Shipping Container Deep Dive with ROXBOX Containers

I used to ship my goods by truck, and I didn’t use shipping containers. When gas prices rose out of sight, I realized my profits could totally disappear. I looked into shipping by rail in containers. I discovered that containers eliminate manual sorting, warehousing, and maintenance costs and that they reduce theft and damage. Additionally, I found a container with the perfect shipping container dimensions. Switching to containers saved my business.

Shipping Container Dimensions

What Kinds of Containers Exist?
  • Standard/general purpose/dry storage container – The 20’ and 40’ ones are the most common type of shipping container that is used world-wide. These also come in 10’.
  • Flat rack container – The sides of this container fold down so that various kinds of goods can be shipped in them.
  • Open-top container – This container has a top that can come off, accommodating any height of materials to be easily shipped in it.
  • Tunnel container – These containers have doors on each end, which makes them easy to load and unload.
  • Open side storage container – One of the long sides of this container has doors that open wide enough to provide wide access to the container.
  • Double doors container – Like the open side storage container, this container opens on one side to give wide room to load and unload the container. They come in 20’ and 40’ length.
  • Refrigerated ISO containers (“reefers”) – These containers keep perishables such as fruits and vegetables cool for the duration of their transportation.
  • Insulated or thermal containers – These containers keep the temperature at a higher temperature. The material is enduring high temperatures over time.
  • Tanks – These containers are made of strong steel or another anti-corrosive material so they can transport liquid materials. They’re common in the shipping industry.
  • Cargo storage roll container – This container that is foldable. It is a specialized container the is made to transport stacks or sets of materials.
  • Half-height containers – These steel containers are half the height of full-sized containers. They are made for easy loading and unloading of things like coal and stones.
  • Car carriers – These containers safely transport cars over long distances. Their sides collapse for safe loading and unloading.
  • Intermediate bulk shift containers – These containers are made for intermediate shipping of goods to a destination where they’ll be further packed and shipped.
  • Drums – These tubular containers are made from various materials, such as hard plastic, fiber, light weight metals, and steel.
  • Special purpose containers – These are used for the transportation of high-profile services such as arson and weapons transportation. The material composition and construction of the container used depends on what they will transport.
  • Swap bodies – These European containers do not meet ISO standards, but they are widely used because of their strong bottom and convertible top. The convertible top makes it suit the transportation of many types of products.
Evolution of Containers and Current Sizes, Capacity, Weight

Shipping containers have existed for centuries. By 1830, they were still fairly small rectangular timber boxes, but European railways started to ship things across the country in them. At the end of the line, companies transferred these early dry storage containers to horse-drawn carts to take to their final destinations.

After the 1929 stock market crash, railroad companies exploited the increased capacity that containerization provides and developed the containerization industry to revitalize business. The Europeans standardized containers, strengthening the wood containers with steel frames. Americans opened the world’s first container terminal in 1932.

The Europeans created the first international standard for shipping containers in 1933 for shipments between European countries. The United States did not have a standard for shipping containers then.

Standardized steel shipping containers that could also be stacked two high finally came along in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They were used in both the UK and the US. Since the early 1950s, companies have continued to improve steel shipping containers.

Today, the basic dimensions and the permitted gross weights of standardized intermodal containers are basically determined by the two ISO standards of ISO 668:2013 and ISO 1496-1:2013.

Ninety percent of the world’s shipping containers are 20’ or 40’ general purpose or dry freight containers. Other standard lengths for intermodal containers are 40’ high cube, 45’ high cube, 48’, and 53’ and the widths are between eight feet and eight and one-half feet. Empty weights range between 4,850 lbs. for a 20’ container and 11,110 lbs. for a 53’ container.

Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian Tire began to use 60’ containers in May of 2017, increasing the volume of goods shipped per container by 13%.

Small containers that resemble those of the 1950s and 1960s are still used by the U.S. military. They are called Bicon, Tricon, and Quadcon because these containers are half, one-third, and one-fourth the size of a 20’ container in length. They correspond with standard sizes 1D, 1E and 1F in ISO 668. All of them are 8’ high. While these smaller ones pass standards, they have to be coupled in particular ways when transporting them because of their odd dimensions.

