Deciding whether to use dormers or skylights to admit natural light into a finished attic space depends on several factors.

1. The first is the architectural style of your home. Will the style of the home work with dormers. Keep in mind that there are many types and styles of dormers and you can probably find a style that works with your home.

2. The second factor to consider is whether your local building codes or your neighborhood homeowners association (or the historical society in the case of a historic home) will permit you to add dormers, skylights or roof windows.

3. The next consideration is how you plan to use the room. Do you need to have light coming from a specific direction? This would be a critical consideration if the room will be used as an artist’s studio.

4. Finally, you need to consider costs and your project budget.