Dormers and Attics
A dormer is a great way to begin a window treatment for an attic that has been converted into living space. Another benefit of dormers is that they add character to an otherwise plain looking house. Depending on the size and type of dormer you select, you could add significant living space to your home. Dormers come in two general types: Gable Dormer and Shed Dormer. Gable dormers are built in the “A” shape. Shed dormers tend to have a downward shaped flat roof.
Converting your attic into living space can dramatically increase the value and utility of your home. As you’ve imagined, attic conversion can consist of significantly more than adding a staircase, and walls. One of the first considerations is whether the attic can be converted without making structural changes to your home. Lack of head room and a truss roof system are two major reasons for structural changes. Other considerations include relocating mechanical system and placement of the staircase. Additionally, dormers may be required to provide adequate windows for your project. Finally, standard windows and skylight installation should be considered.
Aside from the considerations mentioned above, converting your attic into living space involves standard building practices. Framing walls & ceilings, hanging and finishing drywall, supplying electrical and HVAC service, optional plumbing, interior door installation, floor covering, and painting and wallpapering, are among the jobs involved.