Charlottesquare wrote:Dod101 wrote:Charlottesquare wrote:
Tends to be planning constraints re overall building heights, coupled with footplate size constraints on site leading to dormers for those extra sq ft.(Site percentage built on)
Still, they are doing something for roofers as in x years time it will be the repairs at the dormers and any valleys that keep the roofers happy. (My house is Victorian with two dormers, virtually all repairs over our 24 years of ownership have been re the dormers)
I think part of the thinking is that with dormers, a house can pass planning as a mere 1 1/2 storied building and the neighbours won't worry until it is built that is. But I agree that dormer windows provide neither one thing nor the other. We have them up and down our street and I hate them. I would I think actually prefer a proper two story house.
Ours is one of a pair of, two storey plus dormers in the roof, houses, the floor with the dormer windows would likely have been for the staff.
You can even work out the pecking order, the two rooms with dormers front/rear for the senior staff (cook etc), the smaller room with a velux window and fireplace (North side) for the next senior and the dogsbody got the 8ftx8ft south facing room with velux, cum ceiling and no fireplace, all the family would have then lived in the bottom two floors.
I believe the houses were built for Sea Captains in the late 1860s whereas the two storey ones with flat roofs that are built around the corner were for Ship's Mates.
That sounds interesting. I had a late Victorian house on two floors plus a mansard style roof giving the attic sufficient ceiling height to be full sized living areas. We had a permanent stair and ceiling height of at least 8 feet and velux windows, no dormers. Originally there was a maid's room on the first floor.
I have houses similar to the original one which AiY has highlighted, in the next street to where I now live. Not sure why people need houses of that size, especially when a number of them appear to be unoccupied for most of the time.