Are you looking for more space, ventilation or light in your home? One way to add more space or light to an existing home without a huge addition is to add dormers. If you’re thinking about adding dormers to your house you will want to make sure they complement your home style.
Dormers can take on many shapes and sizes here is a guide to the most popular:
Gable- This is probably the most popular type of dormer. A gable dormer is typical in the English Tudor style home. Gabled dormers have gabled roofs, with two sloping planes that meet in the center.
Hipped- These are similar to gabled dormers but hipped dormers are sheltered by side roofs and sloping fronts. They form a pointed cap meeting at a common ridge line.
You can mostly find them on a Shingle, Prairie, and French Eclectic style home.
Eyebrow dormers- These dramatic dormers look like their name, they have a low upward curve and a lack of vertical sides. The eyebrow dormer is often a feature of Shingle style architecture.
Shed- The shed dormer is the most simple, they feature single-planed, pitched roof. Shed dormers provide the greatest headroom and window space.
The costs of adding dormers can vary; plan on an average cost of cost between $80 and $140 per square foot. This price reflects only the exterior work, when adding dormers there will be interior work, such as dry walling, painting, and more.
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