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Design details Dormer windows

Inserting a window into the slope of the roof could be the best way to maximise space in your home, but it’s got to look right outside. Emily Smith investigates the options
Here are the main style options – the right shape for your property will depend on the style of the external appearance and the pitch of your roof

Whether you’re converting a loft or building a new one-and-a-half storey home, a dormer could be the best way to bring extra headroom and daylight into the upper level of your property. Dormers come in all shapes and sizes, but they’re notoriously difficult to get right in terms of how they blend in with the rest of the dwelling. There’s a fine line between gaining as much space as possible inside and making sure it looks in proportion with the other external features. Get it right and you’ll have a practical, attractive feature; get it wrong and it’ll be an eyesore that ruins your property’s kerb appeal.

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The July edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A modern eco home built for just £77,000 (page 44) • Top flooring options (page 65) • Solar PV & battery storage (page 68) • Sliding doors vs bifolds (page 73) • 10 top tips for self builders (page 101) • Design ideas for awkward plots (page 110) … and more!