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Hipped Dormer

Essentially a dormer with a hipped roof, the hipped dormer is characterized by three sloping planes that meet at the top. Prairie and craftsman-style homes are the types that typically feature hipped dormers—and they look absolutely stunning. Here’s what you need to know.


The cost of adding an average-sized (6 x 9-foot) dormer, hipped or otherwise, runs between $2,500 and $5,000. There will be additional charges for interior work, such as drywall, painting, and flooring, should you require it. It’s best to get a couple price quotes for your project and go from there.


A hipped dormer can add extra light and ventilation to a home.

Works beautifully with a wide variety of home styles.

Hipped dormers are aesthetically pleasing, even more so on homes with hipped roofs.


Depending on the materials or complexity of your design, hipped dormers can be complicated and costly to build.

If any dormer isn’t properly sealed to the rest of your home, leaks can lead to mold and structural damage.


The durability of a hipped dormer depends, in large part, on the materials used. Speak with your contractor about how best to care for your own dormer addition.

Common Questions and Answers

What types of home styles look best with a hipped dormer?

Hipped dormers are used on a variety of home styles, including Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Neoclassical, Italianate, Federal, Greek Revival, Arts and Crafts, Georgian Revival, Renaissance Revival, and different Prairie styles.

Are hipped roofs and hipped dormers similar?

Yes, both hipped roofs and hipped dormers are characterized by the same shape and style. In addition, most hipped dormers are found on hipped roofs.


Dormers were first used in the 17th century by architect Francois Mansart, who was also responsible for the design of the Mansard-style hip roof.

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