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Home of the Week: 'Reno' on the river

Rebecca Kassay has a name for the three-level home she shares with her husband, Stephen, in Lewiston: Reno on the river. That’s “reno” as in renovation. And, after four decades living there, she said she loves her house. Finally!

The renovated kitchen has copper accents.

Here’s why, as she explained in the e-mail responding to our search for local homes to showcase in our new Home of the Week feature on

“Forty-plus years ago when the Lewiston sand dock area was not the desired area that it is today, our house came up for sale. The ‘on the water location’ wasn’t such a WOW factor at that time and the house wasn’t ideal. It basically had only one bedroom, a small dated kitchen and one bathroom,” she wrote.

“Nonetheless we signed on the dotted line for $35,000. The first renovation was the kitchen. Although still small our kitchen is now a copper lover’s dream. The sink, faucet, backsplash are all hammered copper. The original bathroom now has a whirlpool tub which I love and features subway tile. A second bathroom that included a large shower was added."

"We also needed more bedrooms so we added an addition over the garage for a bedroom and then converted a ’60s-style rec room into another bedroom,” said Kassay, who retired after working 38 1/2 years as a Niagara County probation supervisor.

She and her husband raised a daughter, Lisa, and a son, Jacob, in this house. Two and a half years ago, the Kassays turned their attention to the exterior.

“Lastly we sided our house in cedar with copper accents and put in art glass windows. It was a challenge, but we realized how much we enjoyed living on the water so we made it happen. We love it!”

Click here to visit a photo gallery.

Do you love your house enough to show it off like Rebecca Kassay did? This could be your chance.

An accent wall with artwork in the Kassay home.

The Buffalo News is looking for other beautiful local homes and the stories behind them and their décor. Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a three-page spread in a Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.

If you are interested, tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 jpeg images of the interior and exterior to Those chosen for will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful but not necessary. Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible.

The News will include your name and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address.

To read about the Nov. 6 Home of the Week and visit the photo gallery, click here.


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