Dormers are Windows Which Jut Out From the Roof of a Home, and have Roofs of Their Own
Dormers are windows that jut out from the roof of a home, and
have a roof of their own. The word comes from the Latin dormitorium meaning
"sleeping room," because dormers often bring space and light to
decorating purposes, a dormer creates a cozy spot for a reading chair or a desk.
Eyebrow dormers have a low upward curve, with no distinct vertical sides, allowing for a
curved window that looks much like an eye behind sleepy eyelids. Eyebrow dormers
are often seen in shingled roofs particularly in the
Shingle style of
architecture popular in the late 19th century.
Gable dormers have a gabled roof, with two sloping planes that meet at a central
ridge. During the English Tudor period in the 16th century, dormers with
roofs were typical.
Hipped dormers have a hipped roof with three sloping planes that meet at the
top. Prairie Style and
Craftsman houses will sometimes have hipped dormers, as
will most homes with a hipped roof.
InsetInset dormers are also called recessed dormers. Unlike most other dormers,
which extend out from a roof, this style is set back into the roof, creating a
much different look.
Shed dormers have a roof with a single sloping plane that extends over the
window. This style of dormer is seen in a wide variety of architectural styles
including Arts & Crafts and Colonial Revival.