A shed dormer can be the best way to add space to a one-and-a-half-story house, but not if it's designed poorly. In this "Drawing Board" article, designer Michael Maines shares his general guidelines for shed dormers, then describes three variations on the shed-dormer style: a flush dormer, whose face wall is flush with the wall below; a recessed dormer, which is set into the roof; and a Nantucket dormer, a hybrid design that includes a gable dormer on each end of the shed dormer.

A shed dormer can be the best way to add space to a one-and-a-half-story house, but not if it's designed poorly. In this "Drawing Board" article, designer Michael Maines shares his general guidelines for shed dormers, then describes three variations on the shed-dormer style: a flush dormer, whose face wall is flush with the wall below; a recessed dormer, which is set into the roof; and a Nantucket dormer, a hybrid design that includes a gable dormer on each end of the shed dormer.

Day 9 - Framing the Dormer | Looking toward our bedroom. Mos… | Flickr

Day 9 - Framing the Dormer | Looking toward our bedroom. Mos… | Flickr

shed dormer inside bedroom, small windows above bed

shed dormer inside bedroom, small windows above bed

Back wall shed dormer - maybe taller windows.

Back wall shed dormer - maybe taller windows.

Framing Gable and Shed Dormers

Framing Gable and Shed Dormers

Attaching a shed-dormer roof - Fine Homebuilding Question & Answer

Attaching a shed-dormer roof - Fine Homebuilding Question & Answer

Dormer Styles | Frame a Classic Shed Dormer

Dormer Styles | Frame a Classic Shed Dormer

Cape With Shed Dormer | ... sealing at base of 2nd story dormer (behind roof apron) - DIYbanter

Cape With Shed Dormer | ... sealing at base of 2nd story dormer (behind roof apron) - DIYbanter

Traditional Nantucket Dormer - to add to rear shed dormer and/or new one in front

Traditional Nantucket Dormer - to add to rear shed dormer and/or new one in front

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/design/departments/drawing-board/making-shed-dormers-work.aspx

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/design/departments/drawing-board/making-shed-dormers-work.aspx

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