One of the most popular kinds of loft conversions is a hip to gable conversion. It’s a great way to create extra room in your attic space without altering the look of your property too greatly. But before committing to extending your home with this type of loft conversion, there are a number of things you need to know. In this blog, we’re going to give you an overview of what a hip to gable loft conversion is and whether it’s something you can consider for your property.
What is a hip to gable loft conversion?
Most detached or semi-detached properties have at least one “hipped roof”. This is a roof “with a sharp edge or edges from the ridge to the eaves where the two sides meet.” – Thanks OED. Unfortunately, this means existing loft space is often limited by the sloping roof, making it difficult to create a loft conversion without extending your property.
A hip to gable loft conversion will extend your property on the sloping side. The idea is to replace the sloping roof with a vertical wall (the gable) at the end to the same height as the ridge, and filling in the space in between. The added space can then be used for whatever purpose you see fit! Typically it will be big enough for an office, bathroom, playroom or even a small living space.
If your property has more than one hipped roof then you can have more than one hip to gable conversion. Meaning more added space for you to play with!
Planning permission and hip to gable conversions
In 2008 laws were brought in to allow homeowners in the UK to conduct a small amount of development or extension work (known as ‘permitted developments’) to their property without notifying their Local Authority. This means that, in most cases, hip to gable conversions can be carried out without needing planning permission.
As with all major home renovations, it’s always worth contacting your Local Authority to check. You may also find that you will need planning permission if you have carried out a number of permitted developments, such as a previous extension or a conservatory, on your property already, or if the volume added by your conversion is particularly large.
Is a hip to gable loft conversion suitable for my property?
The first thing you’ll need to look out for it whether your property has a hipped roof. If your property is detached or semi-detached has a hip-end roof, then this sort of loft conversion is certainly a viable option for you.
You can also consider a hip to gable loft conversion if your property is a bungalow. However extra care should be taken when deciding whether to extend a single storey building in this way, as sometimes the structure will not be able to cope with the added strain a conversion will put on it.
If your property is a mid-terrace, then a hip to gable is obviously not possible as there is no hip-end to the roof.
Whatever style your property, the roof must be of sufficient height between the top ridge and the joists of the ceiling below to allow the creation of sufficient living space. If the original height is not there in the first place, then a hip to gable loft conversion will not be viable or cost effective. This is something a surveyor will be able to assist you with!