Share this article

print logo

Home of the Month: Light and bright describes this house on the creek in Williamsville.

Every day is a day at the beach for Nick and Marcia Roth. Their home in Williamsville features white slipcovered furniture, hardwood floors and large windows overlooking an inground pool and creek. Shells, sand dollars, starfish and other beach-themed accessories decorate the main living space while the white and linen color scheme repeats itself in the master suite.

Outdoors, the pool, perennial gardens, canoe, two kayaks and comfortable spots for eating and entertaining ensure a good time for all who visit.

Inside, natural light just pours into the place.

“The family room gets the morning sun; the living room gets the afternoon sun,” said Marcia Roth, a retired nurse practitioner.

The house, which was built in the late 1950s, has gone through two major renovations. The knotty pine and orange Formica long gone, the split-level home has been updated for a modern lifestyle.

Marcia Roth bought the home for $190,000 in 1991 with her first husband, now deceased. They updated the house by opening up the kitchen to the living room and installing oak hardwood floors. Widowed in 1994, she later renovated the master suite, working with Williamsville architect Dave Sutton of Sutton Architecture and Lamparelli Construction of Cheektowaga.

After Marcia and Nick Roth married in 2003, more house projects began. Kreative Kitchens of Amherst helped with the design of a new kitchen in 2005. It features linen-colored Candlelight Cabinetry, granite countertops, a hardwood floor, stainless-steel appliances and a tumble marble tile backsplash with a hand painted wine-themed mural, treated to be heat- and scrub-resistant. The new kitchen cost $45,000, the Roths estimated.

The living spaces have changed in several ways. The family room off the driveway was originally the garage; former owners built a detached garage in the late 1960s. The living area on the main floor now features an open-floor plan, and the kitchen is where the original dining room once was. A less formal eating area was designed in the space that was once the kitchen.

The current home office was the original master bedroom, while what is now the master suite was once partitioned into two or three bedrooms. Today, it extends from the front of the house to the back and features a vaulted ceiling, a contemporary bath and, similar to the main living space, the light colors Marcia Roth prefers.

“You love white, right?” she called out to her husband.

“I do now,” he replied from his home office which, like the master suite, opens to a second-story deck.

The Roths also had the inground pool completely refurbished a couple years ago; it dated back to the original owners. Most recently, they updated the half bath off the family room – choosing a color scheme that includes bronzes, golds and browns.

Its design was inspired by a photograph Marcia Roth spotted in a magazine and includes glass tiles, a glass vessel sink, a tin-style ceiling normally used as a backsplash and a concrete countertop by Concrete Innovations Inc. of North Tonawanda set on a cherry and walnut base. The base was built by Andy Bossert, of Andrew’s Interior Carpentry Inc. of Williamsville. The walls are painted Antique Bronze, from the Modern Masters Shimmer Paint Collection.

Bossert said he sees a growing interest in people putting a statement sink on a unique base – whether it’s a custom-built cherry and walnut base such as the Roths’ or even one crafted of barn wood from an old barn that has been torn down.

“It makes it stand out. You’re not going to see it in another house,” Bossert said.

The Roths decided the darker decor would work for a half bath. “People are only in there for a couple minutes,” said Nick Roth, who was raised in the Town of Tonawanda and is the father of two grown sons. Before retiring, he owned a business that supplies regulatory compliance services to the financial industry.

Because they were able to find good buys, such as the sink for about $100 from, Nick Roth estimated they spent less than $2,000 for the bath update.

The family bath upstairs has a lavender theme – including artwork, dried arrangements, scented soaps and embroidered towels.

“The towels are from Ireland. Who goes to Ireland and brings back towels?” laughed Marcia Roth, a Dunkirk native.

The Roths took on some of the projects. They glazed the family room walls themselves, for example. And Marcia Roth came up with the idea of creating a pair of side tables. She filled two large planters with sand, added some shells and finished them off with round glass tops.

The Roths also are hands-on gardeners. She is the chairwoman for beautification for the Village of Williamsville; he is head of the Village Tree Board.

Their garden was on last month’s Williamsville Garden Walk. They tend to perennials – many of which came from friends – succulents and vines. Delightful garden art and fairy gardens turn up here and there, and Marcia has made a mini-hobby of gluing small mirror tiles to fishing line and hanging them from shrubs and trees.

Do they attract fairies?

“I think so,” she replied, clearly enjoying the whimsy of it all.