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'This Old Crack House' #48: The Final Chapter... You cant judge a blog by its cover...Is a picture worth a thousand words?

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In the end, I feel very strong that we won’t, nor should be; remembered or judged for our words, but rather the sum total of our actions and deeds.

To this truth as I know and understand it, I will let the pictures of
“This Old Crack House.” speak for them selves.

Every piece of furniture was designed and built with my own hands, along with all the decorating, color choices, and room layouts, which are my own creations.

You then can be the judge and come to your own conclusions.

Enough said.

I humbly present to you This Old Crack House.

Home to me.

Dusty

THIS OLD CRACK HOUSE

Formal Living Room

This formal living room serves as a warm and intimate conversation area. This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Main Kitchen (first of three kitchens)
The main kitchen is spacious, open and vibrant. The kitchen is open to the formal dining room and is a joy to entertain guests.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Formal Dining Room
This hand built formal dining room table and chairs serves as the center point for sit down dining when entertaining guests. The solid oak mission table is complemented by the almost eight foot tall formal dining room hutch.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/1907 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Formal Mission Hutch

This formal mission hutch adds a quiet dignity.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Formal Front Parlor and Writing Room
This formal parlor that also serves as my writing room which shares common space and access to the formal library, and study. The grandfather mission stained glass clock is a one of a kind. I designed and built the clock, including the stain glass work myself.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Formal Stained Glass Credenza

This simple formal stained glass credenza provides not only storage but accent for the parlor writing room.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Formal Study and Library

The formal library and study is nestled between the formal parlor and butler barbecue deck kitchen. The hand made stained glass ceiling is a one of a kind award wining creation, which provides an atmosphere of serenity to read or study.

The following two piece mission formal stained glass hutch adds to the harmony of the formal library.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

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This five foot stained glass window is the main window in the formal library. This lead window is designed; hand painted and has a crown of thorns that protrudes from the glass.

Causal Butler Kitchen / Deck Barbecue Kitchen (second of three kitchens)

This butler kitchen serves the patio and outside deck, fire pit and hot tub area.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Backyard Patio Deck and Hot Tub and Fire Pit
The Causal Butler Kitchen serves this area. The door on the deck opens directly to the butler kitchen.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

This Old Crack House Back Yard

Ample room in the back yard for the basset hounds to roam.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Mother in Law Kitchen (lower level – three of three kitchens)

This mother in law kitchen adjoins and serves the lover level great room home theater. It also has a ¾ l private bathroom and future sauna that accompanies the full kitchen.
This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

Great Room Home Theater

This home theater with surround sound and special lighting effects alone with the leather reclining over sized furniture and 62 inch HD TV is a perfect place to relax. It is located next to the mother in law kitchen for all of our beverage and snack needs.

This Old Crack House Copyright 07/15/2007 All Rights Reserved D. Jerzak

This Old Crack House Features



Three Full and Functional Kitchens, Four and Half stall Garage,

Main kitchen, Mother In Law Kitchen, Two Decks, Butler Patio Kitchen, 30×26 shop 12 foot ceilings,
Two Dining Rooms, One Formal, Hot tub and patio area, One sit down causal, Formal parlor,
Five Bedrooms with Five Walk in closets , Two master bedrooms, Formal Library,

Five Bathrooms, Stained Glass Ceiling,

123 Stained Glass windows, 143 pieces of hand made furniture and cabinets,

12 Free Standing Stained Glass Windows, Hardwood Floors and Restored Mission Trim and Woodwork

-- Dusty



53 comments so far

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FMOmbr

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#1 posted 2592 days ago

Dusty – Simply Unbelievable. Absolutely fantastic work. And how long did the entire project take you? I assume that you have taken residence in the house now?

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Dusty

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#2 posted 2592 days ago

FmOMbr,

Thank you.

Yes I live in the house now.

I am writing a encore chapter which I will cover how long it took me and several other questions I have been
asked during my writing of this blog.

The short answer to your question is about two years.

Of course I have a lot of other projects I would like to do and add to “This Old Crack House”.

These projects never end, all woodworkers know and accept this. The problem is to get others to go along with our thinking.

Make sawdust.

I hope to write about some of these, like the tree house for my peacock who’s name is Tasha and is not the best of friend with my basset hounds.

