Our Soake Pool Review (And Reveal) – Can A Small Pool Really Be This Great?

There was an unquenchable quantity of curiosity about our Soake pool – and I get it, it’s not a traditional pool. So I hope you’re thirsty as a result of as we speak you’ll see and examine each element. It’s right here, put in and completely superb, exceeding our expectations which have been very excessive. We’ve used it nearly each day because it’s been completed, and plenty of, many nights, too. In case you are available in the market and wish to know deeper particulars concerning the set up and design course of ensure that to take a look at half #1 HERE). At this time you’ll get the afters and all my ideas, emotions, and something I might have executed in a different way.

We put in in February and needed to end all of the landscaping round it earlier than we might use it, however when June rolled round it was executed and prepared for us. And now that we’ve shot it it’s time to share it with you. Summer time #1, Soake pool info coming at you. All of your questions answered 🙂

However first a enjoyable little teaser video for the complete lengthy kind YouTube model! (Simply await the brief advert to play)

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Why Did You Get A Soake Pool As an alternative Of A Massive Regular Pool?

Sure, that is the primary query and I’m completely satisfied to interrupt it down. Our Soake pool could be very particular for the next causes:

  1. We will use it 12 months spherical. That’s proper, it’s a pool in the summertime and is usually a sizzling tub within the winter. This was the one cause we even thought-about a pool – one which can be utilized 12 months spherical.
  2. It’s a smaller bodily footprint – ought to that be what you need. It’s filling a gap (ha) for lots of us who both don’t have the true property for an enormous pool or don’t wish to use the true property for one thing so massive that you just would possibly solely use just a few months of the 12 months.
  3. It’s large enough for us to play in in the course of the day and but sufficiently small to warmth up shortly and effectively to change into a sizzling tub at night time. Let that sink in a bit. Which means that the children (and us) can play in the course of the day (temp stays between 75-85 levels with out heating as a result of it’s so heat proper now) after which ought to we wish to say, have adults solely, it heats up 10 levels an hour. I actually didn’t predict that we’d be so obsessive about this pool. I assumed this was extra for our youngsters or the new days that we wish to cool off with pals between pickle ball units. I’m dreaming of so many fall nighttime events with pals and sure, even winter sizzling tub nights.
  4. It’s designed and constructed off-site – which means you don’t want a pool contractor and it’s shipped to you on a truck. On it’s personal it’s a easy, high-quality design and development, and nails its major jobs (with actually tasteful and trendy tile choices). It’s not plug and play like a free standing sizzling tub – which I’ll get into later – however if you happen to’re like me and designing an enormous pool feels daunting (possibly since you’d make it so costly like I do every part) it’s a superb choice.
  5. With a smaller footprint there’s merely much less threat and price – A pal of mine was telling me horror tales of their big pool – how lengthy it takes/costly it’s to warmth, how costly it’s to keep up, how when the pool doesn’t work neither does the new tub, rendering the entire big factor moot. He joked that he needs to farm Tilapia in it as a result of it simply sits there empty now that the children are grown! They noticed this and stated they wished so dangerous that that is what that they had. Smaller is simply simpler and extra reasonably priced to handle in each manner.

How Massive Is This Pool?

Our pool is 7′ huge and 13′ lengthy, and the depth is round 60″ (water depth a bit decrease). There are another choices which might be smaller. I inform most individuals it’s like the scale of a giant front room rug, however there’s nothing “kiddie” about it.

Do Children Actually Play In A Pool This Dimension?

Sure. Our children are 7 and 9 they usually adore it, particularly when pals are over. They will swim, however may bop off the underside and simply attain the perimeters. They will bounce in (however clearly no diving). They’re nonetheless supervised and might’t uncover it with out us being on the market, however level is it’s large enough for them to have plenty of enjoyable. We’ve had eight youngsters in right here, like a playpen, lol. We knew that we have been getting a small pool, so it’s a unique expertise than an enormous one clearly. This has to make sense for you and it did to us.

