7.21.14 We met with our builder last week and my idea of having the gable end facing the lake was all wrong. The long side of the lakehouse (31 ft) faces the lake and the short side (24 ft) faces the neighbor and drive. Thus, the gable ends need to face the neighbors and drive. I had hoped to have a straight roofline with no dormers to avoid snow build up, leaking and all that fun stuff.
This is going to be a small home, about 1500 sq ft so we really have to figure out how to best use our space. And having the living room open to the porch and the kitchen look out at lake sounds like a nice layout, but need the 31 ft on the lakeside to achieve this. So now I am thinking shed dormer because I think the snow build up and leaks will be minimal with a shed.
Now I just have to find a good house plan.
On a trip to Killington I found this house near Echo Lake and snapped a few shots.
I went skiing at Haystack on 3/1/2015 and snapped this photo of a house they are building.
I like how it is one dormer vs two. But I think the roof over the porch could be a problem with snow load. Some of the other ones, shown above incorporate the roof over the porch, not as an after thought.
What I like about the dormer above is it starts at the peak of the roof and it spans across instead of having 2 or 3 dormers.