A Stylish Rental House Owned by An American in Normandy
Jordan Feilders is the American who brought the California-style artisanal hamburger and taco trucks to Paris. He had just arrived from San Francisco in 2012 when he launched his mobile catering business, Cantine California, which was so successful that Anthony Bourdain paid an enthusiastic visit and The New York Times reports: “Food Trucks in Paris? American cuisine finds an open mind and an open mouth. Cantine California continues, but Feilders and his French wife, Tatiana Dupond, the parents of two young girls, now divide their time between Paris and Normandy, where for the past year they have been repairing a 19th century house and outbuildings located along the Seine.
Newly sold out and just 100 kilometers from Paris, Riverside House is a B&B facility for group getaways and events: reservations are possible for a minimum of four rooms and a maximum of seven. Feilders has overseen the renovation and likes consider the results as a Californian style in the French countryside. To us, that sounds very Gallic – and appealing. Looked.
Photograph courtesy of Riverside House.
“It’s in a style known as bourgeois houseFeilders explains, “I feel like the suit was for people moving up the economic ladder, who could afford a mix of stone (traditionally a more noble material in France) and brick (a more working-class option). ). The century-old tiles are made of terracotta; Feilders installed new zinc gutters to match the originals.
A first major task was to redo the electrical and plumbing, and add central heating and insulation: “Traditionally, French country houses freeze,” Feilders says. “I added 30 centimeters of insulation to all the ceilings.” He recruited a local team: “masons, electricians, plumbers, metallurgists, all based within 30 kilometers from us”. And Feilders himself was on site every day: “I had had hands-on renovation experience in Paris, plus a lifelong hobby of building forts in the woods.”