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Question DetailsAsked on 11/27/2011

Has anyone done a Shed dormer on a 1 1/2 story colonial?

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A Colonial, typically is not 1-1/2 stories, but 2 stories. . .

Is it a Cape Cod? Split Level? It is possible you have a modern home with Colonial features; a traditional Colonial would have gabled dormers which are tall and narrow, and align with the fenestration below. A properlly constructed dormer looks as if the walls on either side of the window are very thin; the window is the most prominent feature. (Builders often construct them wrong with wide walls and small windows.) Google image and check out the homes from the 1800s vs the 2000s and you'll see the differences.

Either way a dormer with a shed roof can be accomplished depending on the size (width) of the dormer and the slope of the adjacent roof. The steeper the slope, the more viable a shed roof is (you need to shed the water, and specifically the snow fast enough).

Your best bet would be to hire a licensed architect to do a study for you. They would be able to show you different sizes and pitches, as well as a shed and a gable so you can decide which dormer looks the best for your of home.

Use the "Architect Finder" at the bottom of the website below. Good luck!


Answered 8 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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