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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. 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.
Here are a few different types of dormers that you might want to have your local dormer addition contractor, North Jersey Pro Builders, add to your home.
Shed dormer- The shed dormer is the most common type of dormer. It is the simplest way to add space for the lease 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.
Gable dormer addition- A gable dormer addition is simply 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 such as the style of the Nantucket dormer does. A gable dormer addition is most often used to add the ceiling height required to install a large circle top window to the front of your home. Depending on the size and location of the gable dormer, the gable dormer can be constructed in many different ways custom to your addition needs.
Nantucket dormer addition- 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.
Decorative dormer addition- 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 a the monotony of a very large single plane roof line. The contrast of colors between the roof color and, trim and siding of a decorative dormer addition can add a tremendous amount of character to what was once a boring ocean of shingles.
Hipped dormer addition- 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 have are traditionally build to the opposing sides or all four sides of homes with a main hip roof and were constructed specifically to protect the house and its very valuable windows from weather. Now it is used for design purposes and aesthetics.
Walk-out dormer addition- A walk-out dormer addition is normally a small dormer constructed so that from the the inside of the home the walls 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 the walk-out dormers may 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.
Flat roof dormer addition- 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.
Contemporary dormer addition- 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 ridge and it has no ridge itself. A contemporary dormer addition only looks correct when installed on a contemporary house and the roof angle usually matches the existing roof angle. Windows can be installed on all sides of a contemporary dormer and to catch sunlight from any direction if desired.
Doghouse dormer addition- 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 and to dress up the exterior as well and has no walls on the interior to support it.
Wall dormer addition- 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.
Bonneted dormer addition- 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 a the face of the dormer and have a barreled ceiling on the interior to match the window profile as well. this is not to be confused with an eyebrow dormer that has no walls at all.
Eyebrow dormer addition- An eyebrow dormer addition has no walls. An eyebrow dormer addition is elliptical or oval in shape and is 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 addition lots of curb appeal.
Link dormer addition- 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 and is designed to shed water away or redirect rainwater to a gutter
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Bergen County: Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Darlington, Demarest, Dumont, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hillsdale, HoHoKus, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Moonachie, New Milford, North Arlington, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, River Vale, Rochelle Park, Rockleigh, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Saddle River, South Hackensack, Teaneck, Tenafly, Teterboro, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wallington, Twp of Washington, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Wood-Ridge, Wyckoff
Passaic County: Allwood, Awosting, Bloomingdale, Clifton, Cozy Lake, Cupsaw Lake, Delawanna, Dundee, Erskine, Erskin Lakes, Gordon Lakes, Great Notch, Green Pond, Greenwood Lake, Haledon, Haskell, Hawthorn, Hewitt, Hillcrest, Jefferson, Lake Swannanoa, Lionshead Lake, Little Falls, Main Avenue Station, Midvale, Mountain View, Newfoundland, North Haledon, Oak Ridge, Packanack Lake, Passaic, Passaic Park, Paterson, Peoples Park, Pine Cliff Lake, Pines Lake, Pompton Falls, Pompton Lakes, Preakness, Prospect Park, Ringwood, Shady Lake, Singac, Skyline Lakes, South Paterson, Totowa, Upper Greenwood Lake, Wanaque, Wayne, West Milford, West Milford Lakes, West Paterson, Woodland Park
Essex County: Belleville, Bloomfield, Brookdale, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, East Orange, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Grove, Irvington, Livingston, Maplecrest, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Newark, North Caldwell, Nutley, Orange, Overbrook, Roseland, Short Hills, South Orange, Upper Montclair, Verona, West Caldwell, West Orange,
Morris County: Boonton, Brookside, Budd Lake, Butler, Cedar Knolls, Chatham, Chester, Convent Station, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Fayson Lakes, Flanders, Florham Park, Gillette, Green Village, Greystone Park, Hiberia, High Crest, Ironia, Kenvil, Kinnelon, Lake Hiawatha, Lake Hopatcong, Lake Intervale, Landing, Ledgewood, Lincoln Park, Lindy Lake, Long Valley, Lower Montville, , Lyonsville, Madison, Mendham, Meriden, Millington, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Plains, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Freedom, Mount Olive, Mount Tabor, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, New Vernon, Parsippany, Parsippany Troy Hills, Pequannock, Picatinny, Pine Brook, Pompton Jumction, Pompton Plains, Powerville, Randolph, Riverdale, Rockaway, Rockaway Valley, Roxbury, Schooleys Mountain, Stirling, Succasunna, Tabor, Taylortown, Towaco, Troy Hills, Victory Gardens, Wharton, Whippany
Hudson County: Bayonne, Jersey City: Bergen-Lafayette: Beacon, Bergen Hill, Communipaw, The Junction, Jackson Hill, The Heights: Chelsea, Sparrow Hill, Washington Village, Western Slope, Historic Downtown: Grove Street, Hamilton Park, Harsimus, Boyle Plaza, Van Vorst Park, The Village, West End (historic), Hudson Waterfront: Exchange Place, Harborside Financial Center, Newport, Paulus Hook, Powerhouse Arts District, formerly known as "WALDO", Greenville: Curries Woods, Port Liberte
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Union County: Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, Vauxhall, Westfield
Somerset County: Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Belle Mead, Bernardsville, Blawenburg, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Dunellen, Far Hills, Flagtown, Franklin Park, Gladstone, Hillsborough, Liberty Corner, Lyons, Manville, Martinsville, Neshanic Station, Peapack, Pluckemin, Raritan, Rocky Hill, Skillman, Somerset, Somerville, South Bound Brook, Warren, Watchung, Zarephath
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Bergen County: 07401, 07620, 07621, 07603, 07072, 07010, 07624, 07626, 07446, 07627, 07628, 07073, 07020, 07407, 07630, 07631, 07632, 07410, 07022, 07024, 07417, 07026, 07452, 07601, 07640, 07604, 07641, 07642, 07423, 07605, 07643, 07644, 07071, 07430, 07495, 07607, 07432, 07645, 07074, 07646, 07031, 07647, 07648, 07436, 07675, 07649, 07650, 07652, 07656, 07446, 07657, 07660, 07450, 07451, 07661, 07675, 07662, 07647, 07070, 07663, 07458, 07606, 07666, 07670, 07680, 07458, 07463, 07057, 07676, 07675, 07677, 07075, 07481, 07011, 07012, 07014,
Passaic County: 07012, 07421, 07403, 07011, 07012, 07013, 07014, 07438, 07456, 07014, 07055, 07456, 07456, 07480, 07424, 07435, 07435, 07421, 07508, 07538, 07420, 07506, 07507, 07421, 07502, 07438, 07438, 07470, 07424, 07011, 07465, 07470, 07435, 07508, 07538, 07438, 07470, 07055, 07055, 07502, 07508, 07513, 07543, 07480, 07470, 07442, 07470, 07508, 07456, 07480, 07424, 07456, 07503, 07502, 07512, 07421, 07456, 07470, 07480, 07480, 07424, 07424