a dormer made to look smaller than it really is through a Vanishing Point
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Vanishing Point

Just as artists use the concept of a vanishing point to convey a sense of distance, you can design dormers to look bigger or smaller than they are. This dormer minimizes its apparent size. The porch-style hip roof in front keeps the gable roof in back much smaller than it would have been if the gable extended to the front. Adding to the illusion of small size, the top window has smaller panes so it looks farther away.
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