Drillbit's Trophy Room Build

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  1. Drillbit

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    Hello all. I've been a long time reader of Africahunting and learned so much. Thank you for the amazing stories and pictures. I went on my first safari in July of this year at Limcroma. Had a great time and took 8 animals between my son and myself. We've run out of room in our house and are building a stand alone addition that will be part trophy room and part man cave with pool table, shuffle board, and TV. The plans call for a 30x40' room. 14' Cathedral ceilings that peak out at about 21'. And the addition will have a closet and bathroom.

    Prep for pouring the foundation:
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  2. Drillbit

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    View from the summer kitchen:

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    The framing goes up fast:

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  3. BRICKBURN

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    Good luck with your new cave.
     

  4. Red Leg

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    Look forward to seeing the finished product!
     

  5. 375 Ruger Fan

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    @Drillbit Looks like you are off to a great start. I just got done and moved into a house we built and I did a nice size man cave. Your 30x40 dimension will be great and good choice in ceiling height too. My room is 20x30 and of course I wish it was a bit bigger. One thing you might strongly consider is putting 3/4" plywood on all the walls, before sheet rocking. That way you can hang anything anywhere you want and not have to find a stud. BTW, it looks like you are framing with 2x6 and that's a good choice for a taller, free standing structure. Going with the plywood will also help contribute to making a very strong structure.
     

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    What are the provisions for heating and or air conditioning? Any thoughts about putting in facilities for a kitchenette? Being a retired engineer myself, I really liked 375 Ruger Fan's suggestion of lining the walls with 3/4" plywood. Laid horizontally with staggered joints would stiffen that structure immensely.
     
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  7. Drillbit

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    Yes 2x6 for framing. I'm putting on a tile roof so it needed extra support. And yes, adding 3/4" plywood on interior (idea I got off of this board). I'll have an HVAC unit above the closet with returns above the entry, so the interior space isn't compromised. Kitchenette - debated it but decided to pass and save money. Might put in some kind of liquor cabinet/butler's pantry type thing once completed.
     

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    Cool, looking forward to the finished product!
     
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    Man this will be fun to watch as you go along. Please keep pictures coming!
     
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    I really am looking forward to the remainder. I got as far as the slab poured for my mancave/trophy room before my divorce!
     
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    Definitely grunt worthy:

     
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  12. Drillbit

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    The build is actually a little bit further along, so its going to get "built" pretty quickly.

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  13. Ridgewalker

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    This is exciting! I have an acre, but at my age, I’m spending my funds on hunts. If I had the foresight to do this 20 years ago, it would have been a grand idea! Watching this closely!
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  14. 375 Ruger Fan

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    Making excellent progress! Notice you have a post tension foundation too, you and your contractor are doing it right.
     

  15. Drillbit

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    At dry in stage. Working on plumbing and electrical

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  16. kevin masters

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    very nice looking! I am envious!!
     

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    Looking forward to the rest of the build!!
     

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    That's pretty awesome!!! Cant wait till it is finished.
     

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    Looks great!
     

  20. Drillbit

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    Electrical and HVAC in. Spray foam insulation followed the very next day with 3/4" plywood. They are moving fast! In the corners I added 45 degree angles to allow for additional mounts and minimizing wasted space.

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