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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

shed dormer windows house entry house exterior design ideas

shed dormer windows house entry house exterior design ideas

Let me preface that this is not my house . Brian and I enjoy strolling the neighborhood admiring homes and to our surprise, Ava loves it, too.  Therefore, it has become a family activity. Our neighborhood is usually filled with old homes but this new build fits quite nicely here [edited to credit the builder Reuter/Walton and @peterssenkellerarchitecture]. Shed dormers are always a classic and add variation to the exterior.  And I'm loving the turning of colors on the leaves out front…

Let me preface that this is not my house . Brian and I enjoy strolling the neighborhood admiring homes and to our surprise, Ava loves it, too. Therefore, it has become a family activity. Our neighborhood is usually filled with old homes but this new build fits quite nicely here [edited to credit the builder Reuter/Walton and @peterssenkellerarchitecture]. Shed dormers are always a classic and add variation to the exterior. And I'm loving the turning of colors on the leaves out front…

what are shed dormer types how to build shed dormer

what are shed dormer types how to build shed dormer

Shed Dormer Framing Plans | Shed Dormer With Flashing Lights

Shed Dormer Framing Plans | Shed Dormer With Flashing Lights

Attic Addition Calculator - estimates cost of building attic shed dormer addition

Attic Addition Calculator - estimates cost of building attic shed dormer addition

Whites Cove residence, Maine. Gulfshore Design.

Whites Cove residence, Maine. Gulfshore Design.