How to Turn Shipping Containers into Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

If you think shipping container homes are cool, wait until you convert a steel box into a swimming pool! Yes, you can transform a container into a cool pool and even add a jacuzzi inside if you want. Plus, it’s not even a wholly new concept as it is already a profitable business product in nations all over the world. This means that containers can indeed be safely and efficiently turned into pools and jacuzzis. Here are some ideas on how to upcycle shipping containers into pools and hot tubs.

Why Shipping Containers?

Shipping containers are great for swimming pools because of their inherent properties. They are water-resistant, so any splashing would not lead to rusting. Made of corrugated steel, containers are extremely durable as well. In addition, you can easily purchase new containers or used ones if you want cheaper options since hundreds are already available in many company depots. Furthermore, containers have strong frames that are best for either underground or on-the-ground pools, and they do not require external buttresses compared to other aboveground pools. Likewise, containers can take less space than traditionally large pools, thereby saving space, water, and construction costs. Finally, containers can be quickly insulated and converted into jacuzzis.

Homeowners Can Buy Shipping Containers to Turn Into Swimming Pools

How to Upcycle Shipping Containers into Pools

While there are many ways of designing the pool itself, here are some basic steps to get you started in your container pool project. First, acquire planning permits from your local council and homeowner’s association. Determine the regulations for depth, fencing, and other requirements before selecting the size for your shipping containers.

Second, ask a structural engineer to help with the planning and designing process. Engineers can compute the weight of the water and determine the necessary fortifications for the container to hold all the water’s weight. You may want to add heavy-duty pool coping on the top to strengthen the container enough to contain 4,800 gallons of water. In addition, you can add glass panel windows on the side for aesthetic purposes.

Third, choose the right dimensions for your box, cut according to the design, and cover the sharp edges.

Fourth, waterproof the container by lining with plywood and watertight welding as well as putting additional steel on the inside. Afterwards, rust treat and paint the inner and outer parts of the container.

Fifth, add plumbing including pumps, pipes, and filters to your container pool. Consider the water supply, drainage, and power sources.

Sixth, if you’re adding a jacuzzi inside, construct an interior divider composed of durable, heat-resistant plastic which separates the pool from the hot tub. The jacuzzi can be separately heated to conserve water. This also means you can use your pool even during winter.

Seventh, for a proper pool bed, you can use 20 centimetres of compact gravel or construct a concrete slab. In addition, to protect the soil under the pool, put a layer of limestone too. The construction process may take six to eight weeks, depending on the size and specifications of your pool. After everything is re-checked for safety, you can now fill it up with water and start enjoying your pool!

Shipping containers can now be changed into almost anything, including a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. You only need to check the construction permits needed, comply with regulations, and design the pool with consideration for stability, insulation, and drainage as well as electrical and water sources. Furthermore, you can customize the design to whatever shape and size you want, as long as it is strong enough to support the water’s weight. Go ahead and use your creativity to achieve a modern, low-cost pool to suit your exercise and recreation needs. 

Sources
Modpools repurposes used shipping containers as swimming pools and hot tubs, Dezeen.Com
This heated pool made from a shipping container looks amazing, Thrillist.Com

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