Does It Have A Pool Cowl?

Sure. We opted for the electrical security pool autocover which opens and closes with a toggle swap off the aspect of the pool home (too excessive for youths to achieve for now). The duvet itself is housed underneath the wooden planks in the back of the pool. You may see all of it within the video:) The electrical one does price considerably extra, FYI, between $10-$12K relying in your installer. It’s great and feels very protected.

What Kind Of Pool Is It? Salt Or Chlorine?

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This pool is saltwater however a saltwater pool really continues to be a chlorine pool as a result of you generate chlorine from the salt by means of the app (sure, there’s an app). That’s a typical false impression with saltwater swimming pools on the whole. It’s simply that with a saltwater pool you retain the chlorine ranges low which we love.

It additionally has jets, that are enjoyable to take a seat subsequent to when it’s warming up. One factor I didn’t assume I might take pleasure in is that Brian modified the sunshine coloration from the app on his cellphone whereas we have been partying in there the opposite night time, which was a enjoyable little shock. We additionally had glow at the hours of darkness pool balls so…

Can It Be A Chilly Plunge In The Winter?

Sure, as a result of if you happen to don’t warmth it and it’s chilly exterior it should drop to the outside temperature (they suggest it at 52 levels Fahrenheit for a perfect chilly plunge:)). We’re doubtless not going to make use of it for that as we’re getting a separate chilly plunge and assume we’re going to use this extra as a sizzling tub in the course of the winter. However even in freezing climates, it’s completely high quality to make use of all 12 months lengthy! Soake simply recommends conserving the pool at 70° minimal throughout freeze temps and naturally all the time conserving the water shifting. For those who’d slightly not use it within the winter you’d simply drain and winterize like a conventional pool.

Do You Sit, Stand, Swim Or Float On this Pool?

The entire above. There’s a step and a bench that three folks might sit alongside, however because it’s underneath 5′ deep it’s simple to face and it goes as much as my neck (I’m 5’3″). It’s simply far more enjoyable to hang around in right here than an enormous sizzling tub. Clearly, I additionally float round on floaties and browse or hang around with pals. My complete group got here up and we sat in right here for 2 hours, all of us simply on pool noodle hammocks and it was SO FUN.

Who Installs This Pool? Can You DIY This?

Until you’re extraordinarily within the know on development stuff (or a contractor your self) you’ll want to rent out and have a contractor assist you to. We employed our panorama contractor to execute it as a result of he’s executed plenty of on-site sizzling tubs and water options. You want somebody to ebook and handle the digging of the opening, again filling it, electrical energy, fuel, filter, and many others after which set up the hardscape and pool cowl. It comes on a flat mattress, then will get craned in – all stuff you’ll be able to handle if that is your wheelhouse. I used to be grateful that Dan’l was dealing with all of it (he runs Northwest Native Landscapes which usually does landscaping however now that he’s executed this as soon as he’d be an amazing useful resource in Portland). So sure, you’d be paying a contractor and subcontractor along with the price of the pool. Every part provides up in development tasks, which I all the time assume is useful to remind us all:) However you don’t want a pool contractor, simply somebody who understands mechanicals and has contacts with subcontractors.

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How Lengthy Does It Take To Order And Set up A Soake Pool?

For those who time it proper and don’t have a ton of different panorama work, the set up is usually a matter of a pair months. Our mission was big, as we have been doing the whole property without delay, so we opted to drop it in throughout winter, with the concept to complete every part round spring in order that the entire house might be executed by summer time. That labored and by June we have been swimming fairly. In case you are simply carving out a spot for Soake and also you aren’t doing a mission of our scope it might go a lot quicker. As an example, if you happen to had a big garden close to the again of your own home, already flat that was simple to entry for digging, trenching and craning, it might be fairly darn simple.

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How A lot Does A Soake Pool Price?

