“The customer is always right—and we like to consider the building our client, too, and respond to its character, mood, and spirit,” says Patrick Williams of Berdoulat. A specialist in lyrical and meticulous period restorations, Patrick, when we first met him in 2015, was living in a mid-19th-century East London apartment that he had entirely freed of its recessed halogen lights, laminate flooring, and other “developer rubbish”: see Reinventing the Past with a Salvage Hunter-Upcycler-Philosopher.
Much has happened since then. Patrick, his wife and business partner, Neri Kamcili, and their daughters, Wren, 8, and Bonnie, 5, now live in Bath, England, and have a portfolio that landed Berdoulat on the House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers 2020 list. They specialize in working with antiques and salvaged materials, and in addition to their many remodeling projects, are planning to open a shop this spring below their own living quarters in the heart of Bath (go to their online shop for a preview of what’s to come). Their home is part of a cluster of three conjoined structures that includes, in the back, a 19th-century wine and provisions shop that in recent decades was being used as a garage. “It was looking rather sorry for itself,” says Patrick. “Behind a galvanized roller shutter was just a concrete slab and asbestos-lined ceiling. But matchboarded walls gave a clue to it former use, and on further investigation, we found a photograph taken the morning after the Blitz showing the building with six-over-six sashes and a shopfront.” Join us for a look at the muse house it has become—and scroll to the end for a floor plan and glimpse of the building’s past history.
Photography by Berdoulat Studio, unless noted.
The paneling was created from parts of the garage ceiling and a wall that was removed elsewhere in the building: “none was where it is now,” says Patrick. The insulated floor is reclaimed six-inch pine boards bought on eBay and painted Fired Earth’s Burnt Juniper (“discontinued,” notes Patrick, “but similar to Farrow & Ball’s Mahogany and Edward Bulmer’s London Brown”).