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Two wing walls make all the difference.

A facelift took years off this ranch house in Bellevue, Washington. The sleek, contemporary look didn't rely on costly changes to existing walls and windows; instead, a new pair of wing walls accomplished most of the transformation.

One wing wall extends 16 feet to the side of the garage. It steps forward and rises to a peak above the entry walk. Built like a false-front stage flat (no roof or back), this section of the wall frames the view to a new covered porch and the front door.

The second wall stands 6-1/2 feet away from the front of the house. It ties to the end of the house and to a pair of overhead sections that flank the front door. These support a gabled skylight that runs from the roof to a peaked area of the wing wall (it repeats the gable in the front wall). The skylight protects the entry porch, but keeps it bright.

Architect Peter Dieckerhoff of Dean Read Architects, Mercer Island, Washington, designed the wing walls for easy construction. They rise from precast concrete footings connected by pressuretreated 4-by-6s. A plywood-faced stud wall rests on this base, and an outer layer of gray-painted siding and white trim helps blend the walls with the house.
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