This Englishman took hobbyist to a whole new level after destroying his home for the end result: a 1,320-gallon fish tank.
Martin Lakin of Kent, U.K., sent his wife, Kay, and son away on a vacation for two weeks, he appeared to be the husband of a lifetime. His real plan, however, was to install a 1,320 gallon tank smack dab into the middle of their three-bedroom home.
Architect upon architect warned Martin of the ridiculousness of his plan, even stating that “it was a plan so far-fetched, the building would collapse.”
Regardless, Martin, like any good man addicted to something, charged ahead and began the demolition in hopes of completing it before his family returned.
Unfortunately what was supposed to be a two-week renovation was six months in reality, forcing the family to live with Martin’s mother-in-law during the entire home renovation.
Kay stuck by her husband, though, and is now very pleased with the massive talking point that exists in her living room.
How did Martin even go about planning this fish-swap? Well, they were either going to buy a bigger house for the massive tank, or Martin would compromise with a slightly-smaller tank for the current house.
Tricky husband he was, he ended up installing the large 1,320 gallon tank he planned for a larger house, and said to hell with the rest.
That’s not even the half of it, however, when you imagine not only the cost of the coral in the saltwater fish tank, but also the live fish inserted once the tank settled as an aquatic environment.
Monthly, Martin spends 220 pounds on electricity for their home to keep the tank running – that’s $340!
Consider the time and maintenance required for such a massive tank, and be thankful your own hobbies haven’t reached this point yet.
Next time your family yells at you about how much time you’re spending out in the field or in the garage, don’t be afraid to remind them of Martin from Kent.