Under an NMHS project, Studio Bardo helped restore and refurbish four vernacular homes in Patiya and Katyura villages (Almora district). The houses were either in abandoned state or only partly used by the families who own it. Patiya- a village once famous for its opulent houses is now a village which has seen mass migration to the cities.
The houses were repaired, new toilets with amenities for the modern traveler were built adjacent to the houses, provided with modern electrical and plumbing fittings, furniture etc. under very tight budgets. Rainwater harvesting system was installed to fulfill the water needs of running a homestay.
The original architectural elements- roof, carved windows, niches and corners, mud plastered walls and floors were restored as much as possible.