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Home of the Week: Woodwork that wows in Hamburg

Through the years, George Utz and Colleen Lewis have put a lot of work into their home in the Town of Hamburg – both inside and out.

Lewis is a retired psychologist who now works part time at Dent Neurologic Institute in Orchard Park. Utz, past fire chief for the Village of Hamburg, is a residential program counselor at Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Lewis described their place for the Home of the Week online feature in The Buffalo News Home & Style section:

“What we love most is that we did much of the work ourselves. When we bought our home, it was 561 square feet with a barn. We added on to the house and built a garage, doing much of the construction work and most of the finishing ourselves.

“George, a self-taught woodworker, made the railing in the living room, all the kitchen cabinets and almost every piece of furniture. It’s mission style, made of quarter-sawn white oak and constructed with mortise and tenon joinery.

“The cabinets feature book matched panels and butterfly joints. George made the eagle that is at the top of the bay window. He made rocks for the foundation all around our house and built the stream in the backyard.

“On our garage is a 25-foot lighted fire engine that we created for a Christmas display,” she wrote.

Do you love your house enough to show it off like Colleen Lewis 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 and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a 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

Those chosen for 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.

* Click on the Home of the Week tag, below, to see more from our weekly series.

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