They usually run $45-$48 (if the autocover is concerned) and relying on what measurement you select, tile and add ons, that worth can go larger. This doesn’t embody the hardscape, contractor/sub contractor charges. Oh, and transport can add an extra $10k. In case you are nearer to New Hampshire (the place the corporate is) it will likely be extra like $2k, however far west like us in Portland, it’s extra like $9k-$10k. Nonetheless, IF they will get two on a truck going to your space, the transport price is shared. So relying on the place you reside it’s doubtless way more reasonably priced and quicker than an enormous fancy pool, however once more it’s not an inexpensive fiberglass product. It’s nonetheless a top quality, luxurious product, and priced accordingly. So if what you’re actually wanting is an enormous previous pool for youths to play in you would possibly simply wish to get an enormous fiberglass pool (which I believe are cheaper). We particularly needed this 12 months spherical product, so I reached out and negotiated a partnership, leveraging images, video, advertising and marketing and PR providers, which is a typical a part of my enterprise. We incurred all of the labor prices after all, and now that I’ve skilled it for a summer time I’m so completely satisfied to say that this might be completely price it.

What Would I Do In a different way?

  1. If I might return and do all of it once more I might have began the method earlier to keep away from the wet climate/mud which set us again. Had we ordered it in early summer time (2022) to reach and be put in in fall, we’d have prevented the 30″ of mud that we encountered on the hill as much as the pool space, (as a consequence of weeks of extreme rains within the winter). The mud and hill mixture made the set up harder than it might have been every other season. We had to make use of a smaller crane to make the activate our property and the smaller crane couldn’t crane it far sufficient from the underside of the hill to plop it in. So usually you’ll be able to crane over a home from the road – it’s fairly darn unimaginable.
  2. Our tumbled bluestone hardscape conducts a lot warmth that we will’t sit or stroll on it on actually sizzling days (within the afternoon). This isn’t Soake’s product, that is what we selected to work with our blue flagstone pathways. It’s VERY fairly, however y’all it holds a lot warmth. Because of this we now have three umbrellas to create shade not just for the children within the pool, however to allow them to sit round it.
  3. I might select a bigger stone that might cowl the pool cowl motor. I didn’t know that the fabric wanted to be 24″ deep and our stone wasn’t, so we needed to make a game-day choice. The stone simply didn’t come large enough (however I might have waited and shopped round to search out one thing that built-in higher). Dan’l and his group troubleshooted and constructed this wooden cowl which could be very nicely executed and works completely, but it surely’s actually darkish and extra orange than I’d like. Now that it’s all executed with plenty of different picket components, it bothers me a lot much less.

How A lot Do You Love It?

WE LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s merely great and so excellent for our wants and needs. It checks extra bins than I assumed potential, plus it’s actually fairly to take a look at! It’s such a beautiful, fulfilling visible characteristic and mixed with the farm vibe, with the wild grasses and cut up rail, nonetheless feels appropriately understated. We adore it a lot and really feel so grateful and grateful to dwell right here.

It’s simply so enjoyable for the entire household and maybe even the neighborhood. Since swimming pools are manner much less of a factor right here than they’re in lots of different components of the nation we get to be the home that individuals collect at which makes us VERY HAPPY. After working so arduous on this property for thus lengthy (with so many great groups of individuals) I really need it to be loved lots, by many, for years and years. Particularly these teenage years – “Hang around right here!” says this massive sizzling tub:)

Oh, and I do know I didn’t actually speak concerning the decor/furnishings as a result of it’s not the official styled reveal however I’ve to shout out these teak chaise loungers from Neighbor. We reached out to see in the event that they have been eager about gifting and man am I glad they have been. We love them! They’re so nicely constructed, cool with out trying fashionable, and simply actually comfy. Extremely suggest.

Don’t neglect to look at the complete devoted video HERE the place you’ll be able to see our Soake pool in motion. And if in case you have any questions we’ve requested a Soake customer support individual to reply them within the feedback.

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*This submit was dropped at you in partnership with Soake Swimming pools – a product I really like and really feel proud to share with my readers.

*Pictures by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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