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Baton Rouge Oasis

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On a lot nobody, particularly the city of Baton Rouge, could love, architect David Baird created an oasis for his family and his community—both interstate-side and street-side.

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  The once noise-flooded neighborhood is now protected by the buffer of the Bairds’ home.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The once noise-flooded neighborhood is now protected by the buffer of the Bairds’ home.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  Ivy softens the hard edges of the cinder-block structure.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    Ivy softens the hard edges of the cinder-block structure.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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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.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    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.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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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.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    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.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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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.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The home also acts as an occasional art gallery, comfortably accommodating Baton Rouge’s art scene at one of the Bairds’ many parties.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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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.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    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.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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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).  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    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).

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  Bo and Sky get a building lesson from dad on a custom table designed by Baird and his studio.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    Bo and Sky get a building lesson from dad on a custom table designed by Baird and his studio.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  Baird's design-build firm, PLUSone Design + Construction, operates out of the former master bedroom.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    Baird's design-build firm, PLUSone Design + Construction, operates out of the former master bedroom.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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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.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    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.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The view into the onetime master bedroom, now an office for six, from the hallway.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The view into the onetime master bedroom, now an office for six, from the hallway.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The kitchen island is fashioned from the Waterloo Shop Series tool chests from Home Depot.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The kitchen island is fashioned from the Waterloo Shop Series tool chests from Home Depot.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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  The boys’ bedroom is outfitted with custom beds designed by Baird’s studio.  Photo by: Roy Zipstein
    The boys’ bedroom is outfitted with custom beds designed by Baird’s studio.

    Photo by: Roy Zipstein

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