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Lots of people dream about downsizing to make their lives simpler. Thom Knab did it. Ten years ago, he moved into a one-bedroom home in Buffalo’s Cottage District. It measures less than 1,000 square feet and now has a mature garden with no grass in the backyard. It also has no driveway or garage, but Knab does not consider that a huge disadvantage. One adjusts. An…

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Robert J. Kochanski, a retired Buffalo English teacher and guidance counselor, lives in a condo at 800 West Ferry that was once part of Darwin R. Martin’s two-floor penthouse. Darwin R. Martin, the son of Darwin D. Martin, grew up in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway. (You can view a timeline of the Jewett Parkway property and its restoration on the …

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Mike and Rose Tucker have been collecting for years. He’s always been keen on old fishing gear, including lures, reels and creels. She’s fond of vintage kitchenware, such as utensils, gadgets and pottery. These and other collections – folk art, antique furniture, architectural pieces – are artfully displayed throughout their renovated ranch on Grand Island. The resul…

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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 H…

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In 2017 Tula Economou and her husband built a 1,539-square-foot home in Ellicottville on 13 wooded acres. It has three bedrooms and two baths. They both grew up in Western New York but now live in California with their two daughters. In fact, California is where the couple met. This is their second home, and they get back as often as they can. Here is how Tula Eco…

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Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are residents of Lilburn, Ga., Kisiel-Smith has many fond memories of Wanakah. She spent her childhood summers in a nearby cottage owned by her mother, the late Loretta Kisiel, who was born and raised in Buffalo. After her moth…

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Maria and Tom Tarapacki share the story about how, after the exterior of their home was re-sided and spruced up, the mail carrier was so startled by the transformation he had to double-check the address to make sure he had the right house. The exterior makeover is just one of the projects the Tarapackis have tackled during the past five years. The couple, who married in…

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From books to French country decor, Stephanie Hollis combines the things she loves to create a cozy home. Here is how Hollis, an English teacher at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, described the place for our Home of the Week online feature: "My home embodies a cozy French country cottage with its decor and old-fashioned charm. What made me really …

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Siblings Philip Mure and Roberta Mure have an extensive collection of clocks in their Mayville home in Chautauqua County. Most came from garage sales and thrift shops. Here is how they described their old Victorian for our latest Home of the Week feature: "This Victorian house is beautifully decorated inexpensively with garage sale and thrift shop finds. How many houses…

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In fall 2017, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. Since then we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature and the stories behind them and their dé…

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Thomas W. Burkman, Ph.D., research professor of Asian Studies, emeritus, at the University at Buffalo, lives in a custom-designed home on Grand Island. This is where he and his wife, the late Lani J. Burkman, a pioneering scientist in the study of male infertility, raised a family. The property is called Heatherlea – named for two grown children, Heather and Wesley. The…

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Two years ago, empty-nesters Pamela and Ray Witte moved from their two-story home in the Northtowns to a ranch-style home closer to the Southtowns. The Buffalo News recently reached out to Pamela Witte, a longtime interior designer and member of the Interior Design Association of Western New York. Here is how she described their home and her approach to decorating fo…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall/winter season – and the holidays – upon us, The Buffalo News continues to lo…

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Kathy and Jim Szramkowski have lived in their farmhouse in the Southtowns since 2004. She’s a teacher’s aide at Iroquois Middle School; he’s a letter carrier. They have two grown children, ages 32 and 33, and their first grandchild is due in March. They love to entertain and are hosting Thanksgiving for 20 people. Here is how Kathy Szramkowski described the place for…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall season upon us, The Buffalo News continues to look for more homes to feature…