Virginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed at her Burpengary home. Picture: AAP image, John Gass.
Virginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed at her Burpengary home. Picture: AAP image, John Gass.

Would you swim in a bin? Dad's incredible idea for a pool

ONE rubbish idea has allowed a Sunshine Coast dad to not only give his children a long-wished for swimming pool but also start a successful small business.

Accountant Hans Windell was searching fruitlessly for an affordable plunge pool for his family home when the idea struck to fibreglass the inside of a skip bin and turn it into a swimming pool.

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"We decided to get a pool at our house but the quotes that we were getting were astronomical," he said.

"I explored other options including above ground pools but living on slopey acreage made it even harder and just increased the cost of the pools."

Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool. Picture: supplied.
Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool. Picture: supplied.

Mr Windell said his frugal idea was not initially embraced by all members of his family.

"My daughter almost started crying when I told her that the skip bin was our pool," he said.

"She was not impressed. But the family loves the pool now, especially come Christmas time."

It was 18-months between inspiration striking and Mr Windell's wife and two daughters being able to swim in the bin but in that time Mr Windell also began creating Skip Pools Australia.

Mr Windell said the "robust, strong and versatile" nature of skips made them perfect for conversion into plunge pools and easy to transport.

Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool
Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool

"As far as I am aware, no one is doing this at the moment and we might even be the first to do this in the world," he said.

Mr Windell said the compact dimensions of the pools - 4m long, 1.5m wide and either 1.2m or 1.5m deep - made them perfect for the suburban backyard.

Each custom pool includes a filter, lights, steps and engineering drawings.

Hans Windell in the original Skip Pool with his daughters. Picture: supplied.
Hans Windell in the original Skip Pool with his daughters. Picture: supplied.

"Our company doesn't install the pools, but we do know very capable pool installers who will assist with the installation, excavation and all the other components needed for our customers to enjoy our pools," Mr Windell said.

Virginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed in the backyard of her new Burpengary East home in August.

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Virginia has had a skip bin pool installed at her Burpengary home.
Virginia has had a skip bin pool installed at her Burpengary home.

"I recently built a new house and had a little bit of money left over that I wanted to spend on a plunge pool," she said.

"Everyone still wanted $22,000 plus for a small pool, which was out of my budget. I believe some of the cost is because if the labour and the machines needed to crane a pool in.

"I came across Skips Pools on Facebook and went to Hans place to check one out.

"It ended up being about half the price."

Ms Pryor said her pool arrived at 7am one morning and was in the ground, filled with water by 6pm that night.

"It's such an easy and fantastic idea. I can't believe no one has thought of it before," she said.

Originally published as Would you swim in a skip bin?