The general purpose shipping containers are known by various names, including intermodal container, dry storage container, cargo container, freight container, sea container, ocean container, sea van, sea can, c can, and Conex box.

Shipping Container Structure

Most shipping containers are constructed of corrugated walls on the top and bottom sides and then welded to the end frames and rails. Materials can be fiber-reinforced polymer, aluminum, or steel. Steel is the most commonly used material.

Shipping Container Wall Description – The walls are made of rolled steel that has been cut into sheets that have been sandblasted and primed. The primer removes rust, dirt, and contaminants. The treated steel sheets are corrugated to provide strength. The corrugated wall sheets are welded together and then square tubing is welded on top of them. They’re primed again and painted.

Shipping Container Roof Description – Roof panels are made the same way the walls are, being made of rolled, sandblasted, primed, corrugated steel that is then assembled and welded.

Shipping Container Floor Description – Wooden floor panels are assembled so as to create the floor’s frame. They’re varnished and prepared for installation. The assembler drills holes through the wood floor and then secures it to the container’s floor. He makes the floor waterproof and tests it for watertightness.

Shipping Container Door Description – The door assembly is made separately from the corner post assembly. The door assembly is installed onto the floor frame before the wall panels are installed. The door assembly and corner posts are welded. The assembler installs the door’s hardware and rubber seals.

Shipping containers have enabled the world to economically transport goods across the country or over oceans to far parts of the world. But due to trade imbalances, the U.S. quickly acquired a much larger amount of empty, used containers than the foreign countries did. By as early as the 1980s, this excess of containers led to repurposing innovations such as homes and other buildings.

Why not? Shipping containers are:

• Affordable – They cost just a couple thousand dollars or so plus the cost to ship and retrofit them.

• Ecofriendly - They are a recycled product that puts these steel boxes to good use. They also cut down on the use of trees and other natural resources commonly used in construction.

• Strong - Having been created to withstand long journeys on the high seas, they are strong and watertight.

• Unique - They are unique after you put your own touch on them.

• Flexible - They are flexible in that you can have a factory-fitted out and then ship them as they were created to be shipped to their final destination. Or you can place a container where you want it and work on it for months or years yourself.

The downsides include:

• Room width – No matter the length, most of them are just 8 feet wide before adding insulation and walls that may leave you with just 7 feet of width. That just meets code - Section 304 of the International Residential Code states that all rooms of a residence must have at least 70 square feet of space with a width of at least 7 feet. Some people use two shipping containers side by side and cut out parts of the side walls

• Insulation location – Insulation must be placed either inside or outside of the corrugated walls, which is unlike conventional walls where builders sandwich insulation behind the walls. You’ll need to consider the tradeoffs of each option.

• Utility spaces – You may have to expose all of your ducting, plumbing, electrical and mechanical lines since you won’t have space behind wall board or much ceiling clearance.

• Building code confusion – Some building officials are confused by codes as they apply to shipping container buildings. Code interpretation is a big factor.

• Local experienced contractors – Even though working on shipping containers is not hard, it is different from normal building contract work. You’ll want an experienced contractor to do things on your container that you cannot do.

• Controversial appearance – You’ll find people who are curious and positive about your creation, but you’ll also find people who don’t like anything new and don’t appreciate what you are creating.

• Safety and health concerns – The off-gassing of floor treatments and the container’s paint may concern people. But they can be encapsulated to ensure you don’t breathe them in.

Summary (Click here for a shipping container summary video)

Shipping containers have come a long way in the last century, having evolved from small unique wooden boxes to containers with standardized shipping container dimensions, made for various purposes. Containers can be transferred from one mode of transportation to another and from country to country without hassle.

Standardized shipping containers reduced transportation costs after World War II when a lot of international trade and globalization began. They did the same thing for my company but on a much smaller scale. I’m so glad that circumstances forced me to look into using shipping containers.


10 Most Insane Shipping Container Homes In The World

Have you ever dreamed of living in a shipping container home? Millions of people have the same dream, and thousands of them have acted on it. Recycled and new shipping containers represent a new era in homebuilding. Up to now, the many shipping container homes across the globe are proof that the trend is just getting underway. More and more designers, builders and consumers are finding out about the incredible potential of this worldwide movement.

