Give your home more character and natural light with dormer windows

When it comes to residential architecture, dormer windows are the definition of cozy. These specially positioned windows stick out from sloping roofs, and while they can be incorporated into original construction, they're easy additions to add to a home. Better yet, dormer windows offer character and welcoming comfort – peeking out of roofs and filling bedrooms or attic studios and offices with light.

The editors at Houzz are huge fans of dormer windows, especially when it comes to flooding otherwise underli​t attic spaces with plenty of sun. And as the website's dormer window gallery displayed, this style fits into a broad spectrum of home architecture and design. From one-and-a-half story Cape Cod houses to old, looming Victorians or modern cabins, there's plenty of dormer window variety out there. Of course, you can vastly improve your own dormer style by choosing Marvin Replacement Windows in New Jersey.

Marvin windows offer superior performance and safety. Furthermore, they're energy efficient – so even during the blistering heat of summer, you can depend on your fiberglass replacement windows to cut down on UV rays and retain your AC's cool air, while still brightly illuminating your space. This is all extra important for attic rooms, where overheating can be a real problem – one more reason Marvin windows are perfect for dormers!

Curious what dormer window varieties exist out there? Eager to pick a style that fits your home design? Just check out these options, cataloged by Better Homes and Gardens.

The shed dormer
BHG noted that this look is ideal for one-story homes that want to let in a little more light on their entryways. A shed dormer adds height and light, but it also allows the low roof to show off a little character. What usually signifies a shed style is the slightly different pitch of the dormer roof, which, while angled, isn't as steep as the regular roof.

The gabled dormer
This dormer looks fantastic on historic and Victorian homes. In this style, the dormer's top rises in two sharp planes that meet at a point above the window – much like a home's own gables. According to BHG, it's a perfect match for flower boxes.

The hipped dormer
Like a hip roof design, this dormer has three sloping planes that cover the window like a pointed hat. It has the benefit of looking less like an addition and more like an original part of the structure. A good look for almost any style of home.

The eyebrow dormer
This low-roofed dormer window looks great on Colonial homes. It has no siding, but instead long horizontal slopes that lead up to a point, or sometimes arch into a curve.

The twin dormers
As BHG pointed out, dormers aren't only about illuminating your interior – they add plenty of balance and style to the exterior as well. Twin dormers are exactly what they sound like – two identical dormers, usually of the shed or gabled variety, aligned architecturally for aesthetic effect.


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