Baton Rouge Oasis

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Home at Last
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  The once noise-flooded neighborhood is now protected by the buffer of the Bairds’ home.
    The once noise-flooded neighborhood is now protected by the buffer of the Bairds’ home.
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  Ivy softens the hard edges of the cinder-block structure.
    Ivy softens the hard edges of the cinder-block structure.
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  The family takes full advantage of their sylvan yard, Sarah Baird and her children Bo and Sky read a book out on the picnic table.
    The family takes full advantage of their sylvan yard, Sarah Baird and her children Bo and Sky read a book out on the picnic table.
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  Baird relaxes in the bright living room, which is decorated spartanly with the architect’s own artwork, a couch, and a coffee table by IKEA.
    Baird relaxes in the bright living room, which is decorated spartanly with the architect’s own artwork, a couch, and a coffee table by IKEA.
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  The home also acts as an occasional art gallery, comfortably accommodating Baton Rouge’s art scene at one of the Bairds’ many parties.
    The home also acts as an occasional art gallery, comfortably accommodating Baton Rouge’s art scene at one of the Bairds’ many parties.
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  David Baird designed the custom sliding doors with materials and hardware from Home Depot. The doors also act as a makeshift critique wall for Bo and Sky’s artwork.
    David Baird designed the custom sliding doors with materials and hardware from Home Depot. The doors also act as a makeshift critique wall for Bo and Sky’s artwork.
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  In the yard, custom billboards illuminated by spotlights can be changed regularly and can be printed by any local sign printer (in this case, by Lamar Advertising).
    In the yard, custom billboards illuminated by spotlights can be changed regularly and can be printed by any local sign printer (in this case, by Lamar Advertising).
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  Bo and Sky get a building lesson from dad on a custom table designed by Baird and his studio.
    Bo and Sky get a building lesson from dad on a custom table designed by Baird and his studio.
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  Baird's design-build firm, PLUSone Design + Construction, operates out of the former master bedroom.
    Baird's design-build firm, PLUSone Design + Construction, operates out of the former master bedroom.
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  The family opted for modest—and cheap—design choices in the kitchen and bathroom (above), which are commonly the most money-sucking rooms in a home.
    The family opted for modest—and cheap—design choices in the kitchen and bathroom (above), which are commonly the most money-sucking rooms in a home.
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  The view into the onetime master bedroom, now an office for six, from the hallway.
    The view into the onetime master bedroom, now an office for six, from the hallway.
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  The kitchen island is fashioned from the Waterloo Shop Series tool chests from Home Depot.
    The kitchen island is fashioned from the Waterloo Shop Series tool chests from Home Depot.
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  The boys’ bedroom is outfitted with custom beds designed by Baird’s studio.
    The boys’ bedroom is outfitted with custom beds designed by Baird’s studio.
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