Roof Loft Dormers Surrey
A dormer is an upright window that has a roof of its own, placed, at least in part, in the slope of the roof. When dormers are ‘correct’ they can view wonderfully. When things go wrong, they look ghastly. It is a question of both size and position.
Many self-builders forget that when early cottages were built, there were no dormers — because there were no window openings at first-floor level. So endless amounts of cottage dormers are actually retrofits — and yet so often they appear original. Why? Because they are not too big, and they are in proportion with the roof, which is both large and steeply pitched.
Translate this to a modern one-and-a-half storey house – many self-builders end up with them because they cannot gain permission for two storeys – and the lesson is always the same: keep the dormer windows in proportion. If you look at any number of spec-built ‘dormer bungalows’, the most unsatisfying visual feature is usually that the roof windows are too big, meaning that the front elevation is out of proportion.