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Baird flooring, interior doors, shiplap and a gorgeous stairwell helped renovate the Powers family 1920s bungalow.
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A “CLASSIC YANKEE HOUSE” now features several Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods products.

“This Old House®” 40th anniversary project doubles the size of the home, while striving to meet net-zero building standards.

Don Powers is an architect at Union Studio Architecture and Community Design. He designed his own plans to renovate his family’s century-old New England cottage in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Energy-saving technologies and energy-generating systems aim to produce all the energy the home will need.

The home features enhancements such as an elevated kitchen, open dining with built-in banquette, spacious living room and an upstairs hall that doubles as a library which faces laundry facilities on the opposite wall.

Its design uses Baird Brothers quarter sawn white oak flooring, interior doors, stair treads and risers, along with a graceful new handrail for the expanded front entry. The Powers chose Baird quarter sawn white oak to provide a warm, seamless backdrop for their furnishings. The light and airy bath redesign is finished with Baird Brothers horizontal poplar shiplap interior siding, while additional shiplap is used for ceilings, to bring the cottage look throughout the home.

To “This Old House,” this is part of a 40th year celebration. To the Powers family, this was a journey home. To you, this is a chance to use the same Baird products for the place you love.

This is the Jamestown Project Come to Life.

“This Old House” and Sweenor Builders, along with many home renovation product manufacturers and craftspeople — including Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods — helped make the Powers family dream a beautiful reality.

It’s too early to tell if they will meet their net-zero energy ideal, but the photos below demonstrate that an old house from the 1920s can become a warm and wonderful success worthy of the show’s 40th anniversary.

Photos for "This Old House" by Anthony Tieuli

IF YOU LOVE THE POWERS FAMILY’S RENOVATED BUNGALOW, you can use the exact products they chose!


You can renovate your home the same way “This Old House” enhanced the Powers zero-net project in Jamestown, Rhode Island. AND you can have it delivered!

Since 1960, Baird Brothers have been America’s source for fine hardwood products. Baird is proud to make high quality hardwood for the place you love — and do so here in the U.S.A. where craftsmanship is still a human art. Baird manufactures natural hardwood and accent parts, including mouldings, handrails, stair parts, T & G flooring and paneling, S4S lumber and many other products.

Whether custom-designed or standard favorites, the brothers Baird offer a full range of timeless classics as well as the latest design trends. Here are the Baird Brothers products used on this project:

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Hardwood Flooring
by Baird Brothers

Baird Brothers quality solid hardwood floors are precision milled because we know that you are making an investment to last a lifetime (or two). Baird hardwood floors are available in every domestic specie, including Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple, Hickory, Cherry, Ash, Walnut, Quarter Sawn Red or White Oak, and tropical species like Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba).

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Shiplap Interior Siding
by Baird Brothers

This on-trend rustic modern paneling is a farmhouse-inspired, stylish addition to any room in your home, as popularized by “Fixer Upper”’s Joanna and Chip Gaines. Baird Brothers shiplap has many advantages over plank wood, particleboard or high density fiberboard. It's very smooth because the wood fibers used in its manufacture are uniform and fine.

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Stair Parts
by Baird Brothers

Baird Brothers premium hardwood stair parts are stocked in Poplar, Red Oak, Maple, and Cherry. Baird can pre-finish your stair parts with a clear finish or you can choose one of Baird Brothers’ ten stain colors. Custom hardwood handrail, stair treads, turnings, and other hardwood species not listed are available upon request.

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Interior Doors
by Baird Brothers

Baird Brothers offers a variety of doors and options, including solid wood interior doors, specialty glass interior doors, veneer panel interior doors, pine veneer interior doors, molded interior doors, flush interior doors and high quality, paintable Trustile doors with unique designs.

The details and specifications for each of the Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods follow.

Exterior Doors: Paint-Grade Exterior Doors

Interior Doors: Flat-Panel Shaker Door in Solid Wood Poplar (main house) and Flat-Panel Shaker Door in Ash (VIP Guest Quarters)

Interior Floors: 4" Quarter Sawn White Oak (main house); 3" Quarter Sawn White Oak (VIP guest quarters)

Stair Parts: Main Stairs and Banister featuring Poplar Skirtboards and Risers Capped with Quarter Sawn White Oak Treads.

Banister System: Supported by Poplar Box Newels and Connected by Poplar Hampton Handrails

Moulding and Trim: Crown Moulding, Window and Door Trim in Poplar

Mudroom Shiplap: 6" Poplar Shiplap Wall Paneling

Foyer Flooring: 3" Quarter Sawn White Oak in Precision-Trimmed Herringbone Pattern with Black Walnut–Inlayed Perimeter Border

Foyer Coffered Ceiling: Crafted by Sweenor Builders Mill Shop in Cherry by Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods

Foyer Shiplap: 6" Poplar Shiplap Wall Paneling

Powder Room: Powder Room Nickel Gap

Powder Room Living Area Ceiling Paneling: 5" Poplar Tongue & Groove Ceiling Paneling

Master Bedroom Ceiling Paneling: 5" Poplar Tongue & Groove Paneling

Garage VIP Guest Quarters Shiplap: 6" Poplar Shiplap Wall Paneling

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Reach out and we'll take you through the process, so you order what you want and only as much as you need.
Call 800-732-1697 or fill out the form below.

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