There are so many things to consider when you’re looking at getting a pool – especially a shipping container pool. Now that you can install a shipping container pool at the fraction of the cost and get the full benefits of a regular pool – if you do it correctly.

But before you can install an affordable swimming pool on your property, there are 5 quick considerations you need to make. These are:

Council Regulations & Building codes. Depending on the location of your property, the government might have some kind of building restrictions for swimming pools. Make sure you consult with your local authorities first before installing a shipping container swimming pool. This is especially important if the pool will be partially or completely below ground.

Available space. You will require quite a bit of space to install the pool. This will determine its dimensions and the number of containers you will require. If there’s enough space and the budget allows it, you can have a couple of shipping containers welded together to create a larger pool. You can also play around with arrangements to create a shape that is more pleasing to you. Also the type of soil and slope of your land will regulate how the pool is installed.

Depth. Containers are 2.6 meters high for regular containers and 2.9 meters for high cubes. This will generally be the depth of the pool without modifications. Or, the container can be cut to make your desired depth. If you do choose to use the container with its original height, however, you might want to install it partially or completely below ground for convenience reasons or have a deck constructed around it if it’s totally above ground.

Cost. Although shipping container pools are often inexpensive to construct, running costs will almost be the same as those of a normal pool. Consider the type of pump and filtration equipment you’ll use to keep these costs as low as possible over the pool’s lifespan. Also excavation costs can blow out if the container pool will be partially or completely below ground.

Interior lining. Similar to regular swimming pools, container pools can be fitted with different linings depending on the budget and preference. Common linings for this kind of pools are fibreglass or heavy duty painting. Something to remember also is that shipping containers are constructed to keep water out, not in.