Live, swim in shipping containers? Placer County event shows you how

Auburn Home Show’s spring edition features Taynr, Honomobo homes, Modpool pools
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Canada’s Paul and Denise Rathnam founded Modpools in 2017 and are finding a market in California.


You never know what you’re going to discover at the Auburn Home Show.

And this spring’s edition starting Friday and continuing through Sunday at Gold Country Fairgrounds is no exception.

Featured will be shipping containers that are being repurposed for both living and swimming in.

The swimming version is by a Canadian business hailing out of Vancouver, B.C., that is finding a market for its Modpools in warmer climates like California and Texas.

Sammy Diab, general manager of the year-old enterprise said that climate and proximity is boosting sales in Southern states. Units sold are over the century mark after Modpool’s first year of business.

Plus, once a pool is installed, the angular shape gets high style marks.

“It has a very modular, New Age look to it,” Diab said. “It’s steering clear of the oval and kidney shaped pools. It’s a great look.”

And a container house to go with the container pool is also in the offing, with sales information from businesses Taynr and Honomobo at the Home Show. Both businesses re-fashion shipping containers into new structures that can be used as tiny homes, secondary dwellings or garage additions.

The Home Show at the fairgrounds will bring together hundreds of indoor and outdoor, home-oriented businesses in one location. It’s an event that regularly attracts thousands of visitors and locals to the fairgrounds. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The most accessible parking is in the fairgrounds lot off Auburn Folsom Road.

Prizes and giveaways are also part of the event, with the grand prize of a Modpool valued at $34,200.

General admission is $8. Seniors 65 and up can get in for 43 on Friday. Children 5-12 are $1 with an adult. Children under 5 have free admission.