Cozy Cottage Farm

6 Dormers


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Who are those people on my roof? And what are they doing to my house?

My husband, Ray, a retired architect and home designer, assured me that the new dormers would not leak, the roof would not cave in! It was too painful to watch; I took a drive to Saratoga Springs to visit my friend, Laurie.

When we bought our cozy cottage on the hill facing the Green Mountains of Vermont, there were 3 dormers – but – they were not facing the Green Mountains of Vermont. They were facing County Route 59 (Center Cambridge Road). There are tall trees blocking any view. Besides, who would want a view of CR 59: trucks, cars, and bikers? An aerial view of our house (circa 1950) shows a very different view. There were no trees blocking the view from the 3 original dormers. County Route 59 was very much a country road. But still the view facing the Green Mountains was so much more desirable. Plus, my husband assured me, 3 more dormers would add great air circulation to the attic, soon to be converted to a bedroom. Still, I was doubtful.

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Ray was right. Rob, our son, who agreed with his father, was right, the workers they hired were good enough. They came back and fixed the couple of problems I got crazy over! And now we have a view to be envied. My daughter, Katharine, lives upstairs in what was an unfinished attic (circa 2004) and is now a large bedroom with an attached bathroom. The view from the 6 dormers is amazing, through every window, during all 4 seasons.

This Post is dedicated to my husband, Ray, and our son, Robin, for their vision, persistence, and hard work. They finished the attic themselves, only hiring a plumber for the rough plumbing, and Home Depot to install the carpeting. Here’s to MANPOWER – ya’ gotta’ love those guys!!

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