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A familiar sight in the northeast is the Cape Cod home with a shed dormer in back and fulllength rafters at the front. This style is popular because it's fairly inexpensive to build. A Maine truss fabricator now offers Cape Dormer Trusses that can reduce the cost of these homes by speeding up the framing. The trusses, which are made as stock items, extend from the front edge of the shed roof all the way back to where the full-length roof meets the first floor wall. The trusses are framed 24 inches on-center, and come in 24-, 26-, and 28-foot spans. At about $65 each, they're pricier than framing lumber, but the extra cost is offset by the labor savings. The trusses also eliminate the need for attic kneewalls