The Joys of Building a Home Together

An Alabama family built this beautiful, affordable green home by hand using salvaged wood and other reclaimed materials.



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The Baker Family from left to right: Jeffery, Adam, Kay, Guy and Kyle.
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Guy and Kay Baker, together with their three sons, built this beautiful Alabama home almost entirely from reclaimed materials.
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The Bakers designed their home with plenty of porch and patio space for comfortable, year-round outdoor living. 
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The kitchen countertops were hand-built using wood blocks.
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It took the Bakers about five years to build this home.
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This bathtub was a DIY project. Guy Baker started with a cattle trough and lined it with fiberglass. 
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Guy built this bed from reclaimed timber after being inspired by a design Kay saw in a magazine.
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Old tools and other found items serve as rustic decorations throughout the house.
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The Baker cabin attracts many visitors who come to see this comfortable cabin created with one-of-a-kind materials.
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Building their own home required time and patience, the Bakers say, but they couldn't be happier with the results.
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Collecting stones from all over the property and laying the outdoor fireplace with them were some of the Baker sons' tasks.
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