i just went swimming. in a shipping container.

i finished a bible study with some friends on the roof and realized that i could just get on a suit and go downstairs.  this has only been 15 months in the making…

so the pool is blue.  really really really blue.  the water looks beautiful, and there are all sorts of interesting plays on space, verticality, and private/public space when you’re in the pool.  there are 10 feet from the back wall of our house to the fence, and all 10 feet are pool, which means that if you are standing in it, water just up to your chin (wow, perfect, eh?), and you look up, you see an alley to the sky with galvalum on one side and fence on the other, then pecan, then stars.

i find perspective hard to capture with a digital camera (or any camera, for that matter), so what follows are my attempts to show the final result.  there is a list a foot long of things visible in these pictures that is still undone (decks, planters, shed, plants, cleaning up), so just stick to the main event, eh?

also, those leaks turned out to be, like many other things in home building, worse in the first moment of discovery than in the problem solving.  we drained the pool below the level of the light, redid the light fixture (at midnight, and i wasn’t very nice to taylor), and then refilled to check again.  we decided marine epoxy was our second string, and i will now have to do a little epoxying underwater, as we have a drip.  but a drip isn’t bad, and definitely not disastrous.  we have had to tighten all our gaskets around the pool too (for inlets and outlets), but again, it goes with the territory.  in figuring our pool chemistry out, we have had an easier, less touch and go time, and have now added chlorine, shock (non-stabilized chlorine), muriatic acid (aka hydrochloric acid at 30%), 5# baking soda, more acid, 10# calcium, more acid, more acid, water to fill all !!! the way, and multi-daily doses of clarifier.  it is almost clear, and chemically stable and great.  like a real pool….

many views.  hope you don’t get vertigo.

on another note, we got the last electrical fixtures this week too, matthews fans, which taylor assembled, modded, and hung while we made hot wings and onion rings below in the ‘kitchen.’  here they are, along with a cool reflection on the roof.

i am grateful for the success.  it was, after all, a large metal experiment.

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24 Responses to “i just went swimming. in a shipping container.”

  1. Kim Says:

    Totally incredible. Way to go!

  2. Amar Rama Says:

    niiiiiice.. i love a little hcl action :)

  3. cheryl Says:

    sweet! very cool. love all the angles too.

  4. Jonathan Says:

    It looks great. Now all you need is the slide from the third-floor balcony to the pool.
    That and a sign that says “Welcome to our ool. You’ll notice there’s no ‘p’ in it. We’d like to keep it that way.”

  5. Marco Says:

    Metal pool. Muriatic acid. Metal pool. Muriatic acid. Did you guys never watch Alien to know what acid can do to metal?

    Seriously. Congratulations. Look forward to swimming there one day.

    • NancyB Says:

      Hi Marco; I understand your concern re: zoomorphs and metal, but Iso Containers , notably the open top ones (I assumed this is one), are coated with a type of finish that was meant to haul all kinds of caro (hopefully not zoomorphs- they would eat teh Crew), take all kinds of seawater, and stormy weather.
      Actually, a salt water type of pool system would work too. They are cheaper to run. You will see salt water pools at Las Vegas resorts as well as in Florida.
      Our Author has an awesome pool. I live in Florida and would make myself a Hipster pool, too :-)

  6. derek Says:

    hi am doing the same in my back yard can you tell me what you lined the container with?and did you weld up the end?

    where did you put the drain?

    derek

  7. theepic Says:

    hi derek,

    this is brooke. sorry i took so long to respond. if you would like to have a phone meeting, i will walk you through the process we did… somewhat long and involved, but i think the details about things we didn’t choose is almost as important and knowing what we did. short answer, though, is there is no drain, and we used a paint that can stand up to chlorine and no ‘liner’ to speak of.

  8. Francis Martin Says:

    Aloha, we manufacture converted containers into housing/offices here in Hawaii, and am looking to convert one 20′ container into a swimming pool. Although we could trudge along and figure it out by trial and error, I would appreciate some helpful tips. It will be above ground and we have the top cut off and re-enforced with 3×4 x3/8 angle around the perimeter. I wanted a shallow end with small hot tub and sloping down to the deep end. Wondering about how to line and waterproof. thanks
    Francis

  9. ELIAS Says:

    WHAT KIND OF WATER PROOFING MATERIAL YOU USED AND WHERE ARE THE DRAINS FOR THE CLEANING ALSO HOW MUCH WAS THE CONTAINER. AND HOW MUCH WAS THE WHOLE PROJECT

  10. ELIAS Says:

    HELLO MY NAME IS ELIAS. SORRY I WROTE WITHOUT ANY MODERATION BUT I WAS IN A HURRY AND I JUST TYPED THE 1ST 3 THINGS THAT I WAS I NEED OF ANSWER / I AM BUILDING AN OASIS RETREAT IN THE DESSERT OF NEVADA AND INSTEAD THAT DEAL WITH CONCRETE STRUCTURES I AM BUILDING WITH CONTAINERS AND YOUR IDEA OF THE CARGOTECH POOL LOOKS GREAT IT CAN ALSO BE USED TO PLACE AN ENDLESS POOL OR BUILD A JACUZZY I WAS WONDERING IF IT IS IN YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION THAT YOU COULD WRITE ME BACK WITH THE SPECS OF THE PROJECT: MATERIALS COST AND ADDRESS OF WHERE YOU GOT YOUR MATERIAL IF IT IS POSSIBLE I WILL APRECIATE IT / SORRY I INSULTED YOU

    SINCERELY

    ELIAS CATIRE

  11. Jared Says:

    Rock on! I just thought about this tonight, and did a search, and lo and behold you’ve already done it. Great information. Let’s have a swim exchange when I get mine built.

    Jared

  12. GIORGIO Says:

    hi,
    i am interested in your project,can you help me to do a swimming pool in a container?
    contact me urgently here:
    info_mateck@yahoo.it

    Giorgio from Italy

  13. Austin Aaron Says:

    You’ve got my email addy. Obviously enough, I live in Austin. Wondering how brave you would be to let me take a look at that pool. Considering doing something very similar out in Lago Vista. Would be a real delight to speak with someone local that has actually accomplished what I thought I dreamt up. Go figure. It’s always that one idea that you think will make you a million, only to find out that out of the entire world someone in your own backyard (literally) has already thought of it.

    Would really appreciate a contact. Searched everywhere for an email on this site. No luck.

    – Austin Aaron -

  14. George Martincheck Says:

    What were your costs and the sealing of the unit n placing in the ground. We have dogs n not a big back yard but this would be great for them for therapy

  15. Julia Says:

    Please tell me how! We are dyin here in az!

  16. ron Says:

    have you thought of using armour thane on the interior? it would finish in your color and waterproof at same time?

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  18. Rochelle Fugette Says:

    You did a very good job!

  19. Debora Jenkins Says:

    We would love to know how to do this

  20. Zandra Khan Says:

    Great idea! I’d love to try something like this, do you have instructions and materials used?

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