The name of this conversion refers to the ends of your roof – a lot of detached and semi-detached houses in the UK have hipped roofs, meaning that there are more than two sloping sides. These additional slopes reduce headroom and may not be able to support the beams and joists required by a loft conversion, so hip to gable conversion alters the roof to create vertical sides instead.
Hip to Gable loft conversions require changing the outside of the property as well as the interior, so bricks/render need to be matched to the rest of the building to ensure that your conversion looks fantastic inside and out.
Is Planning Permission Required?
Since Hip to Gable conversions involve a major change to the exterior of your home, you may presume that you require planning permission. However, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order, Amendment No. 2 was added in 2008, allowing many homeowners to change their hips to gables without needing planning permission, provided that they work within the confines of this planning order.
It is still important to check your local requirements, as the order hasn’t been approved by all UK councils yet, and if you have already made changes to your home you may need permission for further developments.
Are These Conversions Suitable for Everybody?
While this is a popular conversion type, not everybody can have a Hip to Gable loft conversion. Most detached and semi-detached homes are suitable, provided that they’re not in a conservation area. However, terraced and town houses are unlikely to support this conversion type unless they are at the end of the block. Chalets and bungalows are often not robust enough to support a full-scale loft conversion. Our loft conversion assessment allows us to advise on the best loft conversion to suit your space and requirements. If your property is not suitable for this kind of conversion, we may suggest a Velux or Dormer loft conversion to ensure that you can make the most of your loft while working with the constraints set by the architecture of your home and your local area.
Benefits of Hip to Gable Loft Conversions
A Hip to Gable conversion is the best way to maximise the available space in your home. Since it opens up the roof, it’s a lot easier to fit a fully-integrated staircase or even add more than one room if you would like your new bedroom to include an en-suite. These conversions fit seamlessly with the rest of the house, and the full-sized staircases improve the flow from room to room.