BuildingsRustic Exterior, Oxfordshire
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Choose your dormer styleThere are several different shapes that dormer windows can take, and these have different visual effects and give different benefits internally.The shape that most people often feel are the ‘prettiest’, most traditional and certainly the form that planners tend to like are small pitched-roof dormers. These can add an attractive cottagey look to a traditional roof as this image illustrates, but the downside is that they tend to add very little internal headroom and volume to your loft room.
Dormers have historyPeople often think of dormers as a modern thing, but in fact they’ve been used on roofs for centuries and, before the invention of the roof window, were really the only way to bring daylight into a loft.Frequently, dormers brought light and ventilation into small roof spaces where servants were accommodated, so it’s not unusual for the windows and dormers themselves to be small in scale. Planning departments (when permission is required) often stipulate that dormers should be no wider than they are high, reflecting this traditional small scale.
Dormer windows can be different sizes…There are several things you can do with a dormer window, and most will depend on the style of your own property and the homes nearby. Generally, the dormer window will need to bear some relation to the home’s existing windows, and be smaller than them.In more cottage-style properties, two or three smaller dormer windows might be installed for a much softer look, as on this house. Although this means there’s less room inside, it generally looks much better externally.Discover what to consider when planning a loft conversion
Look beyond the front door If your house is on a corner plot or you have a wraparound garden, give the surrounding area some attention. Spruce up your side view by pruning foliage, weeding beds and giving walls a lick of paint, so visitors are impressed as they try to locate the front door.Liked this? Tell us what would attract you to a house – and what would put you off!