Different lumber grade options available at Baird Brothers.

Lumber is one of our most renewable natural resources. Every wood product created is completely unique, because there are even different grain patterns within the same species.

So, with all this variety, how do you know which lumber quality grade to choose? Let’s take a quick lesson on the differences between grades of lumber so that you can decide which is best for your home improvement or woodworking project.

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This Old House Modern Barnhouse in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Modern barn home designs don’t have to be plain — Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods has products that help you bring a modern feel to this type of traditionally-styled house.

This Old House’s Modern Barnhouse Idea House, located near St. Paul in Afton, Minnesota, is a master class in designing with nature in mind while building for today’s style. This 2021 Idea House was the brainchild and dream home of Amy Matthews, and the plans she developed with D/O Architects Colin Oglesbay and Aaron McCauley-Aburto outlined a 3,800 square-foot barnhouse with an open floor plan and plenty of windows. The plans were brought to life by builder Chad Maack and his team at Hartman Homes.

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Modern hardwood stair design in a home.

Welcome to the world of wood stair design!

Too often, stair components can be an overlooked aspect of your home or commercial space, but when given some attention, they can make a powerful statement. The best part is that there’s never been a better time to experiment with ideas for your wooden staircase – and you don’t have to be an interior designer or architect to dream it up.

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Team members at Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods.

Employee retention is one of the biggest challenges that employers face. It can be costly and time-consuming to find and train new employees, so do what you can to keep the ones you have?

At Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, we have found several effective employee retention strategies over the years that you can implement to find new employees — and keep current employees happy!

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Graphic of Baird Brothers online checkout to purchase hardwood orders online.

Did you know that you can place custom hardwood orders online at Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods? While some custom orders need help from a salesman, several hardwood products can be purchased through Baird’s online portal. Learn more about all your options to order online!

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Wide plank live sawn white oak flooring from Baird Brothers.

If you’re looking to refresh your home, it might be time to consider installing new wood floors. Fortunately, you don’t have to look too far for an on-trend, durable option; wide plank live sawn white oak flooring has taken the housing market by storm, and it’s easy to see why!

  1. Wide plank live sawn flooring is beautiful.
  2. White oak is timeless.
  3. The live sawn technique is environmentally friendly.
  4. Wide plank live sawn white oak flooring fits with numerous design styles.

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Steve Stack in the Baird Brothers Content Studio.

Construction is more than just new home building and project management. Home builder podcasts are a great way to learn from industry experts as they share tricks of the trade — and funny renovation stories. Between all the different facets and approaches to residential construction, there is definitely history (and next-generation technology) that’s important to know about.

Whether you’re a general contractor, tradesperson, entrepreneur, or DIY homeowner who is interested in learning more, the following ten construction podcasts offer a deep dive into the industry and are sure to teach you something new.

The following podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, iTunes, Stitcher and/or the personalities’ own respective websites.

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A variety of hardwood moulding elements.

The right moulding (or trim) can elevate the appearance and value of any space, from the smallest dining room to the largest master suite. Moulding styles come in a variety of profiles that can be installed by themselves or combined for a truly custom look. So when choosing the right trim style for a home, consider available materials, personal taste and budget.

Finalizing hardwood mouldings can be a tricky thing for some. Afterall, there are tons of options out there, and each one has its own look and feel. It’s important to make sure that you pick something that works with the home’s architectural style, as well as your personality as the homeowner.

Whether you’re interested in elaborate millwork with dentil moulding or want to add a simple base cap to your baseboard, this guide will break down the basics so that you know what’s out there when it comes to types of molding styles.

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Renovation Hunters crew at Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods.

The personalities and creators behind The Outdoor Channel’s Renovation Hunters visit Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods for facility tour and interviews.

Canfield, OH: Chris Filardi, Hal Shaffer and Kevin Tarkovich from The Outdoor Channel’s Renovation Hunters visited Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods this past week to tour the facility and get an inside look at how the products featured on the national television show were made. Season one of Renovation Hunters is set to air on The Outdoor Channel in 2023. Read more

Maple cutting board with Baird Brothers logo.

If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, one of the best tools you can have is a hardwood cutting board

Believe it or not, wood can have more sanitary benefits than plastic when preparing food. Let’s take a look at the best species of hardwood for cutting boards (also called chopping boards), taking into account their characteristics, food safety properties and maintenance. Read more