A Hip to Gable Loft Conversion is suited to properties with a hipped roof. A hipped roof is a roof which has 3 sloping sides – front and back and side.
This is an ideal type of loft conversion for semi-detached and detached properties with hipped rooves. Like all loft conversions, it’s a brilliant way to improve the space in your property. Because of the way this loft conversion works, it isn’t possible to convert mid-terraced houses, as they don’t have a hip end roof. It could however, be possible for and end-terraced house or certain types of bungalow.
How does it work?
A hip to gable loft conversion replaces the sloping roof with a vertical wall known as a gable. This is how you gain that precious extra space to use for your particular needs.
So when we do this kind of loft conversion we extend the side roof section so instead of sloping inwards, it’s a vertical wall or a gable roof.
It is also possible to extend both the sloping sides of the hipped roof which essentially creates a double hip to gable loft conversion. Or if you really need to create the maximum amount of living space, you can combine a hip to gable conversion with a rear dormer window installed in the back of the roof.
Hip to gable dormer loft conversion
Adding a dormer to a hip to gable loft conversion is very popular because it can add a significant amount of additional living space in the loft. A dormer is a window which is set into the main roof and has a roof of its own which might be a variety of styles. Dormers windows can project from a small section of the roof or they can extend the whole length of the roof. This is why a dormer can be a good option for a loft conversion because it provides more usable space and height right to the edge of the loft.
There are so many uses for the extra space a loft conversion will create. However you use it, we can help you achieve a space which you will enjoy. We can suggest lots of design techniques which will improve the look and feel of your new living space. Light wells and mad to measure storage areas can make all the difference.
Do you need planning permission for a hip-to-gable loft conversion?
Does a hip to gable loft conversions class as permitted development?
Most hip-to-gable loft conversions will come within permitted development rules and so will not require full planning permission. Of course, if your property is a listed building or in a conservation area, it is possible that there may be some planning restrictions and you may have to apply for full planning permission. We always advise you to contact your local authority to be absolutely sure before we begin building work. Once we have completed the loft conversion, it will require building regulations approval.
If Hip and Gable Loft Conversion is the right choice for you – contact us today for a free site survey.
Things to consider
There are several factors you need to consider if you are thinking of choosing a hip to gable loft extension. Check the height of your loft at the moment. If the current head height is too low, less than 2.3 metres, it will not be allowed under current building regulations.
You should consider how you will access your new living space. The best option is a full staircase but this wil need to be checked to make sure that there is the space available for the staircase to be positioned in a way that will make the most of the loft area and the floor below. architect needs to ensure that there is enough space to position it in a way that will make the most of the loft and the floor below.
Before you start you will need to decide what you are going to use your new iving space for. Whether it be a master bedroom with en suite, on office or a gym area. Certain standard will need to be taken into account for it to be designagted as habitable space. If you want advice on this or anything else – contact us today for a free site survey.