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New Office

Bought my new/office home lego blocks yesterday. 2 x 20' High Cube (9'6" tall) containers. They are in brand new condition from one of the companies that has them built in China to their design and rents the space on the trip out here, other than that unused.

Just under $10kau for the pair. They're green on the outside (wanted primrose/beige but none available) but light grey on the inside like all containers.

I plan on filling them with my stock in the next couple of weeks and then shipping them full to the new warehouse.
Once there and emptied the work begins getting 4m cut from the side of each 6m container before getting a 4m filler strip welded up to extend the main room to 4m x 6m deep.

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This is the basic design, there is a post in the shed about where the desk is that will determine whether the filler module will be 1.2 or 1.8 or maybe even 2.4 deep which would change the proposed fit out a bit. The filler module will be welded steel RHS, i'll see what sizes they have in second grade at good prices when i start. I'll be using as much of the steel panel that comes off the sides of the containers as possible.

Room for a bedroom and an office plus the main large room is really as much room as i live in now in a 4 bedroom house. There is a new kitchen and bathroom already in the warehouse that would be just past where the TV is shown as sitting and would be accessed by either of the southern door sets.

I am still in debate as to whether to have a raised section with windows in the center module, i'll see what the costs are i guess. At this stage i am planning on painting internally and just glossing the plywood floors and using large mats although i may consider bamboo flooring if i don't like the look of the oiled ply.

Considering insulating the walls (or parts of them) with 20mm coolroom panels but it's an expense i may not need so i'll see. It will be fitted with wall mount reverse cycle although i don't expect to really use the heat.

I'll do a picumentry of the build if anyone's interested. I expect the final budget to be somewhere tween $30k and $40k although if full insulation is needed i would expect that to add $8-10k.

The house/office will be transportable if needed with a little cutting and prizing.

Really looking forward to it, a long time since i've done a design/construction project this big.

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  • edited October 31

    This is the house that inspired my tribute.

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  • Unless the plywood flooring is rife with knot holes that have popped, you'll be able to make it look quite nice. I stained and varnished a tongue & groove plywood floor in my oldest daughter's room when she was at home and it turned out really well for what it was.

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  • Nah, it's brand new. It's quite good quality although i'll have to fill the recessed screw holes.

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  • edited December 2

    Work began in earnest yesterday. We moved the empty box into position on Tuesday using the fork lift on one end and a pallet jack on the other.

    Yesterday the opening was cut, it's ended up about 3.8m, there is a heavy gauge 50mm post going in where the side corrugations end to support the top rail. I had some 50 x 50 x 6 RHS on my steel rack at home for some reason, so very handy for this.

    Got onto some very cheap 89 x 89 x 2.5 downgrade RHS yesterday ($30 per 8m length) so next week the box section/extender will start construction. I'm going with 1.2m width and i'm going back to the 4m length as well as space is a compromise.
    We'll be reusing the panels cut out of the sides to minimise waste as much as possible.

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    Boxes are very green ATM, but i have a cunning plan for that.

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  • So I have to ask, being that you're in the southern hemisphere, do the fan blades rotate in the opposite direction from those in the northern hemisphere? B-)

    Looking good.
    Plan for success. Leave room for expansion

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  • No they all rotate in the same direction here as far as i know. Mercury made a Duoprop that rotated in the opposite direction, that's the only one i'm familiar with.

    Thanks for the kind words, i'm excited with the daily progress i'm making. Most of the stock is unpacked, only 5 pallets to go :))
    Trouble with that is i got my new parts shipment yesterday, 4 tonne of fittings that i don't look like getting to for a little while. I have two 380, 8" Dash systems to pick and pack first.

    Plumber coming this morning to install laundry tub and connect water, washer and dryer here in boxes ready to connect up.
    Sparky coming sometime in the next few days to install more power points around the place, welder working full time on my project and the kitchen guys next door working on the extension to the existing kitchen in their spare time.

    So much to do, but hopefully have it's back broken by Xmas.

    Shopping for sliding glass doors atm.

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  • Looking great from here :-bd

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  • edited December 3

    Thanks mate.

    This is my new back yard, the back beach. It's about 4 blocks from my place rather than the 10 blocks to the front beach.

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    Should have took the 4wd instead of the Rampy, would have saved me walking down the ramp as you can drive along the whole length.
    Anyway the water was fine an hour ago.

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  • That's some kind of hard living there @punkin.

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  • edited December 3

    I know that beach @punkin.

    Here is a few pictures of my current beach. And its all mine -30km of it and after 4 pm behind a locked gate on one of the best mulloway fishing beaches in OZ. And a zillion acres ( of nothing ). Anyone driving Perth to Adelaide i know where there is a spare bed.

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  • They certainly are and it looks ideal.

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  • Swell must be up i can hear the ocean this morning.

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