Ken and Kathy Cathers have lived in their 100-year-old home in the Town of Lockport for 25 years and have made many improvements to the house and property, including to the old barn. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Here is how Ken Cathers, who retired from Ivoclar Vivadent, an Amherst dental manufacturer, described their place in an email for our Home of the Week online feature:
"The deed for our property goes back to 1811 when the property was owned by the New Holland Land Company. The house was built about 1920 and the post and beam bank barn was built in the late 1800s.
"We purchased this 3½-acre property in 1994 and have put a lot of love into the house, property and, more recently, the barn. The house was built on an 18-inch- thick field stone foundation with a coal storage room and cistern in the basement.
"We remodeled the kitchen with custom cabinets and granite counter tops, added a sun room, basement kitchen and covered patio and landscaped around the house and garage.
"We love the country location of our home and the improvements we have made over the years while trying to preserve the history of both the house and the barn," he wrote.
Do you love your house enough to show it off? 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 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.
It’s OK to separate the images into several emails.
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.
If you have difficulty submitting images, please email email@example.com.
Take a look at our last Home of the Week. You can click on the photo gallery from the story, too:
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