The 10 Most Insane Shipping Container Homes In The World

There are thousands of awesome shipping container houses all over the world, but the following ten are a good cross-section of what anyone can do with a simple idea and the desire to live in an attractive, efficient shipping container home.

A Costa Rica Gem in San Jose (Click here for video tour)

This residence, known as the Containers of Hope house, is a 1,000-square-foot home that shows the potential of shipping container houses when it comes to low-cost, super-comfortable living quarters. The structure’s designer, Studio Saxe, did the job for a client who wanted to see how much $40,000 could buy. The entire space serves as a main residence for owners, the Peralta family, of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Because the owners wanted to enjoy the great outdoors and be able to have a place where their horses could run free, they asked the designers to keep things simple and do the entire job on a modest budget. That meant taking just two shipping containers and placing them, essentially, side by side and elevating them above the ground.

One of the more ingenious features is the way the two containers were staggered so that the owners could enjoy a full view of the sun rising and setting from virtually anywhere in the house! The design team even figured out a way to use the metal cut-outs from the windows: they attached the sheets and build a covered space between the two units. The area allows for ideal airflow and practically eliminates the need for electric-powered cooling.

Living their dream in a gorgeous spot, the owners make perfect use of the open-air style, numerous windows and perfectly-placed cement support posts that offer stability, under-unit air passage and simple beauty to this one-of-a-kind creation.

The “Flagstaff Container House” (Click here for a video tour)

This incredibly comfortable home on the outskirts of one of Arizona’s coldest cities, Flagstaff, shows just how well a container home can protect its residents against harsh elements. Architects Brown and Hahn built the home for private owners in 2011. The estimated budget at the time was approximately $60,000.

This home has the distinction of being the very first container home in the state and was put together from six separate units. With a crystal clear view of the famous San Francisco Peaks, the house features a cool-mint exterior coating. The two stories boast five decks in all and are set up to use a passive solar energy system, ideal for capturing the bright rays of Arizona’s summers and using them to warm the home during the frigid winters.

The unique coating is made from all-ceramic materials to keep heat in during winter. A layer of bio-foam insulation contributes to the overall energy efficiency of this stylish abode. The Flagstaff Container House won a major sustainability award for its green energy use and the way the designers created an interior that is fully imbued with natural light year-round. If you’re even in Flagstaff, drive to the south side of the city and ask anyone, “Which way to the container house?” They’ll know because the place is one of Flagstaff’s most famous houses.

The Beach Box (Click here for a video tour)

In the Hamptons, NY, the “Beach Box House” is already a legend. Some interesting numbers: the home is a mere 600 feet from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and was built for about $60,000 but recently sold to a private seller for $1,3 million. The high price is primarily attributable to its incredible location in an already pricey location. At just 2,000 square feet, the Beach House really packs in the amenities.

The kitchen is as modern as can be, and there’s even an outdoor shower next to the pool! The original owners wanted to build the “perfect beach home” that wasn’t a mansion. The rooms are spacious and well laid out. There’s a 1,300 SF outdoor deck that surrounds that sparkling pool. The home’s gorgeous white oak floors and energy-conscious polyurethane foam insulation are testament to the fact that beauty and smart energy use can indeed coexist.

The home used just six containers to achieve what is sometimes called “eco-luxury” construction. The point of the clever design is to showcase a high-end living space that gets by on a fraction of the energy a typical home uses. What an astoundingly wise way to use a half-dozen repurposed shipping containers.

The Hybrid House (Click here for a video tour)

The Hybrid House in Mojave, Calif., is very close to Joshua Tree and was originally built for just $200 per square foot. The size of the home is 2,300 SF and includes one bedroom along with 1.5 baths and a very large workspace. The designers were asked by the original owner to construct a home that could serve equally as well for office purposes, and they did just that.

The all prefab materials kept costs low, as did the unique use of large pieces of scrap metal in all areas of the home. It includes a large garage, several individual offices, and was built by Ecotech Design for owner Tim Palen Studios. All the containers are “stacked” onto a single frame that made construction fast and efficient.

Price Street Project (Click here for a video tour)

The Price Street Project on the outskirts of Savannah is one of the “pricier” shipping container homes you’ll come across. Builders used steel I-beams to position a pair of 40-foot containers six feet away from each other. The floor of the in-between area is a wood-frame beauty that is covered by a unique shed-style roof.

