate and value the experience we got at BonaVista (pictured below) in Toronto that much more.

So I knew BonaVista pools in Toronto for building gorgeous, in ground pools. What I hadn’t realized is that they had a whole division just dedicated to Swim Spas by Hydropools. Aubrey and I went in to talk with Jennifer there mid Summer (without Oscar first), and talked about pricing, what the overall cost looked like, and then booked ourselves a swim test. Oscar and I went into the pool, did a little swimmy swim and I was sold. On. the spot. It was SO MUCH FUN with the jets.

Although I’m still smitten with the design concept of a shipping container pool, I am SO glad we went with the Hydropool as it just has that many more bells and whistles that makes it fun for everyone. And although it wasn’t the look I was originally thinking, it actually is way more beautiful than I could have imagined.

Pros. This is something we can use 365 days a year. In the coldest of days I was in there floating looking at the stars, with it cranked up to 104 degrees. In the Summer I will be lying out there too, but with it waaaay lower.

Cons: Cost. It’s not just the cost of the pool but you need to factor in electrical, setting up your property to handle it, and the crane.

As much as this was thought of for Oscar to have fun in – This is also for Aubrey and I to get laps in. With the jets you can swim against the current and get in an awesome workout. I found it difficult to do the workout when we had it cranked to 104 in the dead of winter, but I see us doing the exercise more when we lower the temperature of the water, as the heat outside starts to go up. Feel free to ask any questions if you’re interested in getting one!

xo Linds

We bought it from: Bona Vista Pools (they are the BEST)
Ask for Jennifer and she’ll know which model we bought!

Pool make: Hydro Pool Swim Spa, 17 feet long

Here is how it was installed:


@lindsay_stephensonHere’s the delivery of our Swim Spa. Best investment ever. ##swimspa ##swimspalife ##hydropool♬ Mission Impossible (Main Theme) – Favorite Movie Songs

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Summer Days

I found this wee oak leaf on the ground, passed by it, and then took two steps back to pick it up because I loved it so.

My toes need repainting but that would mean I wouldn’t have as much time at the pool with this awesome guy.

Charlie Pickles

I hope you’re having a lovely Summer. Oscar is in less camps this Summer than ever before – which has turned out to be an awesome thing for us, because he’s getting so much time at my Mom’s pool practicing swimming, and plus have I told you…. But the age 8 is the best. Like seriously, he’s funny, awesome, so fun to be with. So I’m soaking in the days of summer with him, even if it is watching him play video games. I kind of love this Summer. The backyard is still a work in progress, I can’t wait to share more pics. xoxo Linds