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Dormer Additions

Starting at $15,000 (shell only for a 26' x 12' shed dormer)

A dormer addition is a cost effective way to gain an extra bedroom on the second level of a cape cod style home or bungalow style home by adding headroom to the existing attic space.

Most capes and bungalows can benefit from raising the roof and adding extra head room for a bigger second floor footprint. This space can be utilized to make the existing space grander or to add 2 more bedrooms to your home.

A dormer addition can also be used with any other style home to add the necessary space for a stairwell, bathroom or to simply add character to your existing roof profile. You could also have your addition contractor add a roof dormer with a decorative window to let more light into your existing living space. There are specific purposes to each style dormer you can choose from.

Click through the different dormer type below to read how each is unique.

A Bonneted dormer addition is any dormer that has three walls and an elliptical roof above. In most situations, a bonneted dormer addition will match the profile of an elliptical window and the face of the dormer, and will have a barreled ceiling on the interior to match the window profile. This is not to be confused with an eyebrow dormer that has no walls at all.
A contemporary dormer addition is when the entire dormer addition protrudes through the roof line and is topped with a single angle roof without connecting to existing ridges, while also having no ridge itself. A contemporary dormer addition only looks correct when installed on a contemporary house and when the roof angle matches the existing roof angle. Windows can be installed on all sides of a contemporary dormer to catch sunlight from any direction if desired.
Most commonly called a lay-on dormer, blind dormer or false dormer in the field, a decorative dormer addition simply sits on top of your existing roof. A decorative dormer serves no other purpose than for aesthetics. It is used as a cheap way to break up the monotony of a very large single plane roof line. The contrast of colors between the roof color, trim, and siding of a decorative dormer addition can add a tremendous amount of character to what was once a boring ocean of shingles.
A doghouse dormer addition is a gable dormer that sits on top of a roof-line usually with one window. A doghouse dormer addition can be installed anywhere that there is a cathedral ceiling on the interior. A doghouse dormer is utilized to bring more natural light to the interior of the home, as well as to dress up the exterior. Doghouse dormers have no walls on the interior to support it.
An eyebrow dormer addition has no walls and is elliptical or oval in shape, used to cover an elliptical window or elliptical roof vent protruding from the roof plain. This type of dormer addition can bring tons of daylight to a usually dark interior loft, and looks just as beautiful from the inside as the outside. An eyebrow dormer addition is usually overlooked when designing a home due to the expense but can turn heads by adding lots of curb appeal.
A flat roof dormer addition is exactly what it sounds like. It is utilized when there is no option to have a pitched roof above or if the roof line conflicts with the the existing ridge line. This usually happens when designing a shed dormer on a bungalow style home and when the ridge is lower than normal on a cape cod style home.
A gable dormer addition is an A-frame style dormer that in most cases is used to add style to your home. It can also be used in conjunction with a shed dormer to break up the plain look of a shed dormer. A Gable dormer addition will add character to the front of your home similar to the style the Nantucket dormer does. A gable dormer addition is most often used to add ceiling height required to install a large circle top window to the front of your home. Depending on the size and location of the dormer, it can be constructed in many different ways custom to your addition needs.
A hipped dormer addition is normally utilized on a home that has an existing hip-roof to match its style. It was used as a solution to keep weather away from window dormers at the turn of the century by constructing eaves not only the sides, but the face of the dormer as well. The hipped dormer was usually big enough to fit one window and it's trim on the exterior — eliminating the need for siding way up on the roof. Hipped dormers additions are traditionally build to the opposing sides or all four sides of homes with a main hip-roof. These were originally constructed specifically to protect the house and its very valuable windows from weather. Now it is used for design purposes and aesthetics.
Also called a cricket dormer, a link dormer can add a room between two gables by joining them together with a roof line. It also connects a roof protrusion such as a chimney to the main roof or a structural member that needs to be covered from the weather. It is primarily designed to shed water away or redirect rainwater to a gutter.
A Nantucket dormer addition consists of two gable dormers connected at the center with a shed dormer. The gable dormers would normally stand proud of the shed dormer. The shed dormer serves two purposes in this situation: to maintain ceiling height through gable dormers, and to prevent rain water from funneling to one location between the gable dormers. The Nantucket dormer addition has a very unique style that will make your house stand out from the rest with appeal and function.
The shed dormer is the most common type of dormer. It is the simplest way to add space for the least amount of money. A shed dormer consists of one wall in the front, a gable wall at each side, and a single plane roof with roof rafters running from front wall to your existing ridge line. In most cases, a shed dormer can be constructed in one day and you can add two bedrooms to your home very quickly.
A walk-out dormer addition is normally a small dormer constructed so that the inside walls of the home and ceiling are the same height as the interior walls. A walk-out dormer may protrude from a hallway on the second floor or in a large master bedroom as a small sitting area with a view. There may be a series of walk-out dormers that provide you with a private view of your properties landscape as you walk down the hall, or may be separated by rooms. A series of walk-out dormer additions will make your home unique and give you a intimate view of your own landscape.
A wall dormer addition is a dormer where the front wall sits directly over the exterior wall below and breaks the line of the cornice work such as facia, freeze board or overhang. This type of dormer addition presents issues by breaking the gutter system and requires the use of additional downspout locations. It is commonly used in conjunction with a front knee wall to make the dormer look smaller than it is.
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