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Recessed Dormer

Unlike other dormers, recessed or inset dormers are set back into the roof, giving them a distinctive architectural style. If you’re considering this elegant dormer style for your home, we have all the information you need to get started.


Dormers typically cost $2,500 to $5,000, though they can be more expensive for larger-sized additions. It’s best to get a couple price quotes for your dormer project and go from there.


Recessed dormers allow for deeper windows, as well as increased natural light and ventilation.

Since recessed dormers don’t stand out like other dormers, they are a great choice for smaller roofs.

Recessed dormers create a much different look than other dormers.


Because it is set into the home and not simply on top of the roof, installation can be more complicated as well.

Installing a recessed dormer can be costly.


The durability of a recessed dormer depends mostly on the materials used. Speak with your contractor about warranties and how best to care for your recessed dormer.

Common Questions and Answers

What are the best window coverings for a recessed dormer window?

It’s best to begin with a dormer rod, which can be designed to swing open from one end or from the center. The rod, along with the appropriate curtain(s) can be purchased at most department stores.


Dormers were first used by architect Francois Mansart (inventor of the Mansard roof) in the 16th century. There are now many styles of dormers available, including the recessed dormer.

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