One thing you’ll instantly notice about this home is that two of its exterior walls are still in their original, container-like state. The designer did this intentionally as a reminder that this attractive, luxurious home was once nothing more than a common shipping container. There’s natural wood throughout and plenty of open space to let sunlight in. However, the home’s interior is a modernist masterpiece of black floors that appear to be, but are not, made of concrete.

There’s just a single bedroom even though the space could likely have allowed for another. A clever touch: the designer decided to leave the original container doors on the unit. That made for a nice mixture of modernism and raw naturalism all around.

 

The “Old Lady” House (Click here for a video tour)

 

The Old Lady House is a true masterpiece of modern design, boasting 3,500 SF of living space in five separate containers that have been completely re-done to offer simplicity, functional workspace and a comfortable living area.

The center courtyard is one detail that sets this abode apart from other small homes. The rustic feel is everywhere, which is exactly as designer Adam Kalkin anticipated. The fir-wood floors and entryways that hold strong mahogany doors are proof that shipping container homes can not only be beautiful and as sturdy as needed. There’s even an overall “industrial” feel to this home, again an intended effect.

The concrete floors in work areas, oversize doors, steel beams and larger-than-life views add to the overall design goals of providing a cozy home within a factory-like work area.

 

The Container Guest House (Click here for a video tour)

 

The Container Guest House is a Poteet Architects creation that was built on land that was once a factory site but is now the locale of a container home like no other. There are key features all over the home that make it different, like the ceiling-to-floor doors, a roof-mounted irrigation system that services the entire property, a box-like general look that makes the place look like a simple little house from the outside, and a breathtaking interior made completely of bamboo plywood.

Built in 2010, this 1,200 SF container home is a work of green engineering at its best. The water system was the most costly part of the home, for obvious reasons. Utilizing a complex method for re-using runoff, rainfall and gray water from the home itself, the system reduces typical water use by nearly 80 percent. The foundation? It’s made from telephone poles that have been recycled and cut specifically for support.

 

The Kalkin House (Click here for a video tour)

 

The Kalkin House is located in Vermont on the grounds of a famous institution, the Shelburne Museum in the city of the same name. Originally called “The Collector’s House,” the Kalkin House is not a residence but a home-like showcase for various items in the museum’s world-class collection.

Built in 2001 from three shipping containers, the space was opened up by making the entryway a 2-story garage door aperture on both the front and the back. To complete the vast, open-air effect, sails were used as makeshift curtains all around. Even though the house is officially part of a museum, it’s kept in its original “domestic home” arrangement, complete with a comfortable bedroom, a working kitchen and storage areas.

 

The Nederland Home (Click here for a video tour)

 

The Nederland Home is a wonder of engineering genius. It is built from two containers that make up the outer frame, but the interior space consists of another container duo, this time stacked on their sides to create an overall triangular effect from an exterior point of view.

The owner, world-famous contractor Andrew McMullin, designed this one-of-a-kind structure features ceiling windows that allow for viewing the night sky and the nearby granite cliffs that are part of his rock-climbing avocation. McMullin was careful to construct a solid residence because he knows well that local weather conditions can be treacherous. Winds typically reach speeds in excess of 100 mph, so the walls had to be reinforced and the floors feature concrete that had to be poured in a special way to accommodate the boulder-filled ground.

 

The Container Studio (Click here for a video tour)

 

The Container Studio is a simple beauty of a place, constructed to be a small, just 950 SF, artist’s studio. Designer Maziar Behrooz was careful to imbue the entire project, from materials to form, with an air of clean simplicity. Featuring just two shipping containers, the two-story structure offers incredible views of the surrounding environment of Long Island’s more remote landscape. The design won a major award from the American Institute of Architects.

The pair of 8 x 40 foot containers was placed in such a way as to create a double-story studio that has no bathrooms and no kitchen. However, it does have a second level that is something of a dedicated viewing area, complete with giant windows and full views of both sunset and sunrise every day of the year.

Because these small studio homes are created by one of the world’s most renowned designers, prices are on the high end of the container home market, typically ranging in the $99,000-plus category. The designers now specialize in building container homes like these, but others can be configured to include bedrooms, bathrooms and more practical living space.

