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Question DetailsAsked on 8/14/2015

Is it possible to add a dormer to my cape cod, or do I need a full renovation?

My husband and I own a cape cod. The top floor does not have a dormer, and we'd like to add either a shed or gable dormer. The only issue that we have is that the ceiling upstairs is only 6 feet tall. Is it possible/reasonable to do a dormer, or should we just do a full second level?

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Yes - can dormer, can (if code height limit for your area is not exceeded) "raise roof" to make full additional story though that commonly costs as much as adding an addition to the house. But in some cases, especially in cases with limited allowable building footprint, that is the best option. The biggest downside to "raising the roof" is that your house is potentially exposed to weather damage for a week or two typically, until the roof and new uper floor walls are framed and covered/sided.

My recommendation on dormers - if in snow country, avoid shed dormers due to snow buildup and potential icing issues - go with a steeper gabled dormer if feasible.

When logged in (as member or registered guest) you can see some prior responses on those two projects and some generic ballpark cost info right below this answer; more by putting the keyword "dormer" or "raise roof" into the Ask box - it will give you a few links to similar questions with answers. At the bottom of each question you will see more links to similar questions, so does not take long to find the relevant ones just by following from link to link as they appear to be pertinent.

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