Shipping containers are fast becoming a mainstay in the architectural world. As well as being strong, cheap, and flexible to build with they also embrace the concept of sustainability in building practice. A novel concept for shipping container use is to create a backyard swimming pool with one.
This may seem like a strange idea, but they are considerably cheaper than traditional swimming pools, require less space, and have less impact on the land. If you're considering converting a shipping container into a swimming pool then here are three key points that you should know.
1. You will have to hire a crane
Because shipping containers are made of solid steel they're strong, but this also makes them incredibly heavy. You will need to hire a crane to unload it from the delivery truck into position in your backyard.
Even if you have vehicle access to the rear of your home, you'll still require a crane. The shipping container needs to be put down with a fair amount of precision onto your footings, and this simply cannot be done with manpower.
2. You're better off with an above ground pool
While it is possible to excavate a large hole and sit your shipping container in it to create a below-ground pool this isn't recommended. To start with it will inflate your budget immensely, as earthworks are fairly expensive. You will also need to spend extra money on lining the exterior of the shipping container to prevent corrosion from the moist earth.
Keeping the pool above ground also means that your pool is completely moveable, and can be repositioned to another spot in your backyard or transported to another location if you move house. A shipping container only requires small concrete footings to stand on which leave very little impact on the ground if the pool is moved.
3. You won't need to worry about pool fencing
Australian pool safety standards require a pool to be surrounded by a fence that is 1.2 metres high. Standard shipping containers are often 2.59 metres high, and have no vertical pieces on the side, so this means they are more than compliant with safety standards.
To access the pool, you'll need a ladder that can be removed when the pool is not in use. For added safety make sure that your store the ladder in a locked shed or storage room that isn't accessible to children.
Once you have your shipping container on site you can begin the modification process. This is a fairly easy process and simply involves lining your pool with a waterproof membrane or welding the steel so that all the joints are water tight. You can then install a simple pump and filtration system which is available from most pool supply stores.
You may need to enlist the help of a professional pool contractor like Cygnet Pool Supplies & Service Pty Ltd to help you with the initial set up. They can also advise you on the required pool maintenance, or you may like to have them provide regular maintenance themselves if you find the process too complicated.