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Dormer vs gable roof question

tyler mills Mar 04, 2015 10:05AM MST

My wife and I are designing a modified Cypress (not so tiny house) floorplan on a longer 30' or 32' trailer, and we are definitely wanting a dormer roof over the bedroom loft. Since our plan has an extended front storage loft (roughly 5' deep) we were curious about putting a dormer on that too, for more height/storage space.

My question is why don't more people who have 2 lofts add dormers to each, or even a dormer style roof across the entire house?
Is it more of an aesthetic preference or is there a structural reason?

I've seen many tiny houses with a slanted shed roof from end to end, and this is kind of what I'm talking about. I think it adds a lot of space for more storage and I am curious why more people don't maximize on that height.

Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Jake Ewonus Mar 04, 2015 10:45AM MST Tumbleweed Houses Tumbleweed Staff
Hey Tyler,

It tends to be an aesthetic thing. There's no structural reason to have or not to have two dormers. I would suggest checking out the Kasl family Tumbleweed. http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/blogs/tumbleweed/15959960-kasl-family-tiny-house
They had a great option.

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Ross Beck Mar 12, 2015 10:26AM MDT Tumbleweed Houses Tumbleweed Staff
We design all our tiny house so that the roof and the whell wells do not exceed 8'6" in width, as required by DOT for trailer trailers.

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