What is a Canadian Dormer?

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

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