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Baird flooring, interior doors, shiplap and a new stairwell helped turn a one-story ranch into a two-story Dutch Colonial.
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THE “LITTLE HOUSE THAT GREW” now features several Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods products.

The second “This Old House®” project for its 41st season transformed a single-story 1940s ranch country home with knotty pine paneling into a two-story Dutch Colonial revival with a gambrel roof style.

Scott and Shayla Adams have a growing family. They also have quite the imagination, because when they looked at a cozy ranch house they actually saw a spacious home of an entirely different style. Last year, the Adams purchased the Westerly, Rhode Island house from the original owners, who built its cabinetry and oversaw the construction of the knotty pine paneled family home. 

This is more of a transformation than a renovation, with the original home being incorporated into a grander structure such that only one of the original sides is viewable, and now has the appearance that the original section was an add-on! One additional story, 1000 more square feet, all to accommodate larger kitchen and dining areas while adding a new master suite and bedrooms for their two daughters, and converting one bedroom into a laundry room and another room into a playspace. The master bedroom suite area showcases the interior details associated with the exterior's new, sweeping gambel roofline, brought to life with many windows to capture the view. 

A widened front entry leads into an open-concept living space. The ceiling's been raised one foot and the living space is opened up by an 18" beam to support the second floor. Baird Brothers random-width, random-length, end-matched white oak floor adds character to the space, while Baird Brothers shiplap defines the surround.

The Westerly ranch 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 Adams 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 wainscot moulding is used for ceilings, to bring the cottage look throughout the home. The custom-built staircase and railings from Baird Brothers also includes oak treads on the stringerless stairway.

Baird Brothers created a true showpiece — wooden, four-paneled interior doors that were custom-designed and custom-made to be installed to swing effortlessly. "This Old House" host Kevin O'Connor visited the Canfield, Ohio home of Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods to meet Terry Baird, "whose family has owned the business for over fifty years making custom and standard hardwood accent products." Kevin watched as Baird Brothers craftsmen graded the lumber, dried it and then manufactured and assembled to doors.

Imagination sparks inspiration for transformation. The little house that grew will now be home to a family that itself grew. Now, you can use the same Baird products to transform the place you love.

THIS IS THE WESTERLY 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 bring the imagination and the inspiration into this transformation. 

This 41st season project proves that what you see with your mind can be more powerful than what you see with your eyes.

Photos for "This Old House" by Anthony Tieuli

IF YOU LOVE THE ADAMS' TRANSFORMED COLONIAL, you can use the exact products they chose!


You can renovate your home the same way “This Old House” enhanced the Adams one- to two-story transformation in Westerly, 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.

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The brothers' bond that grew into a national millwork manufacturer.

In 1960, three brothers started the business. Today Baird Brothers is truly a family business as the children have followed in their footsteps and are active in the business as well. Baird Brothers continues to grow in size each year to meet our customers' demands.


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