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Copying over from R2R... this build definitely hasn’t gone this quick!

So a little background: The wife and I purchased some land (9 acres) as a future site of our "forever home". The land had two access points from the street, so we subdivided one access point into a lot and built a small home to live in while we pay off the land and save for the construction of the new home. We're on a 5 year plan, but we'll see how that goes. Kids have a way of changing things LOL!!!

Our house is a cozy, but comfortable, 3B 2B, but it lacks any "extra" space and, if we add a second kid to the mix, my tank is getting the boot from where is sits now...

My father in law had a 8x16 portable storage building that he wasn't using and asked if I wanted it...
And with that a plan was hatched!
 

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The "Shack" truly lived up to its name...

After I had the building moved to my place I got to inspect it a lot more closely and I started to reconsider said plan:

The aluminum siding was paper thin and had several holes.
The base had severe rot and termite damage.
Several of the studs needed to be replaced. In fact the entire front wall had to be reframed.
 

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I've spent several weeks in the LA heat after work and on weekends, but I've made some progress on bringing some life back into this shack.
The good thing about building your own house means you have a lot of lumber left over.

I replaced the floor joists and added some 16' 4x6 skids. Even added some 4x4 "joists" simply because I had them left over from building a fence. I could literally park a truck on this thing and it wouldn't move.

I replaced the rotted studs. Replaced some of the plywood flooring and added another layer of subfloor.

Ripped off the aluminum siding and replaced it with a good OSB coated and primed siding. You may notice that the old windows are gone and a new one has been placed in the end.
 

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I wish the work put into this thing went as fast as this thread... LOL

Exterior trim (yes I need another piece under the window).
Stripping for Drywall.
Electrical rough in and insulation.
 

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Things will slow down after this post as this will get you caught up on the current status of the shack. If any of you have never hung and floated drywall... it's worth paying someone to do it!!! I haven't done it since I worked construction with my dad many moons ago. Hated it then, and hate it now, but the wife has me on a budget. Hanging it isn't the bad part really, but the floating and sanding, and sanding, and sanding, and sanding... SUCKS!

Bonus: I was cleaning the gutters out this weekend and managed to get a bird's eye view of the shack
 

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I should be able to get a coat of primer and paint on the interior walls this weekend. If I manage to get some of the trim done that'll be a bonus, but the goal is paint for now.

I've found a program online to help me figure out the layout. I have standard reef ready 75 that I'll be using as a main display, and another standard 75 that I'll be plumbing into the same sump and using as a frag tank. I know a standard 75 isn't your typical frag tank, but I already have it, so might as well use it. My current tank is a 40B and so I've included that in the mock up, but I may not use it. If I do, it'll probably be an isolated system.

Everything in this layout is to scale. If you have any advice or suggestions feel free to share.
 

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So your planning to put the tank in the shack ?
Man cave set up with tanks OR you plan to start farming corals ?
 

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Fast forward a bit... interior is painted, exterior is painted, and flooring is done. Next project is running the plumbing lines. The water line running to my garden and the drain from house is only about 6’ away I just have to tap into them.

So close to getting tanks in here!
 

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If any of you have never hung and floated drywall... it's worth paying someone to do it!!!
Absolutely!! Would rather be on my knees laying tile all day before doing sheetrock again..

Everything in this layout is to scale. If you have any advice or suggestions feel free to share.
There may or may not end up being a futon in there lol. Might find more reasons to have the wife put me in the dog house!
Was going to say, you only show a single chair, where is the couch for your buddies to share from that mini fridge?

It looks nice.
 

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Absolutely!! Would rather be on my knees laying tile all day before doing sheetrock again..



Was going to say, you only show a single chair, where is the couch for your buddies to share from that mini fridge?

It looks nice.

Thanks! It's still a work in progress. I'm just ready to get to the point of getting some tanks in there. I'll sit on the floor and share out of a cooler for a while if I have to.
 

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That’s looking great bud but I gotta ask was there any of the old shed left after you got done lol.
Oh yes gotta have the beer fridge for when one of us comes to take a look

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Honestly there’s still about 50-60% of the old building left. I’ve updated and added a lot for sure but it still saved me a ton compared to building from scratch. Having a ton of scrap material helped too. Whenever I get this thing up and running I’d be glad to have people over to show it off... just bring a frag(s) to help me fill it up! LOL
 

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This looks awesome! Maybe one day I will have something similar. This sparked some ideas looking at your floor plan. Add a mixing tank next to the rodi. Maybe move the sink to the end wall. Then you can extend/slide the work table down and have room for the fridge there so you can fit the futon and maybe the recliner or 2 chairs
 
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