balancing act before
Photo: Mary Kay and Pat McPhillips
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Balancing Act: Before

Who: Mary Kay and Pat McPhillips
Where: Ellensburg, Wash.

It took us 20 years, but my husband and I were finally ready to add period charm to our nondescript 1920s house. We wanted it to look more balanced and inviting and add some Arts and Crafts style. After inspecting old homes in the area and consulting an architect, we decided to add a deep front porch, square pillars, a centered front door, and a shed roof. Two contractors, working together, enclosed the existing entry porch, built the new framework, put up fiber-cement siding, and installed a glass-paned door that mimics the home's original windows.
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