How to Add a Room Roof Design

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How to Add a Room Roof Design
Dormer space can bring natural light into an attic room. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Creating an interesting roof design for an addition or existing room can make your home seem more upscale. One section of your house can have vaulted ceilings, for example, to make the space look elegant from an interior viewpoint. Dormer windows added to an attic room will bring in natural light and improve kerbside appeal. Well-crafted roof lines can add significant architectural beauty to a home's overall design, so don't make decisions lightly when it comes to renovating roof space.

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    Draw different designs for the new roof to examine various alternatives before making a decision. Sketch dormer windows, for example, over a living room. Create a different drawing for the same roof space. Sketch a plan whereby a section of the roof is lifted, requiring a wedge of framework, to hold a row of several windows. Plan to install this row of windows so you can view the sky from any standpoint in the living space below.

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    Build a new roof section to contrast with the rest of the roof. Plan to construct a hip roof over a new kitchen addition on the back, for example. Envision a hip roof as a roof with all sides sloping downward toward the exterior walls. Picture a hip roof as having no gables or vertical sides at all. Sketch the entire house on graph paper to make sure the hip roof complements the overall design, however. Consider building interior exposed timber framing to give definition to the hip roof over the kitchen.

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    Carve out multiple skylights on the back of your house. Add four or five skylights in a row to a large living space. Build a sky well shaft for each skylight, if your ceiling is not a vaulted one. Install a skylight in a small bedroom with limited window space as well.

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    Install a sharp A-frame roof for an arts-and-crafts space. Build an artist's studio or sewing room on one end of your house or on the back side. Design the roof over the room with a steeply angled A-frame. Use open beams in the room for a rustic look. Add a decorative small window in the peak of the A-frame for an artist's touch that will stand out inside and outside the house. Install stain glass, perhaps, in the small window.

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    Use cedar shakes on the roof of an addition for a cottage home. Plan to construct a glass room addition on the front or a family room on the back. Use cedar shakes if the roof is somewhat separated from the home's main roof. Add the cedar shakes for kerbside appeal, and be sure to seal them properly with a waterproofing material made especially for wooden shingles.

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