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This Palisades home overlooks the Potomac River and the best river view was from a small attic window. The owners wanted to capture the view and create a more usable living area to entertain family. We added a large gable dormer to create an open, light-filled living space with a higher volume. A smaller rear shed dormer allowed us to add a new bathroom to this level.

The only way to create an open, light-filled living space was to construct dormers in the roofline. Our designer opted for two—one large gable dormer on the front of the house and a smaller shed dormer on the back roof.