How do I not pay capital gains taxes on the profit I made from selling my second / vacation home?

I am using the profit to build a garage on my primary residence, can I use this to offset the capital gains tax on the 2 nd home I sold? I never lived in the 2nd home, it was a lake house. Also I had to give 1/2 of the profit to my father because he helped pay for the property, but the deed was in my name only.

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