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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM

House hand-built into holiday haunt

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Sketched Oct. 21, 2014

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Gary Pankow’s Mill Creek-area home looks nothing like it did when he purchased it in 2003. Over the past two years, this crafty fellow has turned his modest Cape Cod style house on a quiet cul-de-sac into a pretty faithful replica of a Second Empire Victorian. All in the name of Halloween.

A self-described “yard haunter,” Pankow says he got tired of building fake add-ons every year to make the house look spookier and decided, with the approval of his wife Molly and their four children, to embark on a permanent remodel. He used his own table saw to build proper Mansard roofs, dormer windows and bracketed eaves to match the desired architectural style. The upgrade has added extra storage and living space and created an even more authentic backdrop to what already was a popular trick-or-treating destination.

After Halloween is over, the rebuilt home may feel a bit out of place, but Pankow isn’t worried. He’s already picturing how gorgeous it will look with white lights for Christmas.

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