Architectural Spotlight of Ellicottville

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Burke Contracting LLC
The Genius is in the Details
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by John Thomas
Staff Writer

   It was Leonardo D Vinci who said “The genius is in the details,” and when you look over the work of Pat Burke, you might be inclined to agree.  For over ten years his contracting business has been dong new home construction and remodeling many of the homes in the area.  Now, he has branched out to entire housing developments.  The project is called Sundance and sits on 60 acres just off Summerville Valley Road.  But rather than packing the houses in dense piles up and down the hillsides, Pat is assuring the quality of life for those who move to the area.  No lot is under five acres, and a large amount of land has been set aside for common space, green space, ponds, hiking, snow showing and cross country trails.  Every hillside house will be positioned so that no house in front of it will obstruct the view.  There will be no ugly phone poles, because all the utilities are underground.  Access will be from a town maintained road, and will end in a quiet cul-de-sac.  There is a stocked reflecting pond, picnic areas, groomed trails, and a large gazebo with a Unilock base and fire pit. 

   As much thought as Pat has put into the development, even more goes into the detail of the homes.  As has been the hallmark of his remodeling business, the details that will go into the new homes will be extraordinary.  His model home bears this out;  the floors are wide plank hardwood, finished to a light blond color.  Solid walnut wainscoting adorns the walls, and around the solid oak doors dark walnut trim sets and elegant tone.  The kitchen features poured concrete counters that are matched by the stone tile back splash.  The walnut cabinets are trimmed with the same detail as the doors, and create a stylish and warm working space.  The theme in the ground level is cherry wainscoating with cherry trimmed header and crown, Italian tile floor with radiant heat, and its own wood burning fireplace and kitchenette.  In the main room is one of Pat’s hand made tables, with a beautiful hand lacquered finish.

   Other samples of Pat’s attention to detail abound throughout Ellicottville.     A custom home he’s building on Greer Hill, another example of his fine work,  is an impressive Timberbuilt home.  The massive open beams that support the second story are in themselves a work of art.  Each joint is pegged, adding to the quality of the finish.  When you go into one of Pat’s homes it doesn’t take long to realize the genius behind the  building. They are more than mere shelter. They are works of art.   It’s those genius details that make the difference.  To contact Pat you can reach him on his ever present cell phone, 716-378-4223.

The model home for the Sundance development is full of examples of Pat’s attention to detail.


The deck on the model home of Pat’s Sundance development shows the view some of the homes will have.


Solid oak doors are trimmed in black walnut, giving a Victorian sense of sophistication.


Wide plank hardwood floors lead to the field stone fireplace.


The stocked pond has a gazebo (on the left) and a fire pit (foreground).


The kitchen in the model home features poured concrete counters. The trim at the top of the cabinets matches the doors.


This hand made table, is just a sample of the detail Pat puts into his homes. Note the wainscot and trim around the door.