Adding a dormer to this South Minneapolis home brought it from a 2 bedroom/1 bath home to a 5 bedroom/2 bath house! Dormers are best for attics that are somewhat useable but would be considerably more functional with the space a dormer can provide.
When this 1950s house was built near Minnehaha creek, it was intended to have a finished upstairs. There was a working staircase and 2 existing rooms framed-in along the back of the attic space.
The front half of the house had a long sloped roof making it awkward to use as living space and taking away from it’s curb appeal.
This made it the perfect candidate for a gable dormer. A gable dormer is a triangle shaped dormer; other types of dormers are shed (single pitch roof) and eyebrow (shaped like an eyebrow).
Adding a good sized dormer on half of the house turned the partial attic into a full story. Where once there was space for two small bedrooms, there is now a generous master suite, a jack and jill bathroom, a laundry room, and two additional bedrooms besides the master!
In addition to almost doubling the livable space of this home, perhaps the most stunning aspect to this remodel is the beautiful cantilever deck off the master bedroom overlooking Minnehaha Creek!
New walkway and a new look on life! The after shot says it all!