Richard Ourso has decades of experience working in the residential construction, first as a skilled woodworker and successful craftsman, and then as a designer and business owner.  He has been a member of the NKBA for more than ten years, and he holds Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Aging In Place Specialist Certification(CAPS) . Richard is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Louisiana Home Builders Association (LHBA) and Executive Board Member and Past President of the Remodelers Council of the Capitol Region Builders Association (CRBA).

In 2000, Richard created Ourso Designs, a Baton Rouge-based interior design firm that works with clients to create spaces that meet their needs. Because of his experience and passion for his craft, it quickly grew into one of the Southeast region’s most successful design firms.

At the start of 2013 Richard Ourso began the process of launching Ourso Designs’ sister company, The Olde Mill. Richard had years of experience designing with solid wood beams but recognized the hassle of obtaining consistent and specific solid beams and increasing cost of labor and equipment to install solid structural beams in the framing process of construction. After 20 years of dedicated research, Richard created an outstanding alternative to solid wood beams, an Eco-friendly Architectural Hollow Box Beam made from carefully selected, reclaimed antique Longleaf Pine. Each one of  The Olde Mill’s Beams, Mantels, Floating Shelves, Door Headers, Pilasters, Posts and custom wood products are created from the lifelong passion Richard has for high quality, multi-purposed custom wood products,.

Each step of the process and each piece handcrafted in-house at The Olde Mill is done so with  Richard’s direct supervision and inspection.As Founder/Owner of The Olde Mill, Richard to provides construction industry professionals, colleagues and home owners with expert advise on building, designing and remodeling options and how a stronger, better built re-engineered “green” beam which is lighter in weight, in its natural finish, is superior to solid beams. The Olde Mill LEED certified products are a viable and aesthetically pleasing addition to the home and commercial space environment while fulfilling desire for style and function. 


Founder, The Olde Mill