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Question DetailsAsked on 7/17/2014

Can I make a tiny dormer when I replace my roof? Just need to raise a section of my roof about 2 feet (6 ft wide).

I have a bathroom with a sloped ceiling that makes it hard to shower. I am wondering how expensive or hard it would be to raise the roof a tiny bit (I am getting the roof done anyway). The section that would need to be raised is only about 6 feet long and would only have to be raised 2 feet or so. The room next to the bathroom has a more gradual slope so perhaps this section could just be done to match that slope? Just wondering if this is an easy thing to do, or basically will cost the same as adding a huge dormer. I don't be adding and sq footage, just a bit of height in the room. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

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Hopefully Don or one of the other contractors like Todd will jump in here with a second or even third opinion on this one:

Unfortunately, unless just raising between two rafters (typically a bit less than 2 feet apart, so not real useful), it means putting temporary support under the roof section, cutting the rafters going over that area, putting in new rafters and framing for the dormer, then reroofing that - not a real simple thing to do.

Doing it during a reroof is certainly the right time to do it though it would mean getting a General Contractor in instead of just a roofer, but I doubt you could get it for less than about an additional $1000 or so for just a raised flattened ramp section in the roof about 6 feet square which would look funny on anything but a modernistic design or Frank Lloyd Wright cheesebox design - commonly more like $3-5000 range if done as an actual dormer.

If the adjacent roof section is flatter so higher, then depending on how much roof would have to be "raised" could run from probably $2000 on up IF done along with the reroof job.

Unfortunately, you first need to get a structural engineer to look at the structure and determine a plan for what you want to do - which is going to be probbly $300-600 range for a simple case, potentially more in a very unusual or complex roof intersection case. Plans from an engineer are almost always required for a building permit for structural modifications.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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