All About Dormers and Their Architecture
We’ve all heard the term “dormer”. But what exactly is a dormer? A dormer is a window that is typically set vertically on a sloping roof. Dormer windows may be built into the roof or a wall. The dormer has its own roof, which may be flat, arched, hipped, pointed, or ornamented.
Simply stated; a dormer uses the existing ridgeline to create more habitable space. Besides additional space for a home, dormers can add beauty and curb appeal to your home, increase natural light, improve ventilation, can make interiors more inviting and healthier.
On the inside, what may be dark or narrow space can become spacious with just a dormer window. You may even add an additional bathroom or enlarge an existing bathroom with a dormer in your master bedroom.
From the outside, a dormer can define certain house styles—Neo-colonial and Colonial Revival, Stick Style, Chateauesque, Second Empire, and the American Foursquare are all house styles that generally include a dormer in their designs.
Benefits of Second Floor Additions
There are many reasons to consider adding a second floor to your home. In addition to the benefit of having extra space, expanding your home vertically is a better use of space than expanding outward into your lot – especially if your lot is small or if you are in a town or municipality that have strict codes.
You can enjoy more space and still take advantage of your outdoor living space, and still have the privacy and quiet enjoyment you've always had. This is also another great way to make more room for an expanding family
This is a great time to take advantage of your construction project to vault or add height to your existing first floor ceilings. This is just another way to increase the value of your home. At the same time, you can look at the layout of your home and decide to create an open floor plan or merge rooms together now that you’ll have more space upstairs. It opens up a whole new world of possibility.