How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Reciprocating saw
  • Circular saw
  • Framing square
  • 2-ft. and 4-ft. levels
  • Stapler
  • Extension ladder
  • Hammer
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Tool belt

Roof brackets, scaffolding boards, personal fall arrest system

In order to come up with a Materials List for a gabled dormer, make a detailed drawing or have an architect draw a plan and then make a materials list from the plan. Some lumberyards will make the materials list for you from an architect's plan.