A year ago this month, Dr. Peter Treyz and his wife, Betty, were sifting through the ashes of their South Salem home that had been burned down to the foundation by an attic fire.
A year later, Dr. Treyz and his family are watching with excitement as cranes carefully piece together their new Twin Lakes Road home.
“Hopefully, we would like to be in by the middle to end of April, with a little bit of luck,” he said. “It depends how the modules go together. They are computerized, so the whole building is a computerized method, then they stack these things on top of each other.”
Construction of the modular home began this week, Dr. Treyz said, and although by the end of the day on Tuesday the home was airtight and weatherproofed, a great deal of interior work remained to be done, including floors, drywall and electrical work.
This was not Dr. Treyz’s first fire or his first time rebuilding his home. His home on the same property burned down 31 years ago, in 1981.
The cause of the fire that destroyed his home in 2012 was never determined. It is possible that a rodent may have caused a fire by chewing through electrical wires, Dr. Treyz said, but no one is certain.
“It really wasn’t a big inconvenience,” he said. “We are lucky to have a lot of family and we live across the street with our daughter and son-in-law.”
Dr. Treyz has been living with his daughter Nancy Sutera and her husband, Paul, while awaiting the rebuilding of his home.
Dr. Treyz has seven children and 24 grandchildren, many of whom attended school in Katonah-Lewisboro and still live in the area.
A retired orthodontist, Dr. Treyz currently serves on the Katonah-Lewisboro school board. Dr. Treyz, whose term on the board ends this spring, said that he will likely run for re-election again, but that he still has to discuss the matter with his family.