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Which style of dormer is ideal?

2 months ago

Good afternoon. I’m trying to add a dormer to a 2nd floor bedroom in my home. I’m curious if there’s a straightforward answer to “which style of dormer typically has the least amount of structural reinforcement required to build?” We had a designer do a gabled design but our structural engineer is telling us we need to reinforce foundation ($$$) and I’m wondering if a shed dormer would reduce that requirement.

I’ve had a hard time getting much help from my local strucutral engineering businesses — “show us the plan and we’ll run calcs” which ends up costing a lot of money for each iterationstation. looking for any guidance on rules of thumb for different styles of dormer.

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