-- Dusty

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 2592 days ago

Truly inspiring…the house, the furniture, the stained glass, you, your story…wow. I’ve related because I’m in the middle of a similar story with my mud hut. It’s half done and I’m low on funds, time, and energy, but thanks to you not faith!!!! I hate to see it end.
So it is OK with me if you take off a week or so before starting your stained glass blog.

Thanks

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Karson

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#4 posted 2592 days ago

Dusty It has been a pleasure to ride along with you on this trip – Journey.

The house looks great except. You need a couple of Mission stools in the third kitchen. Those look out of place.

Thanks for your memories.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dusty

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#5 posted 2592 days ago

KARSON,

Thank you.

Your so right.

You found the only furniture that I didn’t build.

They were gifts from a friend. I don’t have the heart to store them because he is so proud that I have them in the house.

Oh well whats the harm.

-- Dusty

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scottb

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#6 posted 2592 days ago

Absolutely fantastic. Perfect in fact.

Can’t let my wife read this, only look at the pictures. You’ve accomplished more in 2 years than many people have done in a lifetime. (She’ll start to get impatient with my 5+ years on this house – I’ll step it up if she lets me have three kitchens though)

You also dove in and made it work on a wing and a prayer, while others who’d manage to get past the nay-sayers would still be making lists of where to begin -or when they should have knocked it down and pitched a tent (or made a nice playground for the neighborhood.

Bravo!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Obi

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#7 posted 2592 days ago

What a ride this has been. Have you ever thought about calling the people you bought it from and having them stop by for tea?

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Bob Babcock

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#8 posted 2592 days ago

An amazing transformation Dusty. I need to share your story with my daughter and son-in-law. He is a carpenter and they just bought their own former crack house. He has very lofty ideas and I don’t think I give him enough credit. It’s truly an amazing story you’ve told. Inspiring to say the least.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2592 days ago

Jaw-dropping magnificent.

And then I think back to that first chapter of this journey and remember how far you have come. Astounding

Two years? And here I sit with my handful of projects under my hat. Ha. I guess if I really want to do this I should be building and building and building. In two years I could have a house built and renovated. Ha. I don’t think so. You are a miracle worker.

Oh, and do you have TIME to entertain or sit down and enjoy that big screen tv??

Well done, Dusty. Well done. You are an inspiration and an Angel.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sawdust2

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#10 posted 2592 days ago

Well, he’s certainly changed the neighborhood.

Awesome!

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Greg3G

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#11 posted 2591 days ago

Who says one man cant chanage the world. You have certainly have made a impact, both online and in your neighborhood. You have set a example for all of us to follow.

Great Job, Love the house, really love the furnishings, and I see you got the hot tub after all.

Take care and God Bless

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Dan Lyke

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#12 posted 2591 days ago

Wow, what a payoff. Love the whole thing, but the detail of that heron stained glass piece in the dining room really caught my eye, and the main kitchen is a layout that I’ve been toying with wanting.

On that front, how do you find the distance between the stove and the refrigerator in the main kitchen? All the design books say “put ‘em in a triangle”, but I can’t figure out a layout I think I’d like if I did that, and I like the layout you’ve got.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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VTWoody

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#13 posted 2591 days ago

Wow. Wow. And again, WOW. I can only aspire to that level of quality and quantity. Can we see the inside of the new shop (or did I miss pictures of that in an earlier post?) I want to marvel at more of your work. :)

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Dusty

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#14 posted 2591 days ago

Scotb,

Your the only one who has to answer to a time table. I pushed because I had to. I have said it before but it is worth repeating.

Enjoy the journey.

Take it all in, soon enough it will be over.

I will also so there were many times I thought “wheres the bull dozer”.

As far as the nay-sayers.

Essential.

I couldn’t of did this house with out them.

I wouldn’t have any one pushing me and telling me I couldn’t do something.

-- Dusty

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Dusty

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#15 posted 2591 days ago

Obi,

Most of the former owners are still in jail. I have invited the one I bought it from but she didn’t want to see it.

She said it would bring back bad memory’s.

Two of the daughters of the original owners have toured it.

They were touched and great ful I had restored there fathers dream.

-- Dusty

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