Shipping Container Homes are Fun, Efficient and Priced Right

The real secret about shipping container homes is that they can be whatever you want them to be. If you’re on a budget or have oodles to spend, you can get a container home that fits your needs and desires. Containers are versatile, simple, attractive, sturdy and safe.

They truly are one of the most important new concepts in home design to come along in a hundred years. What does your ideal shipping container home look like? Design one in your mind and make a few sketches to get started. There’s no better time than now.


Walking Outside to My Oasis Or Buying a Shipping Container Pool

Is a Personal Oasis Just a Fantasy?

Have you ever fantasized about waking up to a personal oasis? Have you ever felt as if you deserved daily vacations? It’s easy to believe that such ideas are irrational. Let’s be honest...To walk outside of your home each day to your own oasis takes a healthy sense of gratitude and creativity. Or does it? Both ideas are in closer reach with the presence of a shipping container pool. Consider it a step towards living the dream.

Get Ready for Relaxation!

A shipping container swimming pool is a pool that can be constructed in multiple dimensions. Typically, pools can be assembled in standard lengths and depths. To accommodate unique requests, the desired pool can be built in various sizes. A few dimensions that it may be constructed into include, a 6 meters by 40 ft container or a 12 meters by 40 ft container. These pools can hold 4800 gallons of water. The unique pool can lead to numerous moments of peace and tranquillity. It sounds like an oasis to me.

Endless Sizing Options

A container pool is more than just a tank of water placed above or below ground. It is not just a simplified copy of a traditional swimming pool. Rather, it is a highly customizable and specialized pool system that comes in various widths and depths. It is associated with large volumes of confined water and can be strategically placed both above and embedded in the ground. Placing a shipping container pool above ground is often seen. Though the differences are clear, it is still appropriate to relate such a system to the Traditional pool. But, you might want to prepare to be completely amazed!

Putting it all into Comparison

I never thought that I would want a home with a swimming pool. I assumed that pools were made for beautiful fall leaves to clog up the drains and for annoying mosquitos to have a target site to swarm around. Then, I realized that I would gladly, or somewhat gladly, go through all of that if and only if I could transfer my pool with me to any suitable location. 

It might be the best choice of pool styles for those who wish to relocate their upgraded pool to designated homes!

By placing the pool above ground, one can then decide to transfer it to various locations. As one may imagine, the pool is often transferred with the aid of a professional who is familiar with the proper use of a crane. Transferring the pool with a crane is clever for both safety and ease. I guess you can say that the “Shipping” Pool container lives up to its name!

An Oldie but….a Goodie?

A Traditional pool and the Shipping container pool may be used as tools for swimming and relaxation. Both can hold large amounts of water within a confined area and can be customized with various depths and associated dimensions. 

Though the similarities between a Traditional pool and a Container pool are numerous, there are indeed significant factors that separate the two.

  • Traditional pool is commonly embedded in the ground
  • Traditional pool commonly has a separate stand-alone hot tub
  • often Traditional pool is NOT TRANSFERABLE

On the other hand

  • Shipping container pool is often above the ground
  • Container pool has a customizable hot tub within the pool
  • Often, Shipping container pool IS TRANSFERABLE!!

Though the shipping container pool holds much value and flexibility, the traditional pool might be the pool option for those who may not want to upgrade their aquatic dreams. Bummer!!

Bringing All the Parts Together

Many parts come together to make up the whole container pool. Such parts are both blatantly obvious, while others are purposely discrete. Along with the sturdy presentation of the arranged parts, each specific item serves both a unique and undoubtedly necessary purpose. 

Secure Stairway to Promote Child Safety

Many people may find it relaxing to hear the sound of playful laughter and cheers while entertaining others. Many people may enjoy the presence of the company for additional comfort and socialization. Without an ounce of hesitation, I am one of those people. With this in mind, the idea of inviting close family and friends to my place of residence for an eventful day of swimming in my future pool fits right in with my dreams of creating an oasis. Also, with this in mind, safety is a must-have for such a get-together. As family and friends gather around a pool, both they and I can be reassured that safety was at the forefront of the Shipping container pool development. For instance, there is a strategically placed stairway within the pool for both entrance and exit from it. 

