Turning around a ranch

Rochester Magazine, June 2014

Turning around a ranch

Rochester Magazine, June 2014

Rochester-Magazine-08-2013When Brian and Traci Watcher her say they flipped their house, it’s not what you think. What they “flipped” was the entire first-floor room layout, to improve the flow. In the process, they transformed a small, dark ranch house into a light-filled contemporary space that takes full advantage of it surroundings.

The couple and their two kids were living in Raleigh, North Carolina, when they started house hunting, wanting to return to the area: he’s from Buffalo, she’s from Syracuse, and they met as RIT students.

Location was key. “It was important to me to be able to walk to a village and not feel stuck in a car all the time, “says Traci, who works from home as a support manager for an international software company. Brian, too, has a home office for his work as a sales executive for global IT company. So finding just the right home was paramount.

It didn’t take long to find the right area – Traci says she “fell in love “with the village of Pittsford and the surrounding canal and trails. But the right house? Traci says they “must have looked at every house in Pittsford and Victor.”

They were about to return to Raleigh when their realtor finally persuaded her to look at us circa 1950 Sears catalog home, one of roughly 70,000 kit homes sold by mail order in the first half of the 20th century…

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Story by Stacey Freed | Photos by Matt Wittmeyer