Occasional examples also turn up in adjacent New Hampshire and Maine, but it's a window placement that's rare elsewhere. Perhaps rightly so: A diagonal window sitting a few inches above a roof plane would seem to be a recipe for slow-motion disaster. Surprisingly, none of the half-dozen or so Vermont-based window restoration contractors we spoke with could recall ever having to make extensive repairs to a Vermont Window. Most speculated that the gable-end overhang typical of Vermont vernacular farmhouses—fairly generous in size and seldom more than a foot or so above the window's upper edge—provides enough protection from weather to make up for the design's obvious shortcomings. Read more.