Polyurethane Coating for Protection from Corrosion

Each pool is constructed with doors that are suitable to withstand the test of time. As the pool may be consistently exposed to water and heat, proper construction with durable material is necessary. Thankfully, that is exactly what the Shipping container pool is made of. The durably created material incorporated into the making this item includes, but it not limited to, polyurethane. The incorporated polyurethane is used as a coating to protect the pool from corrosion. The process of corrosion is probable in scenarios in which metal is in contact with liquid. The process of corrosion forms rust, which is seen as the infamous red-orange coating of metals. It’s easy to say that the corrosion of metals was a likely concern for the engineers of the container. Thankfully the use of polyurethane was utilized as a protective barrier against the process of corrosion. 

Filtration Pool Pump & Skimmer box

As previously mentioned, the dread of having to tackle a pool full of fall leaves and summer mosquitoes was amongst my greatest dreads of owning a pool. Never in a million years did I imagine that I would have a change of mind. The reasoning behind the filtration pump and skimmer box found in the pool was just what I needed. These items may have been intelligently designed for the sole idea to make life a little easier. With the filtration pool pump and the skimmer box, debris, such as twigs from trees and accompanied leaves, can be separated from the liquid content of the pool. Such a feature might allow for easier cleanup and sanitation. The faster you can rid the container pool of unwanted debris, the faster you may be able to return to your state of basking in your chosen form of an oasis. 

Constructed with Durable Material

When told that even the best things come to an end, it is comforting to know that a Shipping container pool just might be an exception. To make such a bold statement must mean that the pool might be made out of one of the most industrialized forms of durable steel. The answer is YES! The Shipping container pool is made out of durable material to decrease the amounts of cracks found within the pool. In the occurrence of a crack in the pool, organisms and bacteria are likely to grow. For instance, the accumulation of algae has been seen to grow rapidly in pool areas unintentionally exposed to moisture, such as in an unintentionally developed surface crack. Thankfully the developers and structural engineers of the Shipping container pool may have been in agreeance with my oasis dreams when they decided to incorporate only the most efficient non-porous material for the development of the container. 

Water Heating System

In my opinion, there really is no point in calling it a “hot tub” if it doesn’t get hot. In an unforeseen twist, the Shipping container pools continue to have the ability to shock us all. In all actuality, is the fact that the pool comes with this feature shocking? With this being said, it contains a heating system that appropriately and customizable provides heat to the pool. If basking in under the sun on a breezy afternoon isn’t enough, try basking in the gently heated hot tub of a container pool on a quiet winter night. Pure oasis! At this point, is it ok to assume that it is engineered to stand up to its doubters? Maybe. Just Maybe! 

Putting on the Unique Touches

Smooth Shell Colors

The Shipping container pools do not disappoint with regard to beauty. The container is built in not only a durable fashion but also in a highly stylish manner. For instance, the inner layer, the shell, consists of durable material. When constructing pools, the material of choice is often an appropriate amount of layered fiberglass. The fiberglass serves as a smooth texture for swimmers and oasis seekers, alike. In the case of those who would like to customize the color of the fiberglass decided upon, the brief answer is YES! The fiberglass comes in many different variations of attractive colors.

Customizable LED Lighting

A Shipping container pool does not get its recognition as a luxurious item due to its convenient size alone. Rather, a pool also receives its accolades based on the fabulous features in which it entails. Such features include the ability to customize the LED lights to various colors of visual delight while the pool is in use. To say that such a feature is offered can be a great addition to my oasis-like dreams.

Temperature Regulated Spa Area

After analyzing the durability, the variations of color for the LED lighting, the variations of color for the shell and the multiple dimensions, one may work up a sweat. Have no fear!…a customizable hot tub section in the container is here! That’s right, the Shipping container pool may come with a built-in hot tub area. The built-in hot tub area is carefully designed and meant to impress. With adjustable temperature settings, the hot tub can be a needed break for those who desire to relax and soak up the sun in an appropriately heated section of the pool container. The ability to have multiple temperatures of water in a single swimming pool container is utterly remarkable. Well, what else would you expect out of an oasis?! Such a feature is great to have as it may provide instant relaxation.

