You may have heard of people making homes or guest cottages out of shipping containers, but did you know that you can even turn an old shipping container into a swimming pool? Wondering how? Here's what you need.
1. Shipping Container
To get started you need a shipping container. You can buy used shipping containers from many shipping supply stores. However, it needs to be in good condition. You don't want huge holes, dental metal or major issues.
Note that you don't need a shipping container with a lid. You basically just need an open-sided metal box.
For the best results, you may want to work with a professional swimming pool installer to put in the liner. Then, you can rest assured that the liner will fit perfectly and be watertight. If you are exceptionally good at DIY projects, you may be able to make your own pool liner out of latex or from a flexible pond liner.
You will also need a filter. If you bury the shipping container in the ground, you can put the filter in a specially made, concrete lined hole next to the pool. Alternatively, you can make a small area to host the filter next to the shipping container. You will need to run the hoses from the filter into the pool area, and you will need a pump integrated with the system to move the water through it.
Unless it's in the ground, you will need a ladder to access the pool. If you don't like the look of a metal ladder, there are other options. For example, you could build a wooden deck around the shipping container and create stairs that lead up to the deck.
5. Decorative Elements
Some people like the industrial look of a shipping container, and if you fall into the category, you may want to leave the exterior of the shipping container like it is. However, in other cases, you may want to build a wooden deck as mentioned above. Alternatively, you may want to paint the container, plant vines around it or play with other decorations.
In Australia, you are legally required to have a fence around your swimming pool. The fence needs to be at least 1.2 meters tall. This applies to inground and above ground pools.
Finally, to keep the water warm, you may want to add a pool heater. If you don't feel like plumbing in a heater, you may want to use a solar cover. That uses the sun's energy to heat the pool, and it can work for a shipping container pool just as easily as it does for a traditional pool.