the home i built

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Project by grizzman posted 11-12-2009 12:54 AM 3587 views 2 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

after spending 15 years in alaska, we moved to alabama to help with my ageing mother in law and me having health issues..we came here and with no prior experiance, built our home…we had the oppertunity to salvage the lumber from a home that had been built in 1900…so we used all the antique heart pine we could on the inside..the house isnt done yet,..and with my health problems…its slow going to somtimes no going…but were happy its our home..and its paid for…its not in its best condition…but its a lived in home its the largest woodworking project ive ever done..and im more then happy to call it home. with only the ability to post 6 pictures i just choose the ones i though best…its enough to give you the idea of what we were able to do…i thank the lord for allowing us to have this home and giving me the ability to build it..thank you for looking.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 11-12-2009 01:01 AM

Looks great. I would love to see more pictures of it. What part of Alaska did you live? I currently live in Wasilla.


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#2 posted 11-12-2009 01:03 AM

It looks to me like you’ve done outstanding work. salvaging used wood and showing it at its best. It appears to me that it more than meets the purpose of a house and also appears comfortable. It also does a good job of reflecting your self. I wish you many years of enjoying it.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 01:04 AM

Nice place you have there. It must have been a big adjustment to go from cool Alaska to warm Alabama!
I am very impressed with the fact that you built it and used all that antique pine.
It’s not the building… it’s the love that it contains that is important.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 01:05 AM

Great work,,great wood,, slow going is best sometimes.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#5 posted 11-12-2009 01:08 AM

hey mart…lived in eagle river…i know wasilla very well…...thank you all for your kind words..and yes ellen it is the two sons worked with me on this and we have many cherised memories…..thanks for all your kind remarks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 11-12-2009 01:25 AM

Once you start building or renovating your own home… You simply have to commit the fact that it will never end. That’s a good thing. It’s fun. Keep lovin’ it…

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#7 posted 11-12-2009 01:33 AM

Great place Grizz it has that real comfy down how feel , great job well done Bud.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 11-12-2009 01:39 AM

Looks like a home you can be “at home” in. You’ve done a great job. Thanks for sharing that with us Grizz.

-- John @

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#9 posted 11-12-2009 01:58 AM

Griz old buddy your house is amazing. The inside is beautiful. You did a great job. I didn’t know you had it in you. I see why they call you Griz. Must have something to do with your obsession with bears. Nice home buddy I’d be proud to live there too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 11-12-2009 02:21 AM

Can’t add much to what Mike said.

It’s you … from stem to stern. May you and the missus enjoy many more happy, healthy years there, and … may your mother-in-law’s time on this earth be sweet and rich.

Nice work … as always, Grizz! Nice pic of Denali, too!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 11-12-2009 02:35 AM

nice job grizzman. nothing like doing it your self.
i like the no doors in the kitchen, i did it in my house.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#12 posted 11-12-2009 02:43 AM

Grizz home is where you have a home. No excuses!!! We might all be happy to just have one we can call our own soon.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 11-12-2009 03:07 AM

Nice looking house!

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#14 posted 11-12-2009 03:44 AM

Home Sweet Home Grizz-man !

Nice Job !!!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#15 posted 11-12-2009 05:37 AM

Beautiful home Grizz. I really like the heart pine on the walls. And the kitchen is just amazing. Verrry good build Grizz.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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