Dormers are an excellent add-on for A-frame houses.

In this article, I explain to you why ...and I’m going to share with you one unusual way of using dormers.

What is a dormer

A dormer is a structure made of three vertical walls and a roof that protrudes from the roof of a house.

A dormer usually contains one or more windows.

In the case of an A-frame house, dormers are at ground level and their height spans from the floor to the full height of the room.

4 reasons you might want a dormer

There are four main reasons why you might want to consider a dormer in your home:

  • dormers extend outside the limits defined by the roof, adding more volume to the living space. Not only they provide more volume but they also provide a good amount of vertical walls;
  • A-frame houses are notorious for their lack of vertical walls, so adding some is definitely a benefit;
  • the dormer expands the house with more volume, but it also increases the usable height of the space closer to the edge of the building (otherwise usable only for storage or technical installations);
  • a dormer can be equipped with one or more windows, providing a great deal of natural light.

Practical examples of how to use dormers

In A-frame homes, dormers are an excellent solution to expand the rooms at the ground level without altering the geometry of the house.

Dormers can be used to:

  • make space for the bathtub in the bathroom;
  • extend the living room (or the kitchen) and get more light in the house;
  • simply add large windows to the house.

Construction of Avrame dormers

We worked hard to engineer a dormer construction that is simple to build and that can be scaled up in several connected dormers.

The basic dormer module is 2.4m wide (7.9 ft).

While we can build multiples of that, we do not provide other in-between measures because this would complicate the construction and it would end up being very expensive.

An unusual way of using dormers

Working with many projects, we’ve received a lot of exotic requests.
From time to time some really good idea comes along… and that’s how we came to connect two A-frame houses through their dormers.

We’ve been experimenting with this concept and we discovered that you can connect together pretty much every model we have.