We were fortunate to work with Phil Morin from Cowls during the summer of 2015 when we installed five new Integrity windows and a three panel sliding door. When we called Phil we had already discussed the scope of project with several contractors but it wasn’t until we met Phil that we felt 100% confident that he would be able to manage all the pieces and complete the job well. Phil took the time to recommend products and strategies that met our budget and aesthetic. He was also able and willing to trouble shoot when needed. The integrity windows are really beautiful, weather tight and easy to operate. We are grateful for the Cowl’s team and so glad we did the work!
Cowls Building Supply is more than a typical lumber and hardware store; it is a unique lumber and building-materials business that blends the best of the last three centuries with the best of the new.
Family owned and operated since 1741-our history, veteran staff, and contributions to local arts and education set us apart from the competition. As a family owned building supply business, Cowls Building Supply is committed to public service and to making a contribution to the local and regional communities.
Cowls Building Supply has also committed itself to helping and being a part of our local community. We are proud supporters of our local Boy Scouts and Habitat for Humanity. We also, for the first time in 2013 supported the Jimmy Fund. Cowls supports our local businesses and the community that we live in.
Throughout its nine generations of family ownership, Cowls Building Supply has been unique among the lumber and building materials businesses in the Pioneer Valley and neighboring regions. Constantly evolving, it has grown from offering timber and hardware to providing a wide range of quality products and services to professional contractors, remodelers, and do-it-yourselfers.
It started in October, 1741, when Jonathan Cowls crossed the Connecticut River from Hatfield with his family. They were one of the first five families to settle land in what was then Hadley and is now North Amherst. Over the next 270+ years, the Cowls family purchased timberlands in approximately thirty other towns in Hampshire and Franklin counties, winning numerous awards along the way for sustainability and forest stewardship.
In 1980, Paul C. Jones, 8th Generation Cowls, opened Cowls Building Supply. The store quickly became a successful, full-line, full-service retailer of lumber, paint, hardware and building materials. More recently, the new Kitchen Design Center and Door and Window Showroom was added.
While the Cowls Sawmill closed in 2010, W. D. Cowls, Inc. Land Company has set new goals for sustainable forestry, land conservation, alternative energy, and environmentally-conscious development. Today, you can still find the 9th generation of Jonathan Cowls’ descendants, Evan Jones and Cinda Jones, at the forefront of that mission.
From Our Clients
We had the need to replace an older bathroom window and I asked around at various hardware/lumber yards about the service they provided. Cowls was the only place I talked to that had complete service from start to finish. Other places would say “Oh yes we can put you in touch with someone who does this” but Cowls came and measured the window, had it custom made, arranged the installation and removed and dispensed with the old window. Very professional and very well done.
Love the friendly knowledgeable staff, always a good experience.
A wonderful local company with superior service!
When renovating our house last year, my wife and I ordered Mathews Brothers triple-pane windows, as well as a number of doors, through Cowls Building Supply. Ordering the doors was a snap; John at the front desk was very thorough to ensure that all dimensions, door knob positions and hinge colors were correct.
Staff is incredibly knowledgeable!! Friendly too!!!!
Excellent lumber, hardware and paint selection. Terrific sales support. A great place.
A great company run by and with exceptional people.
Cowls is one of the friendliest, best stocked and knowledgeable lumber/ paint/tool stores I have ever had the pleasure to be in. The staff are the friendliest and most helpful people, who actually really care a lot about your project and how best to execute it. Keep doing what you’re doing . I would drive miles outta my way to give you my business.
I just wanted to send a quick note thanking you and your team for the way they handled our issue with the prime select not holding paint. Joe Baillargeon was right on top of it with the vendor representative in less than 24 hours and we had new improved stock 24 hours after that.
It solidifies our decision to use Cowls as our sole source for lumber and building materials even when I know some products can be had elsewhere for less, I couldn’t imagine your competitors across town delivering this level of service.
We wanted to relay how pleased we’ve been with the new windows since the installation was completed — they look great, and we really appreciate all the time you took going through all the options and pros/cons with us to help make the best decision to maintain the historic charm of the house. Bob and his team did splendid work, and we certainly will keep you in mind for our future projects.
They did a very good job. The quality of Marvin is unbelievable. When I am ready, I would love to replace my front door with a Marvin door.