A dormer is a roofed structure created underneath the initial roof to extend the living space in the building. The creation of the space usually involves changing the initial structure of the roof, too – in some cases, the dormer requires only a roof window, in other cases, the structure of the entire roof above the dormer needs to be modified. Here are some aspects to pay attention to:
- Architectural design and permits – in most states, the addition of a dormer is considered to be a modification that involves changes to the building structure, therefore it requires a building permit issued based on blueprints. To find out whether or not you need a permit, consult local building codes and it is a good idea to check whether your HOA covenant allows for dormers in your neighborhood;
- Roofing materials – the roof in your dormer area needs to be made from the same material as the rest of the roof and it needs to be at least as strong and durable as the rest of the roof. You will need to pay special attention to the Dexter MI roofing waterproofing and insulation process – that is the only way to ensure that your new room is as comfortable as you want it to be and that the air in it is healthy.