The House They Built

A pair of developers put their stamp on their first home together.

As two of the most successful young developers in Sacramento, Katherine Bardis-Miry and her husband, Bay Miry, have lots of experience building things. She (along with her business partner and cousin, Rachel Bardis) developed The Mill at Broadway, The Grounds and The Good Project. He is the developer behind 16 Powerhouse and the 700 block of K Street.

marble table
A marble-topped table in the living room is a repository for books.

In 2017, just a month before their wedding, they bought a house in the Fab Forties that needed work. Lots of it. And these two builders discovered that renovating a home of their own would be distinctly different from building homes for other people.

“We started demo on our wedding day,” recalls Bardis-Miry, who served as the contractor on the renovation. “It was the first project we’d done together, and it was a little stressful.”

powder room
the powder room is blinged out with wallpaper that looks like vintage damask and a brass-framed mirror from Waterworks.

For help, they turned to Design Shop Interiors, a Folsom design firm that focuses on whole-house remodels. Bardis-Miry was already familiar with the company, which had done work for several of her developments.

The house, a stately brick Tudor built in the 1930s, was a far cry from the couple’s typical ultramodern projects. “We were a little nervous about it at first,” says Bardis-Miry. “We have a modern aesthetic, but we wanted to be respectful of the house.”


The house hadn’t been touched in years. So the couple opened up walls and added about 1,600 square feet to create an open-plan entertaining space on the ground floor and a luxurious principal bedroom suite upstairs. In the living room and dining room, the original parquet floors were replaced with walnut floors laid in a herringbone pattern. New walnut built-ins in the living room are a callback to the originals, but their styling is distinctly more modern.

To satisfy the couple’s desire to entertain, the designers added built-in bars and wine fridges throughout the house. In the kitchen, a large walnut island creates a gathering spot for friends. The kitchen, while traditional, offers surprisingly modern touches, such as a brass-and-leather light fixture.

In the principal bedroom, a modern four-poster bed is piled with luxurious linens.

The new family room has a black sectional sofa, perfect for curling up on, and a wall of glass doors that open up completely for indoor-outdoor living. The centerpiece of the space is an ornately carved pool table, a family heirloom that once belonged to Ulysses S. Grant.

In another nod to family, the couple used the upstairs landing to showcase a massive crystal chandelier owned by Bardis-Miry’s parents. They exposed the vaulted ceiling and added seating to create a quiet place to read and relax.

The island counter and oven backsplash are an easy care porcelain that looks like marble.

The house ended up being a perfect mix of new and old, modern and traditional. And along the way, the couple discovered that they liked working together. Says Bardis-Miry, “It’s fun when it’s your own home.”

pool table
The pool table once belonged to Ulysses S. Grant.
The kitchen pantry.

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