If you want to add extra headroom to your second floor, think about adding a dormer. Cape style homes that aren’t dormered have pitched ceilings on the second floor and can feel very cramped and small. You might also have a walk up attic that can make a great playroom, master bedroom, or just extra living space, but with pitched ceilings, a lot of useable space might be lost. There are different options of dormer styles, so ask about options, and it really makes the room bigger by adding more useable space than a pitched ceiling allows.
Not only does adding a dormer improve the appearance and feel of your home, but it also adds to the value. You might not be thinking of selling your home now, but know that even if you’re not, you’re still increasing the value of your home and the equity of your home if you ever decide you do want to sell your house or take out a home equity loan for other projects.
Adding a dormer is definitely something that you’ll want to hire a building contractor for since architectural and engineering drawings will have to be written up to ensure the correct structural integrity and overall design of your house.
When considering a dormer addition, it might also be a good time to consider the condition of your roof since a hole will be cut into the roof to make room for the dormer. Learn more about the signs that it might be [time to replace your roof: http://www.pjfco.com/2013/03/12/is-it-time-to-replace-your-roof/] in this earlier blog post.
So if you’re looking to give yourself more headroom, add more useable space to your home, and increase its value all at the same time, then adding a dormer to your cape cod style or third floor walk-up attic space is definitely the route to take.
Remember to always ask yourself what you want out of the project before you jump into it. If you have a good plan for what you want to use the space for, you can ensure that the design of the room fully fits with your overall plan for it. It’s better to go in with a plan so you don’t decide down the line that you wish you made the dormer addition one foot wider, or wish that you dormered all of the upstairs bedrooms instead of just doing one.