Dormer Life!

Jan 12, 2024

In a past blog, we explained what dormers were (https://www.ckjbuilders.com/2023/06/29/team-work-makes-the-dream-work/) and how they are used in attic conversion projects. You own the space above your head, so why not make it work for you and your family!? Right? In addition to adding joy and versatility to your home, attic conversions will expand your finished, heated square footage, thus increasing the financial value of your home. This past summer, we completed an attic for clients in Lexington, North Carolina, which added life-changing space to their home. In this blog, we will be exploring their project.

This was one of the most significant attic conversion projects that we’ve done. We increased their total home square footage by a whopping 800 square feet! The new attic space was to be used as a “mother-in-law” suite. Sometimes, as our parents age, making space in our homes becomes a necessary and joyous transition for the whole family! What also made this an unusual project for us was that the attic was large enough to warrant not one but THREE double-window dormers. These dormers added height and floor space to the living areas and aided in a ton of light flooding the rooms. There are no dark attics in this home!

Below, you’ll find the BEFORE pictures of the attic. Look closely, and you see all that goes into reworking rafters and supporting cross beams to make the resulting rooms open and accommodating. Study the old rooflines and compare them to the later photos of the completed dormers. You must have the utmost confidence in a contractor to allow them to cut three large holes in your roof! We put in HVAC access, electrical/internet connections, and numerous can lights. In the AFTER photos, notice the openness of the two-level living room and the privacy of the hallway back to the only bedroom. The bathroom has an extra large step-in shower that will be very handy for an aging adult. We also plumbed for a future kitchen. The floors are hardwood-like luxury vinyl plank for lasting durability and easy maintenance. If you are considering converting your attic space into real, usable space, look for a contractor with experience in this type of project.

BEFORE
BEFORE
BEFORE
AFTER
AFTER
BEFORE
Two-level Living space
AFTER
One of the Dormers
Another Dormer
Master Bedroom
Hallway back to the bedroom
The bathroom in the third dormer