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Home of the Week: A beloved old farmhouse in Hamburg

Maura and Andy Zalikowski have been busy working on their home in the Village of Hamburg, and it's not the first house they have renovated.

"We have renovated three homes now in Hamburg; it’s almost like a hobby to us. We both thoroughly enjoy old houses and all their woodwork, different qualities and charm," said Maura Zalikowski.

"Andy loves woodworking and doing all the updating. I have the eye and he has the muscle to execute all of my ideas. When we renovate we like to stay true to the house's originality.

"We don’t like to make things too modern but simply complement the old with the new," she said.

Here is how she described her family's home for the Buffalo News "Home of the Week" online feature:

"This is an 1890s farmhouse which was Victorianized by previous owners in the Village of Hamburg. We love our house for the character, charm and uniqueness it displays in each and every room.

"This was originally the second house built on our street. When purchased about 2½ years ago, it was noticeably outdated with wall-to-wall green and orange shag carpeting, wallpaper in every single room and ceiling, knob and tube wiring and galvanized plumbing throughout.

"It has been a labor of love, time and, of course, money, but certainly worth every penny.

"We adore living in the village for its close proximity to schools and amenities. We chose to appreciate this house and location to raise our children," she said.

The living room. (Photo courtesy Maura Zalikowski)

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

In fall 2017, The Buffalo News Home & Style section launched a digital feature called “Home of the Week.” It’s been highly popular. Who doesn’t like to peek inside other people’s homes – especially local ones?

Since launching, readers have regularly sent in photos and described what they love about their homes.

Part of the kitchen in the Zalikowski home. (Photo courtesy Maura Zalikowski)

We have featured old city homes, townhouses, a riverside ranch, a rural cabin, a penthouse apartment and many more.

Now we are hoping to continue this feature – perhaps with a new emphasis on how homeowners and apartment dwellers are adapting their spaces during this time of “stay at home.”

How have you improvised a work-at-home space? A place for kids to do their schoolwork?

Perhaps you have carved out a space for yoga, exercise, a new hobby or just a quiet spot for reading. If you have organized or redecorated a room, we would love to see that, too.

Or maybe you like the place just as it is. We’re waiting to hear more about it.

Here’s what you need to do if you’re interested in submitting your residence for Home of the Week: Tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 high-resolution images (in JPEG form) of the interior (and exterior, if you wish) to

It’s OK to send the images split among several emails. Please include your name and the city or town where you live. A phone number is also helpful.

We will contact those chosen to be featured on We will include your first and last names and the city or town in which you reside, but not your exact address and certainly not your phone number.

Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible. For this digital feature, we will publish some or all of the photos you submitted.

Questions? Problems submitting photos? Please email Home & Style Editor Susan Martin at

In case you missed last week's feature:

Home of the Week: Counting blessings in Amherst



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