What Can't You Do With A Shipping Container?

June 22, 2017Jun 22, 2017

It's like an aquarium for your kids. 

Paul and Denise Rathnam’s Modpools are repurposed shipping containers with a window in the side that allows your kids to see out of the pool while they’re swimming—and allows you to see your kids while they’re under the water.

It’s also recycling. “People like to get behind it,” says Paul Rathnam to the Vancouver Sun. “The traditional pool is a symbol of excess and waste. This is a little more modern, more modest. We’re repurposing something rather than recycling.” He also notes that the pool can be resold and the owners can even take it with them if they move houses.

A standard sized pool, which is 8 feet wide by 20 feet long and five feet deep, runs $26,900, which is more than half the cost of a traditional in ground, concrete pool. It also features a hot tub separated from the pool by a clear polyethylene wall. 

“With a Modpool, we have our kids swimming around, we have our eyes on them, but we’re doing it from a nice hot tub with a drink in our hands.”

Seeing how much fun Rathnam’s kids are having in their pool makes me think more pools should have windows.