Martin and Janeen Burruano moved from their home in North Tonawanda, where they raised three children, to a ranch in Wheatfield that has a main house and an apartment.
In an email, Janeen Burruano described what motivated them to move and offered additional details for our online Home of the Week feature:
“I feel our home is unique in that it offers hope to families who are struggling with aging parents who want to maintain their integrity and independence; this home does just that. It appears to be a large ranch on a double lot but inside is a 1,800-square-foot main home and a 1,300-square-foot apartment separated by a small foyer,” she wrote.
“My husband and I purchased this home in 2011 to prepare for my parents’ future needs and keep them involved in our lives. We wanted to give them the security of our presence but still be in control of their own lives,” she continued.
The design of the home allows for big family gatherings. One year, 35 people gathered for Christmas Eve dinner.
“Holidays are special in this home. We open both sides on Christmas Eve for easy access to food and beverages while laughter fills the entire home," she wrote. The doors to each place are left open in the foyer. Drinks and appetizers are served at her parents' place. The Burruanos host dinner.
"In the summer, the yard with an in-ground pool and beautiful gazebo (built by my dad) is constantly filled with family and friends enjoying our wonderful Buffalo weather," she wrote.
“Our home has given us more than a place to live. It has given us peace knowing we helped my parents who are in their 80s enjoy living a full and safe life.”
Do you love your house enough to show it off like Janeen Burruano did? This could be your chance.
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 buffalonews.com 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 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those chosen for BuffaloNews.com will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful. 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.
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