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Issue Date: July 2009

The Lakefront Charmer

Colleen Mytnick
Like many homes in Clifton Park, it was built as a summer cottage. The original kitchen, now a pantry, was a mere 8 feet by 6 feet. The three-car garage certainly did not exist, nor did the large and airy kitchen with a view of the lake.

Bought by the Wiedemer family in 1989, the Lake Road house needed a lot of work. In addition to putting on a front porch and renovating the home’s exterior, the family reconfigured the interior space with the help of architect Charles Fazio. When they bought it, for example, a laundry room blocked the view of the lake from the kitchen. That had to change.

The work took nine months and was full of surprises. “Oh, it was amazing,” laughs Sue Wiedemer. “We took down one plaster wall, and there were thousands and thousands of acorns behind it.”

The finished project is stunning — a wide and graceful home with views of the lake and the outdoor pool from nearly every room. Upstairs, there are five bedrooms and a cozy nursery with a fireplace surrounded with tiles depicting various nursery rhymes. Much of the original tile, in great condition, still exists in the upstairs baths.

With three grown children, however, it’s time to downsize, and Wiedemer plans to sell the house. By the time this is published, she hopes to have it listed for sale. The price is not yet available.

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