multiple dormer styles on craftsman bungalow

Old 08-26-09, 06:12 PM
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multiple dormer styles on craftsman bungalow

Assuming our repair request is resolved amicably my wife and I will be the new owners of a craftsman style bungalow in Louisville, KY. We are considering making our first renovation the finishing of the attic into a master suite. The long beam of the roof is front to back, and the roof is hipped at the front with a gabled dormer. To get more attic floor space we want to dormer out about 12 feet on each side of the roof. I wonder what are some opinions on whether it is appropriate for this style of house to make all the dormers the same style or if multiple dormer styles would be acceptable assuming we want to retain the historic character of the house. I am in the very early stages of this decision, but wonder if shed dormers would be appropriate, and also which style would provide the most interior function.

With thanks in advance for your help,
Old 08-26-09, 07:52 PM
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Hi Bill_V and welcome to DIY

The Craftsman style can be identified by some nain characteristics-->
Low pitched with hipped / gabled roof
Large overhanging eaves,
Exposed rafters / decorative brackets under eaves
Front porch beneath extension of main roof
Tapered, square columns supporting roof
Hand-crafted details in stone or woodwork

Now, there 4 subtypes in this style
- Front Gabled roof
- Cross gabled roof
- Side gabled roof
- Hipped roof

You can see some pictures of Craftsman Style in this link
So first, we need top determine the character of the house. If you can post a picture, I will be able to provide a better advice

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