With this being said...the Traditional pool might be the best pool option for those who do not see a transfer or relocation of homes in the future... BUMMER!

Choosing Personalized Swimming Pool Dimensions

The Shipping container pool can be designed to accommodate a numerous amount of size requirements. A potential owner is given much leeway in regard to the build of the pool. For instance, the owner has the option of expanding or decreasing both the width and depth of the pool. Often, dimensions of a 6 meters by 40 feet container or 12 meters by 40 feet container are requested. However, and as previously mentioned, such sizes are customizable. For instance, if a potential owner were to desire a shorter pool with a greater width, such accommodations may be able to be made. Without a doubt, the Shipping container pool is often calculated to satisfy the unique requests of potential buyers. 

I Can See it All From Here!

The deck is yet another area of the pool that provides the owner with a sense of participation in the design of the showcased piece. As the pool is created to amaze, the own adds an extra touch of personality with the choice of color and material applied to the deck. It accommodates those who want to indulge in the pool area, as well as those who want to remain dry, yet bask in awe of the oasis at hand. The deck might be the desire of those who would choose the latter. In either scenario, those who have the pleasure of being associated with the pool might be impressed by the unending opportunities found within a highly underestimated “container”.

Above Ground Shipping container pool

As previously mentioned, the pool can be placed above ground. Such an attribute might allow for greater ease in transfer, while also providing a spectacular display. Though it can be placed above ground, it cannot be placed over just any surface. To expand on this statement, the potential buyer must be aware of the thought processes that go into the placement of such a remarkable item.

The following steps are often incorporated in the process of installing an ABOVE GROUND Shipping container pool

  • Select desired pool location
  • Analyze ground for appropriateness of soil
  • Construct concrete slab with appropriate dimensions (slightly bigger than final container pool size)
  • Utilize a crane to deliver and place your swimming pool above ground
  • Just add water, of course!

The goal of having an oasis in one’s backyard is to promote relaxation. Heavy Lifting for Installation? Sorry, I’ve Never Heard of It! With this being said, the process of installing a container pool was created to be an adventure that doesn’t require the owner to lift even a single finger. 

Further Explanation of Installation:

The ground surface must first be cleared and appropriately leveled prior to placement of the above-ground pool. Often, a solid concrete slab is placed above the soil of the selected placement site. If the soil condition itself is judged as being too porous, additional consultation from a local engineer for continued analysis is encouraged. Though consulting a professionally trained engineer in regard to the placement of the pool may seem like a tedious step towards relaxation, such a requirement might better promote the longevity of the pool. Proper alignment may also ensure the sustained ability to contain large amounts of water within the pool. 

The proper alignment of the pool might enable users to feel as though they're on a true vacation, right from one’s backyard!

Utilizing a Crane

After the placement site of the pool has been agreed upon, the heavy (literally) part begins. This next step is so heavy, that a crane is needed. It will be delivered to the buyer as a completely built product with all parts already assembled. Unless you can lift a container pool that weighs over 5,000 pounds, the use of a crane is recommended for placement above the prepared concrete slab. 

Embedding a container pool

Many, but not all owners of container pools have the desire for the pool to be above ground. This might be due to the ease of transfer and installation. However, each owner has a unique outlook on what an oasis is to be. With this being said, a select few desire to have a pool that is embedded into to ground. Such a vision requires similar installation steps and is mixed with additional creativity.

  • Select the desired location
  • Analyze ground for appropriateness of soil
  • Obtain appropriate machinery to create a hole in the soil
  • Obtain appropriate machinery (crane) to place the specially formed container in a created location
  • Just add water and enjoy!
Time to Kick Back, Relax, and last but not least, Enjoy the Oasis!

The Shipping container pool is the delight of many homeowners. It's also the delight of guests invited to enjoy. Being able to walk out of the back door and into an oasis is more than exciting. Such a dream is thought to be a delusional wish. Such inspiration is thought to be a sign of irrationality. But wait! It has changed the outlook on what a backyard paradise can be. The idea of having a personal, safe, heated, and color-coordinated pool in one’s backyard is no longer just a dream. It can now be a reality. An oasis, a refuge and a place of relaxation can be even closer than “right around the corner”. Don’t be silly. Why go around the corner when you can just go to your own backyard?!