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Have you ever noticed how houses seem to grow with age? As the family gets larger, so does the house. One of the most economical ways to add living area to a house is to finish off the attic space, usually with a couple of dormers incorporated into the design. Dormers provide light and ventilation, and also add some visual "pop," both inside and out. But many first-time dormer builders make the mistake of underestimating the complexity of building even small dormers. On the exterior, you must contend with framing, roofing, fascia, windows, and siding. If you're also finishing the inside, add insulation, drywall, paint, and trim to the list. Along