Home Addition Calculator: Estimate Your Cost To Build A Shed Dormer

Calculate the cost of building a shed dormer addition in your unused attic.

Price quote includes: cutting out a roof section, dormer framing, building the dormer, installing new windows, insulation, roof, and a bedroom + bath / shower room.

Addition Size: x Sq. Ft.
New Windows
New Roof Skylights
Bath / Shower type
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A "Medium Quality" addition includes the following:

  • New Hardwood Floors in the bedroom
  • 5x8' Standard Bathroom With Shower, and Tiled Floor / Shower Surround
  • Spray Foam Insulated ceilings and walls, with a sheetrock / plaster finish
  • 4 new construction windows and 2 Velux skylights
  • Existing stairs leading up to the attic with new railings (does not include building new stairs)
  • New electrical wiring and and HVAC(Radiators or Air Ducts) installed
"Luxury" makes use of higher quality, premium looking materials.

"Basic" will have materials suitable for a rental property. This includes: carpet floors, basic ceramic tile and an acrylic shower in the bathroom.

For a more accurate price estimate, use the "Regional" setting to choose in which part of the US you live.

Otherwise, use the "National Average". This unique feature allows you to get a truly custom estimate for your project.

Factors That Increase Shed Dormer Cost

The total cost of building an dormer addition will vary based on many factors.

If you live in a cold climate, the roof of your dormer will be susceptible to ice dams build up. This happens because in order to build it, you have to increase the ceiling height to at least 8 ft., making its roof almost flat.

This flat or low slope roof increases the chance of ice dam leaks. To avoid this problem, we recommend using a single ply membrane for low slope roofs, such as EPDM Rubber or PVC. This can increase your total cost by $1,400-2,500 on average.

Ins some cases, unexpected HVAC issues, such as difficulty in connecting existing system ducts / pipes to the attic, can also increase total cost. Keep in mind that an attic addition will increase your usable living space by an average of 200-250 sq. ft. This project's resale value is around 84.3%, making it a smart investment.

Design Considerations

Attic Dormer Many homeowners avoid building a shed dormer, because it is often perceived as an ugly structure that ruins the curb appeal of the house. Unfortunately, there is some truth to this. A poorly designed and positioned dormer can indeed look like an eye sore on the roof.

However, if you plan everything correctly, it can actually enhance the beauty and functionality of your home. Consider the following tips:

- The dormer should look like its a section of the main roof. Build it with just enough space for windows and headroom to avoid having an oversized, protruding structure.

- Ideally, the structure should spring from a line that is below the primary roof ridge.

- The roof slope of your dormer should be minimum 4-in-12. If its flatter, the wall of the dormer will appear disproportionately tall, creating a highly unbalanced design.

- It is best to avoid building something than runs the whole length of the house. These types of additions look strange, because they are mistaken for being the main roof. Instead, nest the dormer within the eaves of the main roof, so it clearly looks like a subordinate structure.

- Contact 3-4 local pros to get free estimates and design suggestions. This way you will be able to choose the best price and a contractor who you feel comfortable entrusting such a huge project.

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4 thoughts on “Home Addition Calculator: Estimate Your Cost To Build A Shed Dormer

  1. Alexander

    I am interested in a shed dormer on both sides of the attic of a classic cape cod to out a master bedroom with bath, and some extra storage space in.

      1. Michael J Stanley

        I’m trying to find out what the price to build two dormers on an existing home, with vinyl trim, window, clap board. The Dormers are going to be 4′ wide and around 9′ high. The price I’m looking for does not include materials just labor. Thank you in advance!!

  2. Joan

    I am trying to find out the cost of a shed dormer for our Cape house. We have two bedrooms in the attic and would like to add a bathroom.