A Canadian Dormer, also known as a “Dramatic Dormer” is best be described as a very tall, steep sloped “A” Frame Dormer with a window. The high peak ends up being just an architectural feature, and doesn’t offer any additional “functional” space.

Canadian Dormers are an architectural feature that is commonly found in many parts of New Hampshire, but more specifically in the city of Manchester.

There is a heavy French Canadian influence in Manchester, so it’s no surprise that you can find Canadian architectural features in the city.

And as home inspectors, we don’t necessarily need to know the names of architectural features, but as rule, it’s good to know the correct name.

We could just call them just regular dormers and that would be an accurate description. But considering that here in New England we have all kinds of unique and sometimes odd architectural, it’s fun to be knowledgeable for our clients, especially those clients that are from outside of New England.

Be on the lookout for Canadian Dormers as you admire the unique architecture present here in New England!

At First Choice Home Inspection, our established process of inspecting a home helps to protect your investment!

Mike McCarty
NH Licensed Home Inspector # 316
HUD 203k Consultant # 1939

When doing home inspections, we often encounter architectural peculiarities on homes. Especially in New England.

So the other day we came across a house with an addition attached to it. This particular type of addition is known as a “Beverly Jog” in New England.

How the name “Beverly Jog” came about is unknown, but it is suspected / conjectured that the feature possibly originated in Beverly, Massachusetts.

The feature is best described as an addition attached to the original home that has a sloped, shed roof and a cliff-like face. The addition juts out from the home, hence the term “jog.”

Typically, the feature was added to the home to provide an enclosure for interior stairs leading to the 2nd story of the home.

Once in my career I came across a “Beverly Jog” structure that had been moved from 10 miles away and then attached to an existing home. The structure that was moved was literally just a shed! When it was attached to the existing home, it became a “Beverly Jog.” Voila!

Check out these pictures of a few famous homes in Massachusetts with “Beverly Jogs” attached.

At First Choice Home Inspection, our established process of inspecting a home helps to protect your investment!

Mike McCarty
NH Licensed Home Inspector # 316
HUD 203k Consultant # 1939

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