A dormer and a cupola can bring light into a room from the roof. We use cupolas both as a way to bring in light and as a decorative element viewed from the exterior. Dormers can do the same thing, but can also provide views and additional full height space inside a room. Shed dormers allow us to keep the exterior of a building low while maximizing useable square footage within.
Whether we are brightening up a one story home or creating a cozy reading nook in a bedroom, dormers are one of the architects’ favorite tools. Cupolas on the other hand are like little buildings perched atop a roof and I find it hard not to smile when